Falkland Islands Explorer

from £4923
excluding flights *
9 nights Oct

Overview

This wildlife focused expedition cruise circles the majestic isles of the Falklands, home to gold sand beaches, quintessentially British cultural features, a multitude of marine mammals, several endemic bird species and countless comical penguins.

Highlights

  • Photograph up to 5 different species of penguin
  • Look on as elephant seal bulls battle over harems of females
  • Encounter albatross, cormorants, shags and many other birds
  • Watch for whales and dolphins riding the waves
  • Admire the scenic streets and well maintained gardens of Stanley

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Shore landings & Zodiac cruises
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations on board
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage

Full description

Make daily shore landings on some of the most notable islands in this remote south Atlantic archipelago. The journey will offer fantastic opportunities for photographing an array of wildlife including rockhopper, gentoo, Magellanic and king penguins, elephant seals, albatross and a variety of dolphins and whales. You may also encounter birdlife found no-where else on earth, such as Cobb’s wrens and tussock birds.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

2018/19 Departures

Departure Duration Vessel Prices from (pp)
29 Oct 2018 10 days M/V Ortelius £5,182
01 Nov 2019 10 days M/V Plancius £5,273

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of quad, triple, single and superior cabins.

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Vessels

Itinerary & Vessels

Day 1: embark in Puerto Madryn

Embark in Puerto Madryn (Argentina) and sail towards the Falkland Islands. The waters here are famed for sightings of the southern right whale.

Days 2-3: at sea

As you continue towards the Falklands, the ship will likely be followed by several species of albatross, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels. The expedition team will also begin the lecture program, ensuring you are well prepared for the exciting experiences ahead over the next few days.

Days 4-8: Falkland Islands exploration

The Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas) are best known to the wider public for the war between the UK and Argentina in 1982. However, they are fast becoming one of the world’s most extraordinary wildlife watching destinations, boasting not only various species of marine mammals and sea birds, but magical close up encounters with the friendly penguin locals.

Locations visited may include:

The rarely visited Steeple Jason Island. This is a wild place dominated by wind and waves. The weather and swell conditions will dictate if a landing can be made here. Steeple Jason is the home of the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world.

Carcass Island - This rodent free isle has a bounty of birdlife from breeding Magellanic and gentoo penguins, to numerous waders and passerine birds including several endemics to the islands, such as the Cobb’s wren and tussock bird.

On Saunders Island, see the majestic black-browed albatross and their sometimes-clumsy landings near their nesting site, along with breeding Imperial shags and rockhopper penguins. King penguins, Magellanic penguins, and gentoo penguins are also present here.

West Point Island is also inhabited by a great number of black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper penguins.

The large white sandy beach at Volunteer Point is rather exposed but offers the second largest king penguin colony in the world, along with a plentiful other birdlife.

Sparrow Cove/ Kidney Cove on the northeast shore of Berkeley Sound, not far from Port Stanley, offers a great hike to enjoy the view over the surrounding scenery.

In Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, you can experience the island culture, which has some South American characteristics as well as quaint Victorian charm; colourful houses, well-tended gardens, and English style pubs. In the surrounding area you can see a number of stranded clippers bearing witness to the hardships of sailors in the 19th Century. The small, but very interesting museum is also well worth a visit.

On Bleaker Island there are excellent wildlife watching opportunities. Dark-faced ground-tyrants and Magellanic snipes both inhabit the area, along with large numbers of gentoo, Magellanic and rockhopper penguins. King cormorants nest inland, often accompanied by eagle eyed skewers after an easy meal.

Sea Lion Island is the home of the largest breeding colony of southern elephant seals in the archipelago, with approximately 2000 individuals on the northern beaches in early summer. A good hike will lead to a southern sea lion haul out.

Coffin’s Harbour offers a hike which brings rewards such as nesting black-browed albatross and rockhopper penguins. A more strenuous hike to Land’s End Bluff may offer great views of South American fur seals.

Day 9: at sea

Journey back towards South America, again keeping watch for seabirds and whales

Day 10: disembarkation in Ushuaia

Arrive back in Ushuaia for disembarkation and to begin your journey home.

Notes

Important Reminder: All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!

M/V Ortelius

Antarctica

Type: Expedition Ship

Built in 1989, the Ortelius offers a maximum of 116 passengers.

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