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Falkland Islands holidays
With immaculate beaches, huge open spaces and an abundance of wildlife, there is a great deal to offer visitors. The archipelago consists of East Falkland, West Falkland and 776 lesser islands. If you are lucky you can see up to five species of penguin in one day in one place – king, gentoo, rockhopper, magellanic and macaroni. Seals, sea lions and elephant seals, a copious amount of birdlife and even minke whale and killer whale can also be found here.
The scenery and wildlife in the Falklands is outstanding. Take a flight to Sea Lion Island, the most southerly of the inhabited Falkland Islands to encounter the endangered striated caracara, Antarctic skua, and elephant seal. Or, take a full day excursion to Volunteer Point, an impressive peninsula to the north of East Falkland. Here you can see the world’s largest accessible colony of king penguins.
Pebble Island, one of the larger outlying islands, is home to an array of wildlife, including Chiloe wigeon, grebe and black-necked swan. Pebble Island is also one of the world’s best places to see rockhopper, gentoo, magellanic penguin and southern sea lion.
Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, has a population of around 2000. Brightly painted corrugated iron roofs adorn the houses and colour the waterfront. Street names such as Ross Road, Fitzroy Road, Philomel Street, Barrack Street and Shackleton Drive all have their origins in historic personages. Greetings from passers-by, a lack of city hustle and bustle, red phone boxes, no traffic lights, small streets, all contribute to the friendly and rural atmosphere of Stanley. You can send a postcard home here using Royal Mail stamps, paid for in sterling.
Volunteer Point, named after the ship Volunteer, has the largest King penguin colony in the Islands. Around 1,300 adults rear 400 chicks each year. Over 1,000 pairs of Gentoo penguins are resident all year round at Volunteer Point, and many other bird species have been recorded in the area, such as several breeding pairs of Falkland skua who target the penguins eggs and young.
Visit a number of battle sites such as Tumbledown, Mount Kent, Two Sisters and Wireless Ridge. In the final days of the 1982 conflict, the British army advanced towards Stanley and were met by entrenched Argentinian positions established on the ring of hills surrounding the capital.
Most of the island is wild, with extensive areas of tussac grass where birds thrive and elephant seals sleep. There are long sandy beaches, rocky headlands and two large freshwater ponds.
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