Falkland Islands (Stanley)

Capital of the Falklands since 1845, tiny Stanley lies on the windswept tip of East Falkland Island. The Falklands long served as a way station for ships, particularly whalers, bound to and from Cape Horn. The islands' rigorous environment is immediately apparent: Stanley Harbor is dotted with the hulks of vessels that succumbed to the fierce winds and waves of the South Atlantic. While their strategic location led to important roles in both World Wars, the islands are best remembered as the cause of the 1982 war between Argentina and the United Kingdom. Today, travelers increasingly journey to the islands to view their rich assortment of bird and marine life.

Colorful houses occupy the low rolling moorland bordering Stanley Harbor. Stanley's climate resembles London's - cool and rainy though summer visitors are often blessed with clear, sunny skies.

Note: Stanley is an anchorage port. Guests transfer to shore via ship's tender.

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Points of Interest

  • Bluff Cove and/or Gentoo Penguin
  • Rockhopper Penguin Colony
  • Volunteer Point
  • Historic Dockyard Museum
  • Christ Church Cathedral/Whalebone Arch
  • Battlefield Sites
  • Kelp Point
  • Nature Trek
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  • Bluff Cove and/or Gentoo Penguin

    The tiny inlet of Bluff Cove features a Falkland Island museum as well as a privately owned wildlife haven, where you can get up close and personal with hundreds of playful Gentoo penguins.

  • Rockhopper Penguin Colony

    The Falkland Islands have some of the largest rockhopper penguin colonies in the world. So unaffected by the presence of humans, you can stand by and watch them hop down to the sea for food.

  • Volunteer Point

    Volunteer Point is home to the largest population of king penguins in the Falklands, with a range of low cliffs and sandy and boulder beaches with extensive off shore kelp beds.

  • Historic Dockyard Museum

    A set of buildings with themed exhibition areas containing a notable collection of historic and maritime relics including displays from the Falklands War of 1982.

  • Christ Church Cathedral/Whalebone Arch

    With a renowned monument constructed by giant blue whale jawbones on its grounds, this turn-of-the-century Anglican cathedral built from stone and brick is a National Treasure.

  • Battlefield Sites

    Throughout the island is evidence of the Falkland Islands' 1982 war with Argentina including man-made bunkers, fox holes, discarded clothing, unused munitions, and still-active and clearly marked land mines in the countryside.

  • Kelp Point

    The secluded home to a colony of seasonal elephant seals, Kelp Point lies on the eastern edge of East Falkland, approximately 1.5 hours from Stanley One study in the Falkland Island's concluded that harem masters produced as many as 125 pups.

  • Nature Trek

    The east end of Stanley Harbor is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, including colonies of penguins, sea lions, albatross, ferns, grasses and the national flower, delicate pale maidens.

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City Walking Tour

2 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-380
  • Historic Dockyard Museum
  • Christ Church Cathedral/Whalebone Arch
  • Battlefield Sites

Discover the highlights of Stanley during this two-hour, guided walking tour. View a 19th century cathedral, memorials from WWI and the 1982 conflict, the Government House and a Victorian-style police station. Learn about the history of the Falkland Islands with a visit to the Historic Dockyard & Museum.

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City Drive & Museum (Guided in Spanish)

2 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-202
  • Historic Dockyard Museum

Perfect for the first time visitor, this two-hour excursion takes in all the colorful and scenic sights of Falkland's capital city. The iconic Christ Church Cathedral and Whalebone Arch are just a few of the highlights. Learn about the history of the Falkland Islands with a visit to the Historic Dockyard & Museum.

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City Drive & Museum

2 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-200
  • Christ Church Cathedral/Whalebone Arch
  • Historic Dockyard Museum

Perfect for the first time visitor, this two-hour excursion takes in all the colorful and scenic sights of Falkland's capital city. The iconic Christ Church Cathedral and Whalebone Arch are just a few of the highlights. Learn about the history of the Falkland Islands with a visit to the Historic Dockyard & Museum.

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Falkland Battlefields

2.5 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-210
  • Battlefield Sites

Explore the battlefields of the 1982 Falklands War with an expert guide. You will visit the epicenter of some of the main battles fought in 1982.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes snack

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Falklands Nature Trek

3 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-390
  • Nature Trek

Attention, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts! Get up close to the impressive birdlife of the Falkland Islands on a nature trek at Hadassa Bay, home to Magellanic penguins, 30 bird species and the occasional sea lion. With checklist in hand, your expert guide will lead the way to the best sightings.

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Cementerio Argentino en Darwin (Guiada en Español)

6 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-142

Empiece su dia con aproximadamente 2.5 horas de viaje desde Stanley a Goose Green. Aqui, usted encontrara el Cementerio de Darwin fundado en 1983 luego que el gobierno Britanico ordenara Ia creacion de un solo Iugar donde las victimas del conflicto puedan permanecer.

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74 DAYS TO VICTORY

4 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-215

Learn the history of the 4-day Malvinas/Falklands War of 1982 on a panoramic driving tour to a number of decisive sites. Visit Fitzroy and Port Pleasant where British landing ships Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram were bombed by Argentine Skyhawk aircraft while transferring troops, ammunition and equipment

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Bertha's Beach & Flatlands Wildlife Excursion

4 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-675

Bertha's Beach is classified as an 'Important Bird Area' and carries the distinction of being a RAMSAR site for its wetlands of international importance. Journey to this remote, white-sand beach that is home to gentoo penguins, Magellanic penguins, endemic Falkland wildlife, over 80 different plant species and dolphins frolicking off shore.

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Gentoo Penguins Expedition at Newans Station

2.5 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-665
  • Bluff Cove and/or Gentoo Penguin

Take an exhilarating off-road safari through Stanley's unspoiled landscape to a protected gentoo penguin colony at Newans Farm for an up-close-and-person look. Among this rugged beauty you'll have a front-row seat to spectacular views of the islands and the amazing wildlife.

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Local Connections-Bluff Cove Penguin Rookery

3 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-635
  • Bluff Cove and/or Gentoo Penguin

Marvel at over 1,000 pairs of gentoo penguins and the king penguin colony at the famed rookery in Bluff Cove with local owners Kevin and Hattie Kilmartin. Stroll the beach where the penguins come ashore and watch for sea lions and dolphins. Visit the Bluff Cove museum and unique gift shop.

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Rockhopper Penguin Colony

4 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-645
  • Rockhopper Penguin Colony

Explore the natural kingdom of the rare rockhopper penguin colony, which makes its home along the shores of Berkeley Sound. Enjoy cakes and tea or coffee during your visit while you observe and photograph the Falkland Islands smallest penguin.

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North Pond Penguin Tour

6 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-650
  • Battlefield Sites

Indulge in an "up close and personal" penguin experience during this guided adventure via 4WD vehicle to a penguin rookery. Drive off road to access North Pond where hundreds of penguins waddle between the sea and their nesting grounds. Enjoy a packed lunch as you take in breathtaking vistas.

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Sand Point Exclusive Wildlife Excursion

8 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-680

Remote Sand Point is nestled on the north coast of the Lorenzo Farm, a peaceful location with diverse landscapes. A 4x4 vehicle takes you to an active penguin colony to view gentoo, Magellan and occasionally king penguins as well as breeding and migratory birds. Then, visit one of the largest whalebone cemeteries.

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Kelp Point Exclusive Wildlife Excursion

7.5 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-660
  • Kelp Point

Home to a growing elephant seal colony, Kelp Point, one of the most scenic areas of the Falkland Islands, is accessible only by 4WD vehicle. Nature enthusiasts will relish the opportunity to get up close to these gentle giants as well as the playful penguins that make their home in a nearby rookery.

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Best of Port Stanley: Volunteer Point

7 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-655
  • Battlefield Sites
  • Volunteer Point

Spend the day at one of the largest penguin colonies in the Falklands. Volunteer Point is home to 1,300 king penguins, as well as a number of gentoo and Magellanic penguins, and a large number of birds. Wander the colonies of the saltwater lagoon while enjoying lunch and refreshments.

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Seal Bay Secluded Wildlife Encounter

7 hours | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | PSY-670
  • Rockhopper Penguin Colony

Journey in 4x4 vehicles to secluded and scenic Seal Bay, home to several species of penguin. Fill your camera with images from one of the most remote tourist destinations in the Falklands Islands, where nature is still in charge and wildlife outnumber the guests 600 to 1.

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