Lying a few hundred miles from Cape Horn and a thousand miles North of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands are one of the world's great wilderness areas. They are the breeding ground for thousands of birds and sea mammals. There is no better place to see penguins in the wild.
Why book with Tours of Exploration?
- We specialize in customized, personalized tours that we can add-on or modify to any pre-existing itinerary. Consider the Falkland Islands a chapter of a much larger adventure!
- We choose to work with local partners, not only to guarantee an immersive, culturally and naturally authentic experience; but also to economically support the area's local population. Wildlife and ecology conservation is at our highest priority!
- Book with confidence as deposits are risk-free and refundable.
2021 - 2022 Departure Dates & Cost
Private custom departures every Saturday from November to March
8 days/7 nights: $ 2,750 USD
15 days/14 nights: $ 4,970 USD
Per person based on twin from Mount Pleasant
Includes domestic flights in the Falklands
Airfare: Santiago, Chile/Mount Pleasant return approximately $ 880
Extensions in Chile are available before and after your Falklands Journey!
Day 1: Arrive Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands (B,D)
On arrival you will be met by our land operators and transfer by Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS) 8-seater Britten Norman Islander aircraft to Pebble Island. The relatively low level flying provides passengers with exceptional views of the Falklands coastlines and inland scenery. Immediate transfer to Pebble Island. 2 nights twin room including all meals at Pebble Island Lodge.
Day 2: Pebble Island (B,L,D)
Pebble Island is one of the larger outlying islands. The landscape varies greatly from large ponds and moorland to long sandy beaches and rocky cliffs. The deep ponds on the east of the island, many of which are within walking distance of the lodge, are home to Chiloe wigeon, Grebes, Black-necked swans and a multitude of other wildfowl and wading birds. A full day guided tour in 4x4 vehicle offers ample opportunity to see the abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery further afield from the settlement, as well as hunting for the semiprecious stones that give the island its name. Pebble also has something for the historian with some 1982 conflict debris. Alternatively relax in the comfortable lodge, previously the farm manager's house, which offers views across the island to Elephant Beach that has even doubled as an airstrip for the Islander aircraft.
Day 3 & 4: Sea Lion Island (B,L,D)
Transfer by FIGAS to Sea Lion Island where you will stay at the purpose-built Sea Lion Lodge. Sea Lion Island is one of the smallest in the Falklands archipelago, and the most southerly inhabited island, but is still the prime destination with the sheer abundance of wildlife in such a small area making it a must on any Falklands itinerary. An orientation tour by vehicle upon will point out the principle areas of interest. Everything is in easy walking distance of the lodge and a map and guidelines for safe wildlife viewing are given out on arrival. The internationally endangered Striated caracara, Antarctic skuas, Southern giant petrels, and a host of passerines can all be seen on this island. Not to be missed are the Southern sea lions at East Loafers, and the Elephant seals which bask on the white sandy beach at the appropriately named Elephant Corner. The latter are close enough to be seen from the lodge bar! Keep an eye open and there is the occasional killer whale to be spotted off shore as well. 2 nts twin room including all meals at Sea Lion Lodge.
Day 5 & 6: Saunders Island (B,L,D)
On arrival you will travel overland to the wildlife hotspot known as The Rookery – a drive of about 40 minutes. Rookery Inn is an isolated fully equipped two bedroom self-catering cottage located on the cliff top with magnificent views of the islands along the north of West Falkland. This 30,000 acre island is the site of the first British settlement in 1765. The attraction to wildlife enthusiasts is the Black-browed Albatross colony which stretches along the north coast. This is one of the Falklands best wildlife sites with Gentoo, Rockhopper, Magellanic penguins as well as the albatross right at your doorstep.
Day 7 : Stanley (B,L)
Transfer by Figas to Stanley. On arrival at Stanley Airport transfer to your bed & breakfast accommodation. You may is you wish explore Stanley on your own. There are historic and most modern parts of this small and remote capital city, as well as a museum. You might also wish to take a taxi to the Magellanic penguin colony at Gypsy Cove if you have not already seen enough of them.
Day 8: Falkland Islands departure (B)
Transfer to Mount Pleasant Airport. Your route will take you past many of the 1982 battlefields and, more historically, relics from the gaucho era of the 1800's.
2 week programs available - if interested please request an itinerary
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What Our Clients Say ...
"We just returned from our trip to the Falkland Islands with an extension in Chile and it was fantastic! Marvelous. There was so much wildlife, it was like being in a zoo. We recommend this trip to anyone." John & Elvie Newell, Sunshine Coast BC