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Recommendations for seeing penquins and Falkland Island?  With our cruise can go to Bluff cove for penguins, or Port Louis Farms at Seal Bay  or can book with Patrick Watts o Volunteer Point who everyone raves about.

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In March 2018 I went to Volunteer Point with Estancia Excursions. Nyree was great with her communications and I had a wonderful driver. There were hundreds of King penguins and also Gentoo and Magellanic penguins. I had a wonderful day and it is the best excursion I have ever been on. 

 

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Without a doubt go to Volunteer Point!  Many, many more penguins than anywhere else on the island and, of course, it includes most of the Kings.  According to Wikipedia

 

Volunteer Point has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA). Birds for which the site is of conservation significance include Falkland steamer ducks (75 breeding pairs), ruddy-headed geese (100 pairs), gentoo penguins (100 pairs), Magellanic penguins (2000 pairs) and white-bridled finches.[2]

Volunteer Point is notable for having about 150 pairs of king penguins breed here, at the most northerly part of their range. King penguins were once nearly extinct in the Falklands, and Volunteer Point contains most of the Falkland population. There are also southern elephant seals.

 

We highly recommend Patrick Watts and heard other passengers on our cruise also speak highly of Estancia.

 

Wonderful pictures PurpleTraveller!

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We did Bluff Cove a little over 2 years ago. It was great (including the drive out there) but there were only about six or eight King Penguins among all the others. We are doing Volunteer Point with Patrick Watts next January having booked months and months ago. It seems as though you have to book very early with him, but at least there is no payment until you get there. 

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There is a reason that people rave about Volunteer Point. I don't think it matters who you book your tour with, everyone that goes to Volunteer Point ends up at the same place. Well worth the cost and the rough ride!

 

Here is a video I made from our day at Volunteer Point this past February that will give you a good idea of what to expect.

 

 

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The only problem with Volunteer Point is the long, rough ride.  If you think you're up for that, it's certainly the best option for seeing penguins.  Another option in Stanley which you didn't mention is Gypsy Cove.  Not a heck of a lot of penguins (maybe a hundred or so), but you will see them up close as they nest and wander around right next to the paths.  It's also very close to the port with a $10 shuttle (each way), so it's also a cheap alternative to Patrick Watts and gives you time afterwards to explore Port Stanley.

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11 minutes ago, mollyredone said:

How long is the ride to Volunteer point?

About 2 hours each way.

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It doesn’t matter who you book to do the trip to Volunteer Point with because you all travel in a convoy as only a certain number can go there each day.

What you will notice though is that the ship excursions are more expensive but as I said everyone travels together so if there are any breakdowns etc there is no problem.

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37 minutes ago, I_Luv_To_Travel said:

It doesn’t matter who you book to do the trip to Volunteer Point with because you all travel in a convoy as only a certain number can go there each day.

What you will notice though is that the ship excursions are more expensive but as I said everyone travels together so if there are any breakdowns etc there is no problem.

 

In our experience each excursion company formed its own convoy and followed different paths.  The Princess excursion gave up and returned to the ship.  This was after rain a day or two earlier resulting in boggy ground conditions.  Our driver/guide said companies were instructed by the land owners (it is private land) on which routes or paths to take so no single one was impacted adversely.  

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Posted (edited)
On ‎5‎/‎16‎/‎2019 at 11:45 AM, AryMay said:

There is a reason that people rave about Volunteer Point. I don't think it matters who you book your tour with, everyone that goes to Volunteer Point ends up at the same place. Well worth the cost and the rough ride!

 

Here is a video I made from our day at Volunteer Point this past February that will give you a good idea of what to expect.

 

 

 

Wonderful, thank you for sharing! What time of year were you there?

Edited by lorri111

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Posted (edited)
13 hours ago, lorri111 said:

 

Wonderful, thank you for sharing! What time of year were you there?

 

Thanks for watching! The video was filmed when we were in the Falklands on February 15 of this year (2019). 

Edited by AryMay

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