Falkland Islands wildlife tour
The tour does not include flights to Stanley but we can organise these as part of your package.
Description of Falkland Islands wildlife tour
Brimming with birdlife and home to dolphins, whales and seals, the Falkland Islands remain one of the best kept wildlife secrets in the world. This Falkland Islands wildlife tour is the chance to get close to a huge variety of birds, including five species of penguin, the striking black-browed albatross which nest here, giant petrels and the endangered striated caracara. There are endemic species to spot, too, such as the Falklands flightless steamer duck and the Cobb’s wren. The islands’ beaches and the seas around are home to elephant and fur seals, orca and two species of dolphin.
Short flights transport you between the islands, with orientation walks and wildlife tours included, plus the opportunity to explore Stanley. Alongside the islands’ wildlife, there is brooding scenery to enjoy, fascinating history and welcoming people, all combining to create a unique adventure.
This is a 10 day tour, with domestic flights included and prices based on two people sharing.
1 Reviews of Falkland Islands wildlife tour
Reviewed on 06 Jan 2018 by Gilbert Grant
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Sitting next to penguins and elephant seals was the most memorable.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Do it! Bring warm clothes.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Hosts at various lodges were very warm and obviously loved what they do and wanted to help with all aspects of our trip.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Excellent. Is there a rating above 5?
PlanetThe spectacularly scenic islands of the Falklands are famous for their dramatic landscapes, beautiful flora and enchanting wildlife and we are dedicated to ensuring that the wonder of these beautiful islands are preserved and protected. One of the many ways in which we help to do this is by promoting the local wildlife conservation efforts that are in effect and ensuring that our customers are fully briefed before arrival on how to interact safely and conscientiously with the wildlife they may encounter. Our highly-trained local destination partners ensure that every effort necessary is made to protect the local flora and fauna. Strict guidelines for interaction with wildlife are stringently enforced including respecting Falklands Wildlife by-laws. Giving distance and respect to nesting birds plus keeping specific distances within penguin colonies is particularly essential. By promoting a mutual respect between the tourists, the wildlife and the residents of the islands we believe that the area can continue to thrive and remain as untouched as it ever was.
Our pre-trip literature also includes guidelines for ensuring that the stunning Falklands scenery is in no way tampered with and information on how to reduce your carbon footprint while on the tour, including advice on waste disposal. The locally-owned lodges and guest houses that we use on our tours also actively promote an eco-friendly lifestyle, as well as being involved with the Falklands Conservation organisation.
On this tour we will be taking a number of Internal FIGAS (Falkland Islands Government Air Service) flights in order to reach our multiple destinations. The Falkland Islands have a great air transport network and this network is relied upon for tourists and residents to move freely across the multiple islands, allowing for some of the smaller and less frequently visited islands to gain from the many advantages of tourism. Opportunities to fly around the world in pursuit of amazing wildlife and birds makes a few traditional and purist naturalists uneasy because of aircraft pollution and conservation issues, but as conservationists ourselves we defend the conflict between ecotourism and carbon emissions. We believe that the biodiversity crisis is every bit as bad as the carbon environmental crisis and that we can’t possibly promote wildlife conservation efforts if we don’t open the world up to tourists witnessing these remarkable animals up close in their own natural habitat. We find that our clients generally come back from wildlife expeditions with a higher degree of environmental awareness which naturally results in a better understanding and usually a more effective call to action with their own general environmental habits at home and away, often becoming advocates and becoming much more supportive of wildlife and environmental issues. In an effort to further enhance the positive effects of our tours on the wildlife of the Falkland Islands we are part of the Falklands Conservation “Adopt a Penguin” scheme and we will be actively promoting this scheme to our customers upon return from their trip.
As a company we firmly believe that environmental responsibility starts at home (and the work place of course). We encourage recycling of waste as a company and as individuals. Where possible for business use we use public transport. We are also heavily involved with a project to recycle used or damaged binoculars, which are then repaired and sent to conservation projects across the world.
In addition, we only work with expedition partners who are members of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) and therefore agree to a strong code of ethical conduct and responsible travel which works very successfully.
PeopleTourism in the Falkland Islands is an important revenue stream and our land-based Falkland Islands tours heavily support the local economies on the islands we visit. We can directly create a positive influence on the islands’ economy by only using local guides, local agencies who in turn employ local residents, staying in locally-owned lodges and hotels such as those on Carcass Island & Sea Lion Island, and actively encouraging our customers to invest in the local communities and initiatives. The pre-departure information that we provide contains details from our Falkland Island Partners who know all there is to know about the islands and our in-house experts offer tips on local restaurants and bars and activities operated by those who live and work on the islands, ensuring that every penny spent in the islands stays within the local economy. As part of the tour there will also be a number of battlefield and historic site visits which we believe helps to increase understanding of the political environment in which the residents of the islands live in.
We believe that only by seeing up close the efforts that the residents of the Falkland Islands put in to sustaining and protecting these areas can we encourage customers to help with these conservation efforts, and as with all of our trips across the world, when a customer embarks upon a tailor-made Falklands tour with us we actively promote the idea of making a contribution or donation to a charity or conservation effort related to the destinations they are visiting such as the RSPB’s “Save The Albatross” campaign and local Falklands Wildlife Conservation charities.
We are committed to ethically working with overseas partners who employ and support local communities and local guides who know and love their region like no other, delighted to share knowledge and are dedicated to looking after our valued passengers. Our Falkland Islands Partners have unsurpassed experience in creating and operating tours to the islands that they call home and they place great importance on ensuring that the excellent relationships that currently exist between tourists and the residents of the islands continue to prosper. Information will be provided pre-departure on local etiquette such as the tipping culture and respecting the traditions of local people, as well as the environments that our customers will be visiting.
As a company we are proud of our principle based values which our community can always depend on. We support several home and overseas charities, organisations and campaigns including AfriCat, Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), Save the Albatross, South Georgia Habitat Restoration Project, Wader Trust, Wildlife SOS India and sponsorship of individual and underprivileged children in many countries.
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