Save the mainstream island vacation for next year, because an adventure to the Falkland Islands is the trip every traveler needs to take. It’s time to see the beach like never before by strolling the white sandy shorelines of the sub-Antarctic. Make your next getaway one you will never forget when you take the cruise of a lifetime to the Falkland Islands.
Now let’s get into what adventure awaits when you take a Falkland islands cruise to this breathtaking archipelago of the south Atlantic.
The Most Unconventional Day at the Beach
Leave thoughts of palm trees behind while you get ready to enjoy a relaxing stroll along the white sandy beaches of the Falkland Islands. A pleasant surprise for many polar travelers, the Falkland Islands has not one but multiple beautiful beaches to visit, such as:
- Volunteer Beach on East Falkland – a 2-mile stretch of sand that is home to the Falkland Islands largest colony of King penguins.
- Elephant Beach on Pebble Island – a 4-mile stretch that is frequented by dolphins.
- Carcass Island – stroll the white sand beach or venture across varied terrain of rocky ridges, steep cliffs and hidden coves. Make sure to keep an eye out for Gentoo and Magellanic penguins which are known to rest on the beach.
A Bird Watchers Paradise
A trip to the Falkland Islands is a must for wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers alike. The Falklands are home to world’s largest colony, around 70 percent, of the black-browed albatross population that inhabit Steeple Jason Island. Definitely the place to bring your binoculars, the Falklands give bird watchers a chance to observe winged wonders, such as:
- 63 species of breeding birds
- 23 migrant species of birds
The Falkland Islands are also the perfect destination for travelers to maximize their penguin time. This sub-Antarctic region is home to 5 species of penguins, including:
- Gentoo penguins – observe more than 121,000 pairs, the largest population of Gentoo penguins in the world.
- Magellanic penguins – known for having a broad crescent of white feathers that extend from just above each eye to their chin.
- Rockhopper penguins – visibly tiny, quirky looking penguins with beady red eyes and a spiky yellow crest of feathers.
- King penguins – the largest breed of penguin in the Falkland Islands.
- Macaroni penguins – known for being easily identified by their orange head feathers.
Discover Local Culture in Port Stanley
Located on East Falkland, Port Stanley is the quintessential capital of the Falkland Islands. The perfect way to experience the unique lifestyle of this beautiful location, Port Stanley welcomes visitors to enjoy a boutique array of pubs, churches and small museums. Some of the must-see highlights of the capital include:
- Mount Tumbledown – the site of a major battle in the 1982 war between Argentina and Britain.
- Gypsy Cove – observe the Magellanic penguin colony.
- Historic Dockyard Museum – learn all about the maritime history of the Falkland Islands.
Now the only question is, when will you take the most unconventional but exciting polar cruise vacation?