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About Port Stanley

With a mere 2,932 permanent residents, there are reputedly 167 sheep for every human in the Falkland Islands, making it the highest number of sheep per capita of anywhere in the world. New Zealand can only look on enviously with a paltry seven sheep per head. Happily, there are more interesting pastimes in Stanley than counting its woolly inhabitants; a haven for marine wildlife and an ornithologist's dream, expect to encounter seals, whales and a huge penguin population. Possessing a roughhewn charm, Stanley offers the pleasantly disorientating feel of an eccentric British village, 8,000 miles from home. The fresh seafood and lamb is, of course, superb.

 

Shore excursions in Port Stanley

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Bluff Cove Penguins

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 3 hours

Enjoy an off-road adventure as you head to Bluff Cove penguin rookery, and capture magnificent photo opportunities en route.

Hop aboard your minibus for a scenic drive through Stanley. En route, you’ll pass by the battlefields from the 1982 conflict. Your adventure starts upon arrival at Bluff Cove Farm, where you’ll transfer to a 4x4 vehicle, for an exhilarating 20 minute off-road experience across private farmland to reach the Bluff Cove Lagoon penguin colonies.

Upon arrival at the lagoon, you’ll be met by the rangers for a brief introduction, then enjoy some free time to wander around the penguin colony and along the sandy white beach. There are approximately 1,000 pairs of Gentoo Penguins that nest annually by the beautiful beach at Bluff Cove. These penguins protect the growing colony of King Penguins and their chicks. Magellanic Penguins are often seen on the beach, as they nest in burrows close by. Bluff Cove offers some great photo opportunities with a large lagoon and a long sandy beach that is sometimes patrolled by sea lions from a nearby island. Dolphins occasionally play in the surf where the waves break on the beach.

Visit the museum and gift shop which depicts life in the Falklands and sells unique souvenirs, handmade gifts including Bluff Cove tweed and yarn and postcards, which can be stamped and posted at the lagoon. At the Sea Cabbage Café, tucked under a grass bank overlooking the beach, enjoy some delicious homemade cakes, cookies, and scones with tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and 4x4. Layered clothing and a jacket are recommended. Passengers with neck or back problems are advised not to book this tour. Passengers are advised not to smoke, nor leave any rubbish. The 4x4 can take a maximum of 4 passengers.

Falkland Battlefields

Activity high

Duration: 2½ hours

Visit the Battle Memorials depicting the fierce battle between Argentina and Great Britain in 1982.

Take a scenic drive to the west to the epicenter of the main battles fought during the conflict in 1982. En-route your guide will set the scene of the political atmosphere during the period before the conflict, and indeed the catalyst of the conflict. Have your camera close to hand, as you enjoy beautiful panoramas taking in the famous 'Boot Hill' and the wind turbines that supply the capital with up to 40% of its energy requirements.

A brief photo stop will be made at Estancia Farm, where 100’s of British troops were based from the beginning of June 1982. Hear how many of the locals helped the troops, even using their off road driving skills to move munitions under the cover of darkness up the mountain sides. As you continue back towards Stanley, your guide will explain the mountain battlefield sites where British forces, after crossing the hazardous wastes of East Falkland on foot, fought in conditions reminiscent of WW1, to end the Argentine occupation of the Islands on 2nd April 1982. Along the way you’ll stop at a site where the wreckage of a chinook and Puma helicopters lie. Historic battle rich sites such as Sapper Hill, Mt William, Mt Tumbledown, Mt Harriet and Two Sisters will be seen, as well as Mt Longdon and Wireless Ridge. There are a surprisingly large amount of remnants of the war scattered across the Islands, and many of these will be pointed out en route.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves walking over uneven ground. Please wear comfortable, closed toe footwear, a warm, waterproof jacket and a hat. Binoculars are highly recommended if you have them.

Falkland Scenic Flightseeing

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 1½ hours

Come fly with us and discover the stunning Falkland Island landscape from above.

It’s up, up and away as you take to the skies in a twin engine Britten-Norman Islander aircraft operated by the Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS).

Embark on a short scenic drive to the airport, where you’ll be met by your pilot and given a Scenic Air Tour booklet, which provides information on the places you may see and a brief history about FIGAS.

Your 35 minute flight will give you a taste of the rugged mountainous terrain, wild landscapes and the natural coastal beauty of this part of the Falkland Islands. A few places of interest you may see are, Stanley and the harbour, Gypsy Cove, Cape Pembroke Lighthouse, Lady Elizabeth shipwreck, Mount Tumbledown, Longdon, Two Sisters and Harriet rock formations locally known as ‘Stone Runs’. Have your camera at the ready and keep an eye out for whales, dolphins or even an albatross in flight.

Back at the airport, enjoy some free time to view the exclusive FIGAS Scenic Air Tour souvenirs.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and plane. The flight time is approximate. The exact flight route may vary, therefore we cannot guarantee the sights which will be seen during the tour. Passengers must be able to negotiate several steps to board the aircraft.

Falklands 4x4 Adventure

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 6½ hours

Enjoy an off-road adventure to see some of the natural wildlife of the North Coast.

Admire the rugged beauty of the islands as you drive to Cape Dolphin in your 4x4 with the driver as your guide. See rock formations locally known as 'Stone Runs' as well as remnants of an Argentine Chinook and an Argentine Puma from the 1982 conflict. Before you reach Cape Dolphin, enjoy a thrilling 30 minute 'off road' experience to reach your destination.

At the North Pond a stunning backdrop of soft sandy beach and crystal blue waters regularly play host to Gentoo, Magellanic and King Penguins. Get up close and personal with the penguins to take some magnificent pictures of these entertaining birds. Cast your eyes out to the surf for a glimpse of Peale’s dolphins, or up into the sky to see some of the many species of birds that are native to the islands.

Your adventure continues as you head south over the Verde Mountains, past San Carlos and over the Sussex Mountains, where you can capture the breathtaking panoramic views of the Falkland’s countryside. Pass by Goose Green, (where over one hundred islanders were held captive in the community hall during the 1982 conflict), and the British Military base known as “Mount Pleasant” which was opened by Prince Andrew in 1985.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by 4x4. Layered clothing and a jacket are recommended. Passengers with neck or back problems are advised not to book this tour. A packed lunch will be given at the North Pond. The 4x4 can take a maximum of 6 passengers.

Falklands Flora and Fauna Trek

Activity high

Duration: 3 hours

View the Falkland Islands fabulous flora and fauna, a once in a lifetime experience for all nature lovers.

From Whalebone Cove you’ll start your 3½ mile hike to discover the Falklands’ natural beauty. Your specialist guide will provide a tour specific illustrated checklist and provide you with some background information to the islands’ wildlife, and what you might expect to see.

Make sure you have your camera and binoculars at the ready, as en-route you may see the dark-faced Ground-Tyrant, the Falkland Thrush, the Upland Goose and the Falkland Steamer Duck. The lush flora includes Diddle-Dee, a local shrub with edible red berries which is used to make delicious jam, Native Boxwood, Pale Maiden (the national flower) and Falkland Lavender to name but a few. As well as the diverse flora and fauna, enjoy the rolling views of Stanley.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus. Passengers are advised to bring their own binoculars, camera and pen or pencil. Due to the unpredictable weather conditions it is advisable to bring warm, waterproof clothing and wear sensible footwear. The hike is strenuous due to the rough, uneven terrain.

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