Scattered around the edges of East and West Falkland are many smaller islands, making up the archipelago. Most are home only to flora and fauna with no human presence. Visitors can step ashore on a small number of these amazing little islands.
Each island has its own distinct character with different experiences and wildlife to enjoy. Some feature as part of cruise itineraries, some have accommodation, some welcome both cruise and island-hopping visitors.
Wildlife experiences are second-to-none. Whichever small island you visit you will find some of the best that the Falklands has to offer. From the magnificent black-browed albatross to the tiny Cobb’s wren, tall tussac grass to the delicate Lady’s Slipper, discover endemic and native species in profusion. Sightings are guaranteed, up close and personal!
Cruise passengers begin their small island adventures with a zodiac (inflatable small craft) ride from ship to shore. From the landing point, exhilarating walks lead to wildlife colonies and sometimes a traditional Falkland home with a warm welcome to smoko.
At least one small island should be part of any longer-stay visitor itinerary. A minimum of two nights is recommended, three if time allows. This is where you will truly appreciate a sense of isolation, experiencing that wonderful feeling when you realise that as you are out-and-about you will meet no strangers; in fact it’s quite likely you will meet no-one at all. The only sounds surrounding you are those of wind, waves and wildlife.
Your adventure begins with arrival by Islander aircraft, after which you can relax and let your host take care of everything. You will soon feel like an old friend as you quickly become part of the everyday life of the island. Join in with farming activities, take tours or time-out on your own. This is the essence of the Falkland experience.