West Falkland has a scattered population across a number of settlements and farms. Characterised by rugged hills and spectacular coastline, the West is home to a variety of wildlife, great hill-walking opportunities and a chance to really get away from it all.
There are many places to stay on West Falkland including a comfortable lodge at Port Howard, farm-stays and homely cottages. Itineraries can easily be organised to include a range of destinations or a short stop-over to get a feel for the way of life on this island.
A ferry runs from New Haven on East Falkland to Port Howard on the West. Dolphins frequently swim alongside as the boat nears a landing and there is a sense of being able to reach out and almost touch the land either side as the vessel makes its way through the narrows to Port Howard. The voyage is around two hours and can be undertaken as a foot passenger or with a vehicle.
Most international visitors are more likely to travel to West Falkland with the Government Air Service (FIGAS), landing on one of the many airstrips serving the small communities of the West. Accommodation providers will arrange a transfer service and further transportation to the various points of interest. Roads link the main settlements and farms, with off-road experiences available to more remote locations. Vehicle tours are on offer.
There is much to see. The largest settlements of Fox Bay and Port Howard are excellent jump-off points whilst smaller settlements provide an enjoyable feeling of isolation and a break from the rigours of everyday life. Take time to explore the coastline on foot, watch the wildlife, do some fishing, climb one of the West’s many hills or simply relax and admire the dramatic views.
West Falkland beckons to be part of any island-hopping itinerary.