With around 1,300 kilometres of coastline, the Falkland Islands can be explored by yacht and are the perfect setting for a sailing adventure. Turquoise blue seas and white sand beaches, home to an amazing array of wildlife, are the essence of any sailing experience.
A small number of companies offer Falklands’ expeditions or include the Islands as part of a wider itinerary. Visits can usually be tailored to the requests of passengers and access destinations that would normally be unavailable to larger and deeper drafted vessels.
Landings will include walks and shore excursions to various places of interest. Enjoy the thrill of a zodiac (inflatable boat) ride then take things at your own pace, or on a tailor-made trip agreed with your Captain. Time ashore and aboard will offer the opportunity to taste delicious Falklands-sourced foods including home-grown vegetables, locally-reared meat and the delights of smoko.
Falklands’ travel agencies can connect you with local vessel owners and offer itinerary suggestions. Add on the Antarctic or South Georgia and you are definitely destined for the holiday of a lifetime.
Private yachts are warmly welcomed to the Islands but are requested to give at least 24 hours’ notice of their intentions to both Customs and Immigration and the Harbour Authorities. Stanley must be the first port of call for visiting yachtsman who wish to further explore the Islands.
Information on regulations regarding maritime safety, biosecurity, designated harbours, anchorages and port operations can be obtained from the Falkland Islands Harbour Master, and you can download the the Harbour Information Booklet here.
A Seafarers’ Centre is located at the eastern end of Stanley providing various services to sailors. Showers, laundry facilities, opportunities for rest and recreation, internet access including skype and wi-fi along with a café service can be obtained.