As the capital of the Falkland Islands, it is only right to begin your yacht adventure in Stanley. You will be greeted by your guide who will escort you through the quaint streets of this colourful town. Discover the waterfront where stands a whalebone arch, constructed in 1933 from the enormous jawbones of two blue whales. Visit the battlefield sites of 1982 where you will uncover some of the rich history this town has to offer. You will then transfer to your yacht where you will meet your crew and enjoy a delicious lunch before hopping in a tender to Volunteer Point.
Discover the sprawling colony of king penguins that inhabit this sandy peninsula. A cacophony of sounds will greet you as they appear like a comical mirage out of their surroundings. With their rotund stomachs propped on the ground, the chicks look like fuzzy, overripe pears. As you take in these noisy penguins keep your eyes peeled for Falkland thrush, blackish and Magellanic oystercatchers, ground tyrants and pipits. These 778 islands are almost unrivalled when it comes to their abundance and variety of bird life.
Bull Point & Bleaker Island
Enjoy breakfast on board in a bay off Bull Point, the southern-most tip of East Falkland, listening to the calls of the surrounding wildlife. This isolated area can only be reached by an off-road journey or by private vessel. This section of the Falkland Islands is demarcated as an Important Bird Area; a global standard set by Birdlife International due to the astonishing number of birds that populate the area, including Gentoo and Magellanic penguins. If you are feeling brave, this is the perfect opportunity to kayak over the vast depths where whales, elephant seals, and inquisitive sea lions compete for space.
Indulge in a revitalising lunch back on board your yacht whilst effortlessly cruising to Bleaker Island, yet another Important Bird Area. Here you may spot Rockhopper penguins, crested and striated caracaras, Imperial cormorants, Falklands skuas, ruddy-headed geese, grass wrens and tussac birds. You may also catch a glimpse of the rare flying steamer duck, found on inland ponds. Bleaker Island affords the opportunity to spot an array of dolphins and whales from the comfort of your yacht. Spot Peale’s Dolphins darting along kelp beds, Commerson’s Dolphins swimming in the shallows as well as Sei, Southern Right and Fin Whales.