Bluff Cove Penguin Rookery

  • Port

    Stanley/Falkland Is/Islas Malvinas

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD USD USD

    Price over $151
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 3 hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

King and gentoo penguins and other bird species of the Falklands are the stars of this award-winning scenic, off-road excursion to Bluff Cove Lagoon -- a privately owned wildlife haven.

Meet the Bluff Cove team on the pier and head out by minibus for a 20-minute journey through Stanley and across the rolling hills to Bluff Cove Farm. Transfer to a Land Rover 4x4 and relax as your skillful driver navigates the rugged off-road terrain for another 20 minutes. Upon your arrival at the Bluff Cove Lagoon penguin rookery, knowledgeable and friendly rangers will brief you about what to expect and what to look for.

Stroll through the penguin colony, which features a scenic backdrop of a large lagoon and a white, sandy beach that is occasionally patrolled by sea lions from the nearby island. This pristine reserve is home to more than 1,000 breeding pairs of gentoo penguins, which protect the growing colony of king penguins and their chicks. Magellanic penguins, which burrow on the nearby island, can also be found on the beach. Bird species that frequent or nest in the area include skuas, upland geese, ruddy-headed geese, Magellanic oyster-catchers, South American terns, dolphin gulls, flightless Falkland steamer ducks, snowy sheathbills and southern giant petrels.

Warm up with a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate served at the legendary Sea Cabbage Café on the beach and enjoy delicious home-baked treats including scones with diddle-dee jam and fresh cream (gluten-free options available). Bask in the warmth and aroma of the peat stove and listen to live music as you enjoy the splendid vistas of the waves crashing on the shore, with penguins porpoising in. The Bluff Cove Museum & Shop, also by the beach, depicts life in the Falklands and tells the story of Bluff Cove. Learn about the farm, the nearby 1863 'sugar wreck', the 1982 war with Argentina and the fabulous lagoon wildlife. The shop sells unique Bluff Cove souvenirs, including the new Bluff Cove tweed made with the farm wool.

Watch a live spinning and felting demonstration using wool from the farm. You will have one hour of free time to take photographs, stroll along the beach, browse in the museum and enjoy treats in the café. After an unforgettable visit, return to the minibus by Land Rover 4x4 and head back to Stanley.

You may opt to visit the new Stanley Museum at the Historic Dockyard at a discounted rate.

Notes:

There are restrooms at the lagoon at both the café and museum. The 300-yard walk to the beach is mostly flat terrain and there are courtesy vehicles ready to drive guests with mobility limitations. Assistance is available for guests using a wheelchair. Wear comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing with a windbreaker, and sunscreen.