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Jun 6th, 2012, 07:01 AM
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Thank you, Kavey.

I am hesitant to visit Volunteer Point as the drive is more than two hours each way, that's along way to travel just for a day trip.

I don't have much time in the Falklands, so I need to carefully pick and choose which islands I'd like to see.
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Jun 6th, 2012, 08:14 AM
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Reading this in more detail - what's the attraction of Darwin, in terms of wildlife? As far as I know, the only wildlife you are likely to see there are some cormorants. You can probably see about 50,000 at Sea Lion Island.

Option 2 doesn't hold a candle to Option 1, which gives you access to unique world-class sites (and sights).
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Jun 6th, 2012, 10:25 AM
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It was more than 2 hours drive for us and conditions were not as bad as they can get... I'd bank on at least 3 each way, potentially.

It is the largest king colony on the FI but it's not the best colony for photography, not least because of the boundary stones and signs placed to encourage people to stay clear.

And as I said, if you do have the bad luck to coincide with a ship visit, you'll be overwhelmed.

If you are visiting Carcass Island, you can get to West Point from there by boat (under an hour) for a visit to the incredible Black Browed Albatross and Rockhopper colonies, tangled up together, you reach it via car from the port/ settlement and then a walk down into the tussock grass.

Carcass is also good for penguins and very good for caracara.

My other favourite was Saunders Island, though you'd want a couple of nights there if you want to stay/ visit The Neck as that's a fairly long drive from the airstrip/ settlement, maybe a couple of hours, possibly more.
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Jun 6th, 2012, 12:30 PM
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Thank you. I really appreciate the advice and suggestions. I was leaning towards itinerary #1 before I posted the two itinearies on this forum because it sounded like it provided more diversity in the sights - wildlife, rural settlements, etc. Now I realize that would have been a mistake, Darwin sounds very similar to some remote places I've visited and nothing unique compared to other sights in the Falklands.

I had considered Saunders Island, but I am not interested in the limited accomodation choice there, I have read about the Neck and think that I'd go stir crazy if I was to stay here. Shared accomodation, self catering, shared washroom????? Kudos to Kavey and sundowner for staying here! I'm very much a city person and I doubt I'd survive one night, let alone two at the Neck.

I'm seriously thinking of Itinerary #2 with an excursion to West Point Island, the excursion is very expensive, so I hope there are other travellers at Carcass Island who are interested so that we may split the costs of transport to West Point Island.

I will reread the information I have on the Falklands before I book anything. It is unlikely I'd get a chance to go back so I'd like to see what's unique to the Falklands in the short time I have to spend there.
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Jun 6th, 2012, 07:04 PM
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I would choose Itinerary 1. Is there time to do Volunteer Point on Day 7 when you fly back to Stanley? I can't remember what time you arrive back in Stanley but if you could do it that day (even if you only have an hour or two there) you could have an extra night at Carcass or Sea Lion Island and they both have so much more to see than VP.
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Jun 7th, 2012, 10:14 AM
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sundowner, that is a good suggestion. I think I am better off leaving the itinerary the way it is as there is no guarantee what time the FIGAS flight will arrive in Stanley on day 7. If the flight arrives late in the day I won't have a chance to visit Volunteer Point as I leave the next day.
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Jun 7th, 2012, 01:01 PM
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You are correct about not knowing the time of the flight. The FIGAS flights take a bit of getting used to. The "schedules" and exact routes are set the day before, depending on several factors.

I see, like me, you aren't keen on self-catering... In which case you might enjoy a stopover on Bleaker Island (not quite halfway between Sea Lion and Stanley). Lovely accommodation, and they will prepare meals and BBQ for you if asked. Small enough to walk round the main sites in a day.
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Jun 7th, 2012, 05:40 PM
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mcwomble, are you suggesting I visit Bleaker Island on day 7? I need to be Stanley on day 8 as I fly out that day. I was planning on staying overnight in Stanley on day 7.

How are the sights on Bleaker Island different from Carcass Island and Sea Lion Island?
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Jun 9th, 2012, 10:58 AM
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Different accommodation: luxurious, but probably costs less than the others (I've not stayed overnight on Carcass). Outdoor BBQ.

Similar species of penguins as Sea Lion; loads of cormorants; varied landscape as with the other islands. But more wildlife than Stanley. Depends what you are looking for.
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Jun 10th, 2012, 01:40 PM
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Thanks, mcwomble.

I think I'll book the first itinerary and make the most of my short visit to the Falklands.

I would like to thank Kavey, sundowner and mcwomble for helping me with the logistics of my upcoming trip to the Falklands. Thank you!
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Jun 11th, 2012, 12:28 AM
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RJames, you are welcome, hope you have a wonderful trip. Whatever you choose I'm sure you'll enjoy and you'll be desperate to get back for a longer trip, I bet!
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Oct 28th, 2014, 01:44 PM
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Hello,

Is it possible to rent a car and drive yourself to Volunteer Point to see the penguins? We'll stop there for 1 day on a cruise, and would rather go around the island by ourselves than joining a tour.

Thank you!
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Oct 31st, 2014, 12:15 AM
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Some of the driving is cross country, so I am not sure I'd recommend it. The terrain can be tricky too, depending on weather. You could book a private driver transfer though, which is what we had.
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Oct 31st, 2014, 03:18 PM
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Thanks, Kavey. Would you have the contact of the private driver you used in Stanley? There are 2 car rental companies that I saw ont he web, and one of them is sold out and the other said they're reluctant to rent to cruise ship passengers.

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Nov 1st, 2014, 12:24 AM
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I'm really sorry, I don't. We didn't book it directly, as we did a 5 week trip there, which we booked through Audley. I chose them as they were had a consultant who really did know everything you could possibly need to know about the Falkland Islands, and was very willing to discuss every aspect and create a completely tailored itinerary for us. He booked the car transfer for us.
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