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Saunders Island

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This 30,000 acre island, situated about three miles off the north west coast of West Falkland, is still an active sheep farm and is important historically for being the site of the first British settlement in 1765.

It is one of the Falklands supreme wildlife sites, with Gentoo, Rockhopper, Magellanic and rare sighting of Macaroni and Chinstrap penguins. Since 1980 a small breeding colony of King penguins has become established. Four species of raptors, King and Rock cormorants, Black-necked swans and many other shorebirds are easily accessible from the settlement or at the many and varied wildlife ‘hotspots’ around the island.

However the attraction to the wildlife enthusiast is undoubtedly the Black-browed albatross colony which stretches along the north coast from The Neck, so named because it is a narrow sandy isthmus between two high parts of the island.

The northern beach is covered in stunning white sand pounded by majestic surf and is home to all of the penguin and bird species listed above.
The wildlife colonies continue along the north coast to Rookery Mountain. The “shower” formed by fresh water running down over the cliff and used by the Rockhopper penguins to preen their feathers makes for great photographs.

On rare occasions Fin and Sei Whales have been seen off the island. In all cases amazing photo opportunities abound, and Saunders Island is the perfect place to escape from the pressures of urban life.

Accommodation ::
Unlike other destinations in the Falklands, on Saunders Island there are various options for accommodation. Ask for soptions.


One special note:
 It is tradition in the islands to discard your footgear in the sun-room foyer before entering the main house. This has been the practical way over the years to keep the outdoors out and in the indoors cleaner.

And after a hard day of exploring the spectacular wildlife of the area, your shoes can be pretty grubby. Plan to bring along a pair of warm socks or slippers to wear inside the house.


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