Monday 10 April 2023

Falklands, Volunteer Point King Penguin colony

 I had been looking forward to visiting the King Penguin colony at Volunteer Point from the moment we arrived on The Falklands. Today was supposed to be the last day of our trip, and what a way to end it. It turned out we stayed and extra day and night. 

We had an early start to get to Volunteer Point. All credit to Falkland Wildlife Holidays who looked after us whilst there. They were aware that a cruise ship was due in and that meant the hoards would descend on Volunteer Point, but if we could get there early we would hopefully have some time on our own with the King Penguins. 

From Stanley it's a 2.5 hour drive to Volunteer Point, with 1.5 hours of that off road across very bumpy terrain. 

We were the first vehicle to arrive on site. We had to colony to ourselves. I am so glad we did it this way, as when the cruise passengers turned up 1.5 hours later, it would have been  a very different experience.  


We headed away from the colony to the nearby pristine white sand beach. There were still no other day trippers so again we had the whole place to ourselves. 

Watching me, watching you 

In the distance we could see a large convoy of vehicles heading out way, so we headed back to have one last look at the colony 

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