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Wildlife lovers will find five different species of penguins, whales and sea birds. Head to Volunteer Point for the islands' largest group of king penguins, and there are a predictably vast amount of sea lions to be found on Sea Lion Island. Most of the Falkland Islands' population live in the capital Stanley, over whose harbour much avian life can be seen circling above the waves.

19th century shipwrecks and a plethora of marine life are among the attractions awaiting visitors to the Falkland Islands. The islands may well be known as the battle ground of the eponymous 1982 war between Britain and Argentina, but this archipelago in the Atlantic is an intriguing and relaxing holiday destination.

Reminders of the 1982 conflict do remain, with battlefields, such as Goose Green and Pebble Island, now tourist attractions.


The capital has pubs, snack bars and restaurants, as well as a golf and race course. Houses on the seafront overlook Stanley Harbour where many different sea birds can be seen. Government House, Stanley Museum and the Cathedral are also worth visiting.

Coastal Areas

These offer a chance (in good weather) to explore ships and wrecks abandoned over the years in the often fierce weather conditions that characterise the local waters. South Atlantic Marine Services Ltd in Stanley can also arrange wreck and kelp reef diving expeditions.

19th century sailing ships and iron vessels can be seen at Stanley and Darwin. Stanley used to be a safe anchorage for whalers and merchant vessels traveling around the Horn, though not all of them made it. The marine birdlife is varied, including five species of penguins. The views in winter are spectacular due to the ‘grey beards’, winter waves that can reach a height of 4.5 m (15 ft).

Inland Areas

These offer opportunities to observe the varied wildlife. Activities such as horse riding and walking can also be enjoyed, often in complete solitude. Fishing is a popular and rewarding experience, with the Falkland waters being particularly good for sea trout and the Falkland mullet in the shallow estuaries.

Battle Sites

Many visitors come to the Islands to see places made famous by the events of the Falkland Islands conflict. As well as the battlefields at Goose Green, San Carlos, Fitzroy, Pebble Island, Mount Tumbledown, Wireless Ridge, Sapper Hill and Stanley itself, there are also military cemeteries, memorials and museums.


Pebble Island is well known for its penguin colonies, sheep farms, South American horse tack and Southern sea lions. Port Howard is famous for its Falkland Islands knitwear and sheep farming. San Carlos will be of interest to military historians and horse riders. One of the most ecologically balanced islands is Sea Lion Island which has a resident population of two and amazing wildlife, including elephant seals, sea lions and King penguins, as well as Killer whales offshore.





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