Volunteer Point

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Cath
Scottish Borders, UK3 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
Just an incredible experience! I went in December when the King Penguins were sitting on their eggs but the Gentoos have hatched. There are penguins everywhere, and not at all bothered by our presence. There were lots of other birds around too - plovers, dotterels etc. A fantastic place to visit if you are in the Falklands.
Written 4 February 2022
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Rambling_Scot
Lossiemouth, UK473 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
Undoubtedly one of the best places I have ever visited. I genuinely felt like I was in the heart of an Attenborough documentary!

I had the honour of visiting this location twice. Once via an off-road all day trip with Discovery Falklands - what an experience (may I add that I highly recommend Tony’s company - fantastic value for money and a top guy)! Secondly, with the RAF via helicopter - another first for me.

So Volunteer Point - truly brimming with wildlife, all living in their natural habitat. The place is made more special by the fact it is inaccessible and untouched. I was blown away by the sheer magnitude of Penguin life - they were everywhere. After spending a good part of four hours with them in total, i’d be lying if I said I hadn’t fallen in love with them as a species.

Personal tips - wrap up warm (there is a chill out hut but when you’re down on the beach the wind cuts right through you). Bring plenty of food and drink. Make sure your phone is charged - you won’t want to miss out on any photo opportunities. Be courteous - this shouldn’t need much explaining. Lastly, if off-roading with an experienced tour guide, prepare yourself for a bumpy (but enjoyable) ride!

If I could give more than five for my rating I would. Absolutely the number one thing to do if you find yourself in the Falkland Islands. Unforgettable experience!
Written 14 September 2021
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Kirk
9 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
We could not believe there are cigarette butts raining down in this best place for these magnificent penguins. Humans, have respect for majestic penguins and leave cigarettes at the hotel ! ! !
Written 23 May 2021
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YukonChap
Stanley, Falkland Islands8 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
We spent two nights at Volunteer Point (a wonderful homestay experience) with amazing wildlife viewing opportunities in a truly unique location.

Bookended by a 4WD offroading trip from Johnson's Harbour to the Point, the two days provided a memorable experience that will stay with us for ever. Highly recommended.
Written 7 December 2020
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jamesv
Wellington, FL15 contributions
Feb 2020
We visited on our way to Antarctica. Our ship docked early morning and the four of us were met by our driver with his jeep.The ride is about 2 hours each way over very rough terrain. Once you arrive, it is magical. Thousands of King Penguins huddled together and also some in small groups. Worked hard at not hyperventilating from the incredible sight.Bring a camera to capture the nature and these creatures. We were given a box lunch prior to our return to the ship.
Written 14 November 2020
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Moe
Longwood, FL10 contributions
Dec 2019
Fabulous, amazing experience! We are so happy we took this tour. It was more than anything we anticipated.
Written 6 October 2020
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Shirley R
Lemoore, CA333 contributions
Jan 2020
the trip over lasted 2 hours from Stanley to Volunteer Point. The first 45 minutes is on a paved road and the next hour and 15 minutes is over dirt and rocks...It's a very rough ride. I amazingly chalked up 18,000 steps on my fit bit due to the knocking around in the jeep. it's a rough ride...really rough...but oh, so worth it to see all of the penguins!
Written 20 May 2020
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rlk33853
Manitoba, Canada121 contributions
Feb 2020
We used Peter Watts to visit Volunteer Point. Peter organizes tours using local drivers who travel in groups to get to Volunteer Point. He meets you at the dock where you are assigned four to a vehicle. We emailed back and forth to reserve our spots (pwattsathorizondotcodotfk). You pay him in cash when you arrive.

Everything went just as planned upon arrival. We were assigned to a very nice 4x4 vehicle with a competent and friendly driver. Travel time is about 2 hours each way.

Once you reach Volunteer Point you will be amazed. Over 4000 King Penguins, plus Gentoo and Magellanics - and you will be extremely close - some come right up to you. The beach is beautiful and we not only saw penguins in their habitats but also penguins coming and going to the ocean to feed.

Guides are dispersed everywhere for a couple of reasons - to make sure no one disturbs the penguins and to provide answers to all of your questions. Since it was late February we saw adults, young chicks, a chick pecking out of its shell, and an adult feeding a chick.

Once you are done and return to your vehicle you get your box lunch (sandwich, bag of chips, chocolate bar complete with hot coffee or tea or water) which includes a flash drive with professional photos of the wildlife at Volunteer Point (interestingly enough the flashdrive is fashioned to look like a penguin).

Overall this was the absolute best tour we had on our trip. Not only was it all that we expected, but the cost for two of us booking through Peter was just under the cost for one if we had booked with the ship.
Written 27 March 2020
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Edge W
Columbia, MO1,082 contributions
Jan 2020
Our group rode to Volunteer Point in Estancia Tours 4x4s. Elsa was our driver. She's a 7th generation Falklander. We learned much about the history, economics and way of life in the Falklands as we bounced and jostled across a landscape that reminded us of the Scotitish moors.

At the site we all cleaned our footwear in disinfectant and walked to the penguin colonies--King, Gentoo and Magellanic. We were able to get very close and watch and listen to them for as long as we liked.. We also walked to the beach and saw penguins coming ashore.

We observed several other species of birds during this excursion, among them: Long-tailed Meadowlark, South American Snipe, and geese.
Written 6 March 2020
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RCMann
10 contributions
Feb 2020
We weren’t sure if our cruise ship would be able to stop at Port Stanley, but we were very glad it did. We had pre-arranged a tour to Volunteer Point with Patrick Watt. Once we arrived at the dock, we were quickly assigned to Toni’s vehicle and we were off. It was a long and rough ride but the penguins were worth it! Amazing, definitely the highlight of our cruise. Toni is a 6th generation Falklander and fantastic driver. She had lots of information and insights into life on the islands, the war and penguins. Highly recommend Patrick’s tours.
Written 5 March 2020
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