Volunteer Point
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  • Aloofbob
    George Town, Grand Cayman100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    King Penguin Country
    From November through March when the cruise ships are passing through, this is probably still great. There are people who'll get too close to the penguins, and you'll be among 100-200 people, but it's still a colony of King Penguins and a fantastic beach, so what's not to like? In October though it's FANTASTIC. On the entire beach and area of the penguins, it was just me and ONE other person the whole two hours I was there. A word of warning: it's a 2.5 hour drive from Stanley, of which the last 90 minutes is very slowly across very bump, wet, hilly ground.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 October 2023
  • henry t
    80 contributions
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    Falkland Island Volunteer Point king penguins tour
    Absolutely amazing close up view of approximately 3000 beautiful king penguins at Volunteer Point of Falkland Island during our recent cruise stop. We went with Jimmy Curtis who has been taking tours there for the past twelve years. He can lead up to 32 guests daily to this private property in his fleet of Toyota Landcruisers. It has a longer wheelbase and comfy seats, smoother and less bumpy than some of the vehicles used by other tour guides. I booked directly with him at less than half the cost of the cruise line. A great gentleman and a fantastic off road driver. The trip took six hours and he met us at the tender boat pier. He can be reached at WhatsApp 50051671 or Jim.tan@horizon.co.fk. Volunteer Point visit was one of the highlights of our 16 days Antarctic cruise. Since they only allow about 150 visitors daily, you must book your tour as early as possible . Don’t miss it !
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 January 2024
  • Leisa
    Louisville, Kentucky33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Volunteer Point in Falkland Islands with Patrick Watts Tours
    Patrick Watts Tours owned now by Shaun Jaffray is the tour to take if you make it to the Falkland Islands! His mom drove us!! The last one miles of terrain in the 4x4 was rough, but totally worth it! We saw king, gentoo, and Magellan penguins. LOTS OF THEM! We were walking all through them. It is the nesting place for the king penguins and we saw many eggs on their feet and many babies. It was our number 1 on our recent cruise ship vacation! Highly recommend.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 February 2024
  • Martina R
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Penguins everywhere
    We visited Volunteer Point with a cruise excursion. It’s an experience you will not forget. Watching the penguins leaving the beach for their hunt as well as coming back to shore is breathtaking. Be prepared for a rough ride to Volunteer Point.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 June 2024
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Lisa W
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
I actually visited Volunteer Point whilst on exercise with the Army in The Falklands in October 2014. We paid £15 to a farmer to land in his field (flew there in a Sea King) and the day was ours. We were told to stay away from any nesting penguins, which we did, however, the babies, in their thick brown furry coats were very inquisitive. They would come up to you to have a nose. It was very smelly (fish) but they were the cutest things.
We then wandered over to the beach, where myself and my mate were very fortunate to get right up close to a penguin and touch it. He was lazily lying on his belly on the beach (the penguin, not my mate) and we managed to stroke him.
For me, it was an amazing experience, I'd only ever seen penguins in a zoo and never in the wild. It gave me memories I will cherish forever.
Written 12 November 2022
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Rick N
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
With the benefit of TA reviews I booked this tour far in advance of our cruise. Patrick is a pro. He communicates promptly by email answering any and all questions clearly and substantively. Whether the cruise ship docks at Stanley is only a 50/50 proposition, so Patrick doesn’t even take a deposit in advance. Fortunately, we were one of the lucky ones. Our ship docked and we’d arranged with other passengers on the tour to get the first tender to shore. Everything was well-organized and efficient. Nine 4x4 vehicles, each taking 4 passengers took the 2 ½ hour ride, half of which was on “off-road” routes. The ride to Volunteer Point was fun and enjoyable; our guide, Sean, a lifelong Falklander, was great. Sean spent the ride outlining the history of the islands, including the 1982 War, along with offering interesting commentaries about life of Falklanders living on the island. The highlight, of course, was Volunteer Point. Hundreds of King Penguins in one colony, two other colonies of Gentoo Penguins and Magellanic Penguins in burrowed homes on the beach. Photos galore, including video’s of chicks eating from the mothers and watching penguins waddle and scamper to/from the ocean for swimming/feeding. Truly an amazing experience at excellent value with a terrific tour company. As one of the highlights of our South America adventure, I highly recommend this tour!
Written 1 March 2023
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DuncanTCH
East Greenbush, NY1,499 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
The journey out to Volunteer Point is conducted in individual 4x4's that drive in a caravan of 6-7 trucks. The journey out is terrific, with beautiful scenery and plenty of good ol' fashion 4-wheeling. If you gut stuck in the mud (we didn't)...no problem as one of the other range rovers will help you out. The trucks are super comfortable and clearly have been put to the test...so they can be trusted and you'll be super safe.

After about 1.5 hrs from Stanley, one is rewarded with excellent animal viewing and beautiful vistas. Our weather was pouring rain, but even that couldn't damper our excitement and the spirit of adventure. This is King Penguin central with thousands of birds. We saw penguins molting, feeding their young, sitting on a few remaining eggs and traveling back and forth to the sea for something to eat. Also saw rock hoppers and Gentoo penguins here...so if you're looking for penguins, this is definitely the place to come. Definitely not to be missed!
Written 18 March 2023
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jamesv
West Palm Beach, FL29 contributions
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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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Carol D
Perth, Australia361 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Volunteer Point has been on the wish list for many years and was always a definite place to visit on a recent trip to the Falkland Islands. A day tour was never going to be enough so we booked a 4 night stay at Volunteer House. It is an adventurous drive to get there but that makes it all the more special. It also means less people. We were lucky there wasn't a cruise ship in Stanley during our stay as that can mean a lot more people doing the day trip. But even so they are only there for a few hours in the middle of the day and the rest of the time it is just the 6 guests staying at Volunteer House.

We didn't get to meet Trudi but Derek looked after us so well. We had a cosy little attic room and shared the bathroom with the rest of the guests. Water pressure is very low but with water at a premium in this remote location it is to be expected. All meals are included and you do eat very very well. A good selection of hot and cold for breakfast, a packed lunch and a delicious dinner kept us very well fed.

The wildlife is next level. There is a huge King Penguin colony a kilometre from the house. Plus Gentoo penguins and lots of birdlife. A gorgeous white sand beach and miles of relatively easy walking complete the picture.

Don't go for a day. If you can manage to get a booking at the house then stay longer. you will not regret it.
Written 15 February 2023
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RCMann
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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susiebEdmonton
Edmonton, Canada19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We took a tour with Patrick Watts. Our driver, Toni, is a lifelong resident of the Falklands and provided us with a wealth of information. The 14 mile off road drive was bumpy, but we fully expected that. Toni's driving skills were amazing. To see 3000 King penguins was the highlight of all our wildlife tours. They don't migrate to Antarctic waters during the summer, so there were plenty of adults and chicks to see. The landscape is barren, but has a certain beauty to it, and the white sand beach was spectacular. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Falklands.
Written 25 February 2020
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Edge W
Columbia, MO1,007 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Kerri M
Sturgis, MI2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Thank you Jimmy Curtis! Look for the yellow jackets as you reach the pier. We had the best tour guide and transportation to Volunteer Point! The first to arrive - took pictures without people! It was amazing - we never got stuck in our 4x4 saw and heard about the Falklands as we were traveling. Jimmy
Even made sure we were back in plenty of time to walk around Port Stanley👍
Best excursion ever! 😎. Kerri and John
Michigan
Written 18 February 2020
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Shirley R
Lemoore, CA342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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