Bleaker Island

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Kelpercarol01
Stanley, Falkland Islands348 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
Amazing visit! Cassard house was being used as self catering during the season. What a superb house, every room in en-suite and the conservatory is just awesome. The old cow shed is being used as an indoor BBQ, just perfect for uncertain Falkland Weather. We hired the farm Landrover to get about and see the huge abundance of wild life. Although it is really pleasant to walk when the weather is nice.
Written 10 January 2021
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LookingForFamilyFun
Houston, TX1,524 contributions
Dec 2019
Falkland Islands Holidays booked Bleaker as our second wildlife stay for our week long trip (the first was Pebble, which was guided and long days in a 4x4 with much distance between wildlife sites, but very enjoyable). We spent 2 nights here, so we had a full day, a half day on arrival, and a little time the morning we left. When we arrived on the grass landing strip, we were met by the owners who took us to the lodging..along the way showing us the location of their freshwater ponds with abundant birds, the white sand beach with several gentoo and magellanic colonies nearby, complete with 'penguin highway' where they are coming & going constantly, the shag colony, which can't be missed, you almost drive through it on the way in to the lodge as they've moved so close to the 'road'!

The lodge is lovely, we stayed in the cottage (we're 4) and it was nice to have our own space, the heating worked well, though we did have some problems with water temperature changes during showers, but all in all it was absolutely lovely and a very nice sleep...nice linens, nice toiletries (although the best toiletries we had were at Malvina Hotel...and full size refillable would probably work better at this location to reduce waste they have to deal with) Our cottage had a lovely solarium that was wonderful during the day and for watching the sunset, and the den and breakfast table were warmer once it got dark. We walked across the lawn for dinner, which was also very good with large portions and it was nice to have a soup as a starter! Packed lunches were provided each day and breakfast was cooked to order & continental...all very tasty and filling.

After we arrived and got settled, the owners' son, Nick, picked us up and took us to the sea lion/elephant seal colony nearby. He is an ecologist and recently tried a rat eradication program on the island which is already showing good results with the return of some smaller ground nesting birds. They are also replanting their grasses to increase the habitat. Nick was super friendly and helpful, knowledgable and interesting to talk to, and he even hosted everyone at his home Christmas Eve for mulled wine and mince pies! (sadly we were confused about the location, so we missed out and our daughter missed the mince pies much to her chagrin! lol!)

We rented a vehicle from the owners here, which we highly recommend if you have a short stay here and are here mainly for penguins like us, it let you maximize your time at the locations rather than spend it walking. All of the walking is easy, but it's windy, and the vehicle also provides shelter if anyone gets cold...or wants to take a nap like one of ours! We would spend the day at the penguin locations..the rockhopper colony is a short, easy walk, maybe 10-15 minutes from the lodge, there are also some magellanics nearby, and of course you'll walk right next to the shag colony. The sea lions and elephant seals were probably a 20 minute walk in another direction. The beach, used by magellanics & gentoo, was perfect for watching fancy gentoo beach landings and to see the penguins porpoising in the waves through the clear waters (also where we saw the lonely king), is the furthest walk, maybe 20-30 minutes. Definitely all doable if you're wearing the right clothing for wind/wet and have the time.

We really enjoyed our stay here and would definitely return and recommend to others!
Written 27 January 2020
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Foamnest
Greater Perth, Australia28 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
Privately-owned Bleaker Island in the far south-east of East Falkland has lovely scenery and excellent wildlife. The island is owned by the Rendell family who provide comfortable, full-board accommodation in Cassard House and Cobb’s Cottage. The island has a long coastline with several rat- and mouse-free islets offshore, and is internationally recognised as an Important Bird Area. Access to Bleaker Island is by air on the Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS) in small, eight-seater Britten Norman Islander planes. Guests are collected from the grassed airstrip in four-wheel drives, and are given a familiarisation tour on the way back to the settlement. There is lots to see and do on Bleaker – wildlife viewing that includes breeding Imperial Shags, three species of penguins, beautiful wild Upland and Ruddy-headed Geese and Southern (South American) Sea Lions in BBQ Cove. We had the extraordinary experience of seeing a male Sea Lion pick up and throw a young pup into the sea – fortunately it survived and the offending male was driven out of the area by the dominant male. We highly recommend Bleaker Island to anyone who loves wild places, wildlife, hiking and fresh air.
Written 25 February 2019
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waejae_jae
Houston, TX209 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
One of the few places where you can see Gentoo Penguins "jumping" out of the surf to get to shore (I could watch that all day) and one of the largest Cormorant bird colonies. Bleaker Island has it all - including rockhopper penguins (with at least one Macaroni penguin); sea lions and tons of birds.

The accommodation is outstanding. There is a main lodge called "Cassard House" with several rooms. This is also where meals are served. There is one other smaller cottage and guests that stay there walk to Cassard House for meals. The food is excellent and they modified meals for guests with dietary restrictions. The lodge is clean, modern, and well built. Small things, like a heated floor in the sunroom, and new double glazed windows are appreciated. I'd say it was the most comfortable stay we had in the Falklands (other than in Stanley).

The wildlife colonies are fantastic. I've not seen a large Imperial Cormorant colony before and it is a 10-minute walk from either house. The Gentoo's, rockhoppers, and southern sea lions are much further - we were able to use one of the 4WD vehicles to get around.

It was sheep round up time (for shearing), and so I enjoyed watching the activities of the farm as well.

I will definitely stay here again the next time I visit the Falklands.
Written 23 February 2019
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Lennard07
Amsterdam, The Netherlands30 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
Flying to Bleaker Island in a small Figas plane was an adventure. The Falkland Islands are remote, Bleaker is even more remote. The Rendell family welcomed us at the airstrip, gave us a tour round the island and showed the places where to go. We really enjoyed our stay in Bleaker. The wildlife, quietness, fresh air and remoteness were amazing. The cabin is nice and comfortable. The dinner is served in the bigger lodge. A suggestion for the owners: increase interaction between the different guests by using one table for the meals.
Written 8 February 2019
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Twickers68
Kent265 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
FIGAS flight took us over the islands to Bleaker, lucky with fabulous weather. Nick and Mike met us when we arrived and Nick took the scenic route back to our accommodation Cobbs Cottage. The standard of accommodation, hospitality and food was far beyond my expectations. So relaxing. Wonderful wildlife experience and working farm. So pleased to see the sheep being sheared. Spent a wonderful 3 days. I will be back some day.
Written 25 January 2019
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Teruce
Hong Kong, China275 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
This is a good island to visit and that was why I went there for a second time. The lodges there are less expensive than those on Sealion Island but the bad thing is that you have to walk a long way to or from Sandy Beach which is very windy and unsheltered since the lodge only offers a free courtesy drop when their busy work schedule and limited manpower permit. A one-way walk takes about 90 minutes for most people provided that you listen carefully to the local people's instructions on directions and you are not very road-blind. Your cell phones will not be of much help if you get lost. If you want to see more penguins in terms of numbers and species, try to go there before January. Certainly, many tourists do enjoy long walks both ways and if you are one them and you stay on the island for more than one night you may go to all the tourists spots once or some of the more convenient spots for penguins and sunrise and sunset at least twice during your stay. Striated caracaras as an endangered species are common to see within short distances around the lodges. The adult striated caracaras are usually not dangerous to visitors. Do not get close to their nests, chicks and eggs and do walk away from them calmly in some opposite direction in case any of the adult birds keep staring at you. If you do not, you may suddenly find their chicks, nest or eggs are within your sight and it may then be too late for you to protect your head from an adult bird's attack out of a feeling that its family is at risk.
Written 19 January 2019
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PhilnLiz
2 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
After an enjoyable low level flight out to Bleaker due to a low cloud, and a smooth landing we were given a great welcome by Nick. After settling us in he drove us up to introduce us to the Sealions and passed on tips to getting to the Magellanic, Gentoo, and Rockhopper penguins and Cormorants and ran through the history of the island.

Cobbs Cottage was a clean, smart, warm and comfortable base over the weekend for our 2 or 3 daily walks to observe and photograph the wildlife, and their proximity is one of the attractions of Bleaker.

To top it off we enjoyed excellent meals in Cassard House and cannot recommend the overall package more highly.
Written 16 December 2018
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Andrewok123
Sydney, Australia56 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
How happy were my wife and I that we chose to visit Bleaker Island on our two-week holiday on the Falklands. A brilliant experience on every level: a very professional and warm welcome by Nick, super food by Cecilia and attentive service from Seba. Excellent accommodation. And of course the wildlife was the reason we visited and that is incredible. The absolutely highlight was the surfing gentoos. We learned from other islands that Bleaker is renowned for its surfing penguins. These penguins would have to be the world champions, blasting out of the waves. Plus easy access to cormorants and rockhoppers and a growing colony of sea lions. And with Nick's background in nature conservation, things will continue to grow from already a great strength. We want to return!
Written 20 November 2018
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DaveyRG
Newhey55 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
I visited Bleaker Island earlier this month, whilst visiting my partner who is currently working in the Falklands.

The cottage accommodation is brilliant, very clean and comfortable and although we bought food with us, the island store room is available to buy most things which you will need.

The wildlife which we saw was incredible. Seals in the tussock grass, sea lions, dolphins and hundreds of Gento penguins which inhabit the island all year round.

Nick, the owner, could not have been more welcoming . He is an encyclopaedia of all things Bleaker and on arrival via the FIGAS flight, gave us a quick tour of the central part of the island and tips on where to see the best wildlife. Well done to him and his team who manage bleaker brilliantly.

A must see island all year!
Written 26 August 2018
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