Meeting your driver at the pier, you'll commence this award-winning (Seatrade's "Innovative Shorex of the Year 2009") excursion by boarding a comfortable minibus for the scenic 20-minute drive to Bluff Cove farm. En-route, your driver will provide you with an informative tour of Stanley along with the battlefields from the 1982 Falkland Conflict between Argentina and United Kingdom. Arriving at the farm, you'll then transfer to a 4x4 Land Rover for an exhilarating 30-minute off-road adventure to the Bluff Cove Lagoon penguin colonies. As your convoy of vehicles navigate this rugged sheep farming country that includes stone-runs (rivers of rock), there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss the stunning vistas you'll be seeing and local Falkland's life with your driver.
Awaiting you at Bluff Cove Lagoon are 1,000 breeding pairs of Gentoo penguins and a growing colony of King penguins and their chicks. Down on the beach, you'll also find Magellanic penguins that visit the cove from a nearby island. During your time here, you'll be looked after by friendly, knowledgeable rangers who will happily answer any questions you may have about the area. Along with the fabulous penguins, the cove is also home to over 100 pairs of Ruddy headed geese, Upland geese, Snowy sheathbills and Skuas.
Feel free to walk along the beautiful, white sandy beach, beach-combing and watching the penguins dart ashore, all the while appreciating Bluff Cove's pristine natural setting. You might even have a chance to see dolphins playing in the surf and sea-lions ambling along the beach. Further from the shoreline, you may spot nesting Pied oystercatchers and two-banded plovers, along with White-rumped sandpipers and Black-throated finches. You'll be sure to want to bring your camera along to capture the amazing variety of wildlife found here, the picturesque beach setting and of course, the inquisitive and photogenic penguins as they preen and pose for your enjoyment.
The delightful Sea Cabbage Café is located right by the beach and serves up tea, coffee, hot chocolate and delicious home-baked treats, all within the Café's cozy comfort, made more so by the warmth of a traditional peat stove. Relax and treat yourself to delicious fare while viewing the parade of wildlife on the beach. The freshly baked scones, spread with home-made butter, local Diddle Dee jam and a dollop of fresh farm cream are a must!
A newly added feature of the exursion is the Bluff Cove Museum that is situated right by the beach. This interesting museum depicts life in the Falklands and tells the story of Bluff Cove. Here, you can find out all about the farm, the local Sugar Wreck, the 1982 war with Argentina and the fabulous Lagoon wildlife. You will also have the chance to watch live demonstrations of spinning and felting done with local wool. The Museum also houses a small gift shop where you can purchase some truly unique Bluff Cove souvenirs.
After an unforgettable hour spent discovering the delights of Bluff Cove, you'll meet up with your driver and begin the return trek back to town. Drink in the spectacular views of the mountains, Stanley and your ship at anchor as you make your way back to the pier.
Please note: This tour consists of approximately 1 hour of travel in a 4X4 vehicle, at times over rugged terrain. Therefore, it is not available to those guests with heart, back or hip problems, or pregnant women. Furthermore, it may not be suitable for those who suffer from motion sickness. The 300-yard walk down to the beach is over mostly flat ground and there are courtesy vehicles ready to drive any guests with mobility problems. Assistance is available for wheelchair guests to enter and exit the vehicles. Comfortable, flat walking shoes, waterproof warm clothing and a warm hat is recommended. Modern restroom facilities are available at the beach.