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“A 'must do' excursion”
Review of Bluff Cove Lagoon

Bluff Cove Lagoon
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Owner description: The Lagoon on our ranch, Bluff Cove, is home to 3,000 Gentoo Penguins, a growing colony of King Penguins, and an abundance of other spectacular wildlife on a beautiful wilderness beach only reached by our 4x4 vehicles. Home-baking and delicious local flavours are served with live music in the Sea Cabbage Café. The Museum tells the story of Bluff Cove. Our award winning tour is a fabulous combination of Falkland wildlife, heritage and hospitality.
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“A 'must do' excursion”
Reviewed March 24, 2012

After seeing quite literally tens of thousands of penguins on our trip through Antarctica and South Georgia, Bluff Cove Lagoon still had more than enough to offer.

The penguins are in a very different setting: next to a white beach on gently rolling soft ground with only the waves on the shore to disturb the peace. Gentoos abound, and there are kings mixed in too, but they all seem to be much calmer than their cousins to the south.

Dolphins paid a visit close in shore and this has to be the only place on the planet where it's possible to get a photograph of penguins in the wild with cattle munching on kelp in the background!

Just to add to the experience there are knowledgeable rangers close at hand to offer information when called on.

Refreshments at the unobtrusive Sea Cabbage Cafe are excellent with absolutely delicious home-made cakes in plentiful supply and tea, coffee and hot chocolate made to order. As if that wasn't enough, there's live music (guitar and accordion when we were there) in the cafe and the adjacent museum which also holds an interesting collection of exhibits to illustrate life on the islands and some of their history.

Unusually for some trips of this kind, there are toilets available to visitors. The gents just has to have the best view from such a facility that I have ever found anywhere: not white tiles but a white sand beach with penguins waddling across it and dolphins sailing by just a few metres off it! Amazing!

Just to make this a really comprehensive trip, the journey out and back is by mini-bus on paved roads and 4x4 across stunningly beautiful open ground between the road and the lagoon, and it isn't wasted. The driver, a 'local', with all that that brings to authenticity and the ability to answer the most tricky and detailed of questions, provides a commentary on the journey and their own experiences of life on the islands, whilst taking care to ensure that progress is as comfortable as it can be. There are warnings about the trip not being suitable for those with neck or back problems but our experience would suggest that these would have to be fairly severe for any real discomfort to be felt.

All-in-all a thoroughly recommended trip that is much, much more than 'just' penguins!

Visited March 2012
7 Thank digitl
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West Suffield, Connecticut
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“What an amazing adventure”
Reviewed March 4, 2012

You start off on a van with a. City over view,Then you board a landrover and do some pretty amazing off road 4wheeling then you arrive at bluff and are greated by hundred reds of penguins it takes your breath away bonus is the ocean views!!Then to top it off the owners serenade you and feed you with local bake goods and the best cup of tea!!!Unforgetable!!Thanks Eric for the great commentary too

2 Thank Mikeval1984
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Penguins and cake - what more could you want?”
Reviewed February 21, 2011

I loved my trip to Bluff Cove - first was an exciting 4x4 trip cross country and then the adorable peguins. You can get really close to the colony, though there are wardens to prevent you actually picking them up! The Sea Cabbage Cafe served delicious tea and cakes all with fresh local ingredients and then, completely stuffed, we just had time to waddle round the excellent museum before returning to Stanley.

Visited February 2011
4 Thank katietravelbug
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Level 6 Contributor
298 reviews
175 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 383 helpful votes
“Bumpy ride, penguins, beautiful beach and carrot cake”
Reviewed February 12, 2011

This trip was one of the highlights of our South America and Antarctica cruise. A bus takes you from Stanley out to where the unpaved road runs out and you have to switch to 4WD vehicles. You then have a 30 minute trip over the peat bogs (exceptionally bumpy and not for anyone with back problems) in the company of a Falklands resident who, if you are lucky, will talk to you about life in the Falklands.

We had a Goose Green veteran from the Falklands War and he was fascinating to listen to. At the end of the trip is the wonderful sight of thousands of penguins, mainly Gentoos. In January, when we went, they had had babies and whilst an area is out of bounds to visitors, if the penguins choose to come out of the area you are free to walk amoung them. The babies are curious and have no fear so you get really close to them.

We saw Gentoos, 6 King penguins with eggs, a single macaroni penguin, magellenics and a single albino gentoo. The rangers tell you what to look for and you have an hour to look around and visit Hattie's cafe where cake and coffee are served free of charge. Our guide told us that Hattie had been busy baking the night before and recommended the carrot cake, which did not disappoint.

The beach is stunning and ladies must visit the toilets in the cafe to see the stunning pictures of the owners grandson aged less than one year sitting in the middle of the penguins and playing on the beach.

Visited January 2011
7 Thank Eaglet64
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Wareham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“World-class wildlife viewing”
Reviewed February 7, 2011

This day trip had everything that a Falklands experience should - penguins, 4WD, glorious white-sand beaches and friendly local hospitality.

The owner, Hattie, cookes up the most amazing spread of treats including diddle-dee jam scones.

Check out the new museum which is extremely informative.

Visited January 2011
3 Thank holiday1980
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