If you are a penguin lover, or not, a drive to Volunteer Point is a must. Since you have to travel thru privately owned land to get to the penguin colony, you need to go with a tour guide. If tou are on a cruise ship that makes port in the Falkland Islands, book your tour well in advance as there are a limited number of tour companies that go out to Volunteer Point. (Note: the cost was almost half of what the cruise line was charging.) We booked our trip with Patrick Watts, and it was an experience not to be missed.
You travel in 4-wheel drive vehicles (4 passenges plus the driver) and the last 75 to 90 minutes is off road, and I mean off road, an adventure in itself. If you have a bad back or are pregnant, the drive to Volunteer Point is not advisable. Once there you get to walk among the penguins and watch them frolic in the water. Granted you need to keep your distance, but they don't have to, and will walk right by you on their way back and forth from the beach. We saw King, Gentoo and Magellanic penguins. When we got down to the water's edge, there was a seal in the water and all the penguins that were in the water were making a made dash for shore. Saw young Gentoo chicks waiting down on the beach for their parents to return from sea with food. At the King penguin rookery we saw male King penguins sitting on eggs, abandoned eggs, and chicks with their parents. Saw the Magellanic penguins in and out of their burrows. We were there for nearly 2 hours, and could have stayed longer. This was an experience not to be missed and is right up there along with walking amongst the bobbies on the Galapagos Islands!
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