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“Penguins, Penguins Everywhere”
Review of Volunteer Point

Volunteer Point
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Volunteer Point in Falkland Islands
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

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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Reviewed April 1, 2013

We tendered ashore from the m/s Veendam under a most unpromising sky, but by the time we arrived at the marvellous Volunteer Point penguin colony the sky had cleared and we enjoyed a great visit. Most beautiful, of course, are the Kings, who chatter away to each other endlessly, but the Gentoos and Magellanics also have great charm. Apart from visiting their colony, which is slightly inland, a walk with them on what must be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with fine white sand, is well worthwhile. Altogether, a magical experience and well worth the bumpy 2½ hour cross-country drive. Probably the highlight of our South American cruise.

1  Thank Richard G
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

This is the biggest King Penguin colony on the Falklands with about 1000 breeding pairs. These penguins are slightly smaller than the Emperor Penguins made famous in the film "March of the Penguins" but very similar in appearance. It is the most accessible King Penguin colony in thw world. While the drive is difficult it can eb reahced in a couple of hours from Stanley. I was to stay overnight at the Warden's lodge. This meant I had the site to myself for several hours. This was a very special experience. The king penguins were courting, and fighting and walking up and down the beach. There were also gentoo and magellanic penguins. The photographic opportunities were excellent. I would recommend highly staying overnight for the exclusive nature of the penguin experience. The warden and his wife are very friendly. The facilities are simple, but being able to walk to the colony at any time invaluable.

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Reviewed March 9, 2013

The ride out requires 4WD and a guide for the 2 1/2 hour drive. About 1/2 the time is cross country and the locals go in groups as the Land Rovers often get "bogged".

If you are on a cruise ship it is best to reserve a place MONTHS ahead as there are only a limited number of 4WD vehicles available. It was completely worth the $175 fee. There are several tour guides and we booked on-line with Nyree or Estancia tours. Lunch is provided.

We were able to see hundreds and hundreds of King and Gentoo Penguins. You are restricted from walking closer than about 6 feet but it is OK if the inquisitive penguins walk up to you. We had many come up to us and give a sideways look up as if to say - What are you?

I would put this visit into the top 10 stops we have ever made in 50 years of travelling!

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Volunteer Point, Falkland Islands is a special place if you like penguins. Our cruise ship ms Veendam, tendered here on Feb. 7, 2013. We saw King, Gentoo and Magellan penguins, many with chicks. Great fun getting up close and personal with the penguins. If you were permitted, you could pet them they are so close. We saw such funny antics of the Gentoo chicks who were BIGGER than their parents, trying to be fed. The parent would allow the chick to feed for a few moments, then, like a bolt of lightening, run as fast and far from the chick as possible, with the chick madly trying to keep up. Hilarious! The King penguins were sheltering their chicks under their pouches and were very sweet to watch. The trip to the penguins is not for people with neck or back problems. It took 2 1/2 hours to get there and the last 1 1/2 hours was very slow over a sheep pasture, ruts and all. But we wouldn't have missed it.

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