Our trip to Sea Lion Lodge was the highlight of a 5-week trip to all of South America. There is no other place in the Falkland Islands where you can have easy (i.e. walking and not having to hire an expensive 4x4 trip) access to so much varied wildlife and get to come home to a comfortable and quite posh (by Falklands standards) lodge. The main draw to this island is the variety of penguin life (Gentoos, Rockhoppers, Magellenic, and even some Kings), Sea lions, Elephant seals, various bird species (but no Albatrosses), and even a chance to see a Killer Whale ( we weren't so fortunate). It was really quite amazing.
The lodge itself had surprisingly well-appointed rooms with comfortable beds and the hot shower wasn't too bad at all! There was a separate den with TV (though only one channel and a collection of boring and out-dated DVDs and VHS), a dining room where you have all your meals, and a sitting area attached to the dining room with a self-serve bar where everyone has tea after dinner.
Meals were "British" yes, but I didn't find them to be all that bad. Some meals were actually very good. It is also nice that you have the option of a packed lunch if you think you will still be out enjoying the wildlife. The packed lunches were very filling too.
The staff at the Sea Lion Lodge was awesome!! Jenny is a tremendous host and the support staff is so incredible, it made the experience even that much better. Jenny gives some people a 4x4 tour of the island (we didn't get one, but we also didn't ask) which helps give a lay of the land.
The only issue is that it's pretty damn expensive. We were the only people there under 35 and I think part of that is because it's expensive. About 130 GBP per person per night. We stayed 3 nights which amounted to over $1000 US! On top of that, you have to pay for the puddle-jumper flight there too. So if you go, be prepared to spend spend spend! But easily the best bang for your buck with regard to wildlife so ultimately the price is justified. Also there is only 1 room with a queen bed (all others with 1 or 2 twins), so unless you book early enough to get it, expect that you will be sleeping in a separate bed from your partner.
Also, as I mentioned, you're mostly staying there with old folks. I think the average age of visitors to the falklands in general is high, but most younger kids wouldn't shell out for Sea Lion Lodge. It wasn't a bad experience, but just an FYI. You have to sit with everyone for dinner so you might be struggling for conversation!
Overall HIGHLY recommended, even if you do have to go into debt!
- Also Known As:
- Sea Lion Island Hotel