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“The lap of luxury. (For the Falklands that is!)”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Sea Lion Lodge

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Sea Lion Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sea Lion Island
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“The lap of luxury. (For the Falklands that is!)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2009

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!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2009

Sea Lion lodge isn't cheap (especially once you have paid for the flight to the island) - but if you can afford it, it offers a fantastic way to get up close to the wonderful wildlife of the Falklands. The lodge itself is comfortable enough - we stayed for two nights, and the bedroom was fine for our family (including a 5 month old baby). The food was okay, if nothing to write home about, with a good tea and coffee service for when relaxing in the lounge. And the building has a varied stock of reading material on the Falklands and its wildlife.

But the real attraction is the location. From the lounge we watched a colony of gentoo penguins on a lawn about 100 metres away - the numbers increased over the afternoon, until there were a few hundred by sundown. A 10 minute walk took us through a colony of magellanic penguins, mixing with the gentoos and dashing in and out of the sea on a fantastic white sandy beach. Five minutes in the other direction was a colony of (enormous) elephant seals. On a walk during the day we saw rockhopper penguins and sea lions off the rugged coast. And we were lucky enough to come across a wandering King Penguin. In short, you are unlikely to see as much wildlife in any other place on the Falklands - so if you can afford it, I would recommend the trip.

And if you are contemplating visiting the Falklands itself - the islands are a wonderful place, and somewhere very special. You have to like the outdoor life, but the people are very friendly, and the scenery is stunning (in a rugged, windswept way). We had a great time there.

  • Liked — Amazing location in amongst the Falklands wildlife
  • Disliked — The hotel and flight costs make it a pretty expensive option - but worth it
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2008

the food was not great and I got the drafty room. It was my least favorite of all the accommodations I had on the islands. It may have been that they were low on food supplies and that explains the lackluster meals. It was bad British food--yeesh. Sea Lion Island is not to be missed for the reasons I've mentioned above, but I felt it was worth mentioning. The wildlife viewing is spectacular and the food and room certainly didn't spoil my stay. It was just a bit disappointing after some of the other food and accommodations I experienced on some of the other islands.

  • Liked — being outdoors
  • Disliked — the food and the drafty room
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled solo
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Vila Velha, ES
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2008

We have been to three islands of the Falklands (Saunders, Bleaker and Sea Lion Islands). Bleaker island and Saunders island were self-catering lodges as the most in the Falklands. Regarding the Sea Lion Lodge we can say that is propably the best option to see the wildlife of the Falklands with comfort if not luxury: Three daily meals, jeep tours available, comfortable rooms, a nice leaving room and a well stocked honesty bar - and internet! And the wildlife is spectacular: sea elephants on the beach in 5 minutes walking distance - the only large colony in the Falkland, then sea lions and rock hopper pinguins and more birds. If you have only one day in the Falklands - go there! And the staff of the hotel is very friendly!

  • Liked — To see spectacular wildlife in comfort / luxury
  • Disliked — price - it is expensive but worth the money
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Sea Lion Lodge
Address: Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands
Location: Falkland Islands > Sea Lion Island
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sea Lion Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 108
Also Known As:
Sea Lion Island Hotel

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