My visit to the Falklands was for just a day, so I can't recommend any particular hotel or accommodation. B&B's do line the pierfront, but from what our guide told us I got the impression that accommodation isn't a problem here.
He told us a story that, a few months ago, the weather suddenly turned really bad while a thousand cruise tourists were day tripping on the island. Now, if you've ever been here, you'll know how remote it is and you'll also realises the consequesnces this would have. It seems the cruise ship took off without notice, leaving the tourists stranded on the island.
Now, whatever hotel accomodation there is here, there's definitely not enough for a thousand stranded cruisers; so......what happened? It seems announcements went out on local radio looking for beds for the night. The locals scrambled together and beds were found for all. The ovens and stoves were heated up and the biggest cookout ever began.
I hear that the cruisers pronounced it to be the best overnight of their trip and it strikes me that these islanders must be among the friendliest in the world:-)
Very easy, indeed. Bring a tent and start walking, and you can virtually pitch your tent anywhere.
Beware, though, that places like Murrell Peninsula and Volounteer Beach are private land, and permission should be asked, however, this is no problems at all. Just do ask, please.
In addition, fresh water supply may be a problem. There are very no lakes on the islands, so the best chance is the rivers, although the salty estuaries should be avoided. We spent a couple of days drinking peat-stained water from an ancient wheel track, so bring a canister and filli it whenever you get the chance.
Being in the wild, all alone with a bunch of penguins.
I spent 3 nights here at West Lagoons Farm in Hill Cove, this is for those people who want to experience the true Falklands lifestyle and stay on a working farm on West Falkland. The accommodation is comfortable and the home cooked food is very good, getting used to the colour of the water might be a sticking point for some people. Basically the water is brown because it is stained by the peat, taking a bath in brown water is an experience not to be missed!
West Lagoons Farm is an ideal base to go walking, the Falklands second highest mountain Mt Adam is a just a hike away. The birdwatching as at most places in the Falklands is a treat and for those who fish I believe there is very good fishing to be found there too.
Just under 50km from MPA on the Stanley - Darwin road lies Darwin House, it is the nearest accommodation you will find to the airfield and a excellent location for exploring the countryside. Darwin House has been run by Ken and Bonnie Greenland for a number of years now and you are always assured of a friendly welcome. The best thing about Darwin House is that you can drop in there at weekends for tea and cake/biscuits (known as "smoko" locally). So after a long drive you can relax in the lounge of Darwin Lodge with a nice cuppa!
If you wish to have a meal at Darwin House please book in advance
I can offer no tips on accomodation, because I stayed in a floating hotel which, I believe, is no longer there.
This isn't an accomodation but there is an internet cafe in town and they charge .25 cent us a minute. That's my cousin Kjell with me.
Sea Lion Lodge on Sea Lion Island is both a great place to stay and set in fantastic surroundings, I spent a total of five nights there (over two visits) and it was the highlight of my stay in the Falklands. Sea Lion Island is the southernmost inhabited island in the Falklands and it has such a wealth of wildlife concentrated in a relatively small area. Sea Lions, Penguins, Elephant Seals and Striated Cara Caras to name but a few. For more details on how to book a stay at Sea Lion Lodge e-mail Rob McKay at email@example.com
Our accomodations were with the ship, so there is not much to say other than use the link. The picture is not the ship which we were on, fortunately.
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