Saunders Island is one of the few accessible places in the world where you can view Black Browed Albatrosses close up. These birds breed on other islands in the Falklands such as the Jason Islands and Beauchene Island but these are far from accessible. Albatrosses are known locally as "Mollymauks"
Port Egmont on the Eastern shore of Saunders Island was the site of the first British settlement in the Falklands. The settlement was founded in 1765 the site chosen as there was a safe natural harbour nearby. It was occupied for 9 years in total from 1766-1769 by the British who were then forceably removed by the Spanish in 1769 who in turn were foreably removed by the British in 1771. The British finally withdrew in 1774 as there were no longer the funds available to keep the settlement going but before they withdrew they left behind a flag and a plaque claiming ownership of the islands. Little remains of the original settlement now apart from a few low walls, the ruins of the stone huts now battered by South Atlantic gales.
By far the most convenient way to get to Saunders is by Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS). They fly Britten-Norman Islander prop aircraft to an amazing number of locations around the Falklands. Booking a seat on a flight can be done via their office in Stanley or if you are staying at a hotel or lodge in the islands they can book a flight for you. When you have booked your seat you must listen to FIBS (Falkland Islands Broadcasting Station) the night before you are due to fly when the flight announcements are made on air. Listen out for your name and make a note of the time of the flight.
Fondest memory: My most endearing memory of Saunders Island was renting a cottage for myself on the island during the depths of winter and waking up one morning to find it had snowed in the night - this was the sight that greated me as the sun rose over the hills. A golden glowing light that reflected off the snow and the sea, I stood for a while in the doorway of the cottage, my mouth agape before I hurried off to grab my camera and snap this shot.