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    THE JETTY VISITOR CENTRE

    by DAO Updated Jul 12, 2013


    Unless you came here on a Military plane (available to civilians from the UK) you are going to land on the Public Jetty in Stanley and almost walk straight up to the Falklands Visitor Information Centre and Falklands Tourist Board (upstairs). Although they have published hours, if you arrive on a Cruise Ship, expect them to be open.

    The Falklands, well East Falkland anyway, is a small place. If you land here for a few hours, you should have either booked a tour in advance or be in the car park negotiating with the few taxis for a quick trip around the vanity to see something.

    If you want to know what they do have to offer, I would say:

    • Postcards with the postage stamp already on. Brilliant, carry labels like I do (pictured) and you are done in seconds and can post it here too.
    • A few pictures and facts on the wall that you can have a browse through. They have facts about the flora, fauna and history of the islands.
    • Helpful staff who are mostly old ladies. Don’t expect them to be fast. Once your ship leaves it gets very slow here. Buy and go.
    • Some souvenirs like pens. Not recommended. Cheap and the designs rub off quickly. There are many good souvenir shops nearby.

    So in a nutshell:

    • Do your home work and/or booking before you go
    • Buy the Postcards and run

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    Whale Bones

    by crazyman2 Updated Apr 17, 2007

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    Yes! Everyone who has been to the Falklands will know about the bones which form an arch outside the Anglican church.
    However, go inside the church to see an unusual stained-glass window: it's of a District Nurse who served the community in the first half of the 20th Century ---must have been quite a person to be remembered in this way!
    There's a Roman Catholic church too and beyond that the memorial to those who died in the 1982 war. The memorial plaque is an amazing panorama of a battle scene featuring soldiers, fighter aircraft, assault ships, troop ships, tanks, rocket launchers, helicopters and so on. It's well worth a few minutes study.
    I'll be adding photos soon.
    Would I go back to see the Falklands? Well, the VT information from others was that the penguins were likely to have gone by March ---and so I didn't bother to look for them. If I did return then I'd go on the 4x4 tour which was great fun although very muddy and...eh... how to put this....'messy'.
    If you're on a cruise then do read my tip entitled 'rain'!!!!!!

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    Penguins

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    The Falkland Islands are the home to many different varieties of penguin. I was looking forward to taking a trip to Bluff Cove Penguin Rookery where I was promised sightings of Gentoo, Magellenic, and King Penguins. Unfortunately the cruise company informed me that all the Bluff Cove trips were boooked out - as were all the other penguin related trips. As a result I missed any opportunity of viewing penguins on the islands.

    However, as a tip for future day trippers, my advice would be that when you land at the port you will find plenty of taxis and mini buses that will take you exactly where you want to go and at a fraction of the price.

    I didn't know that at the time, but fellow travellers told me when I returned to the ship.

    I did get to see real live penguins later on in Punta Arenas, Chile, but for now I am posting a pic of the only penguin I saw on the Falklands - a stuffed one in the museum;-)

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    Falkland Islands Museum

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated Mar 21, 2007

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    One of the lovely things about the Falkland Islands is that most of the town-related sights are situated within walking distance of each other.

    The Museum is situated on Holdfast Road (most of the streets here have really interesting names with little bits of history attached to them) and for a nominal fee you can spend hours wandering around in here. In fact, you can wander off for a cup of coffee or a pint of beer, come back and let them know you were here earlier, and you don't have to pay the fee again.

    I loved it particularly because, unlike many of the large museums of the Capital Cities of the world, this museum is situated in a typical Falklander house and is staffed by locals who will be more than happy to share many tales with you.

    I take it that opening hours depend very much on whether or not there are tourists in town.

    There's a tiny gift shop at the equally tiny reception where you can buy postcards, diaries, and books about the island. I'd also recommend perhaps investing in one or two of the little ceramic animals that are hand made locally - they are cute more than anatomically perfect, but you can say you have something real and handmade in the Falklands.

    The toilets are around the back and are really clean and well maintained.

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    The Falklands War

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 12, 2007

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    Most of us know the Falkland Islands from the Argentine invasion in 1982 and the occupation until British expedition troops defeated the Argentinians. If one looks on an Argentine map, the islands are part of their country, even though little of Argentine culture is found here.
    Monuments mark the invasion and the liberation of the islanders in many areas on the Falklands.

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    Cormorants

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 12, 2007

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    Usually found in groups of thousands of birds are cormorants. Seeing this group of thousands of birds from the distance I thought, wow another group of penguins, but coming closer there were thousands of cormorants nesting, flying in and out feeding the chicks.

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    The Kindergarten of the Falklands

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 12, 2007

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    All the birds were nesting or looking after they young ones when I was on the island. It was a continuous stream of birds and penguins returning from the sea with "supplies" for the young. The penguins regurgitate the food they have collected and feed the shouting chicks. An amazing sighting that one can see in every corner of the Falklands.

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    Rockhopper Penguins

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 12, 2007

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    One of the main attractions of the island are Rockhopper Penguins that have their nests on the rocky drops of the islands. The community of those penguins consists of a few thousand breeding pairs.
    Imagine you are about 50cm tall and you would have to climb a rocky and slippery drop of about 200 meters. Well that is what these penguins have to do when they return to the nesting site. It is quiet amusing to see these little penguins jump up rocky steps.

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    Night Heron

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 12, 2007

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    The Falklands have some 185 different species of birds - the shy Night Heron was one of the sightings that I made whilst I was on the island. Normally slightly higher up on a look out to spot and catch fish.

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    Skua

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 12, 2007

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    Skuas are plenty full all over the islands. Upon my visit there were plenty of nesting Skuas and their chicks around, hidden in the shrubs one can only see them in the very last moment. If one got to close the Skua would attack and fly right over once head.

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    Seals

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 12, 2007

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    The Falklands are a haven for nature. The ocean is busy with swimming seals, that are on the hunt for food. Though most of the seals respect the distance to humans, and the unfamiliar sighting of boats near by. Yet it is fun to watch them playing in the surf or waves, and curiously watching the human invaders into their territory.

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    Bleaker Island

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 12, 2007

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    Bleaker Island is a 30 minute flight south west of Stanley and is open year round. It is an isolated place that is home to only two inhabitants the Rendell family, which farm on the island with cattle and sheep. Their residence is in the middle of a teaming paradise for sealions, penguins and hundred of species of birds. The island is off the beaten track - yet if you should decide to visit this remote place you will not be disappointed, since all the natural highlights are only about 3 km away in either direction from the self catering cottage that is available for visitors.

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    Gipsy Cove Penguins

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 12, 2007

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    In the bay and the hills surrounding Gipsy Cove one will find a large colony of Magellan Penguins. During my visit most of them had young once that were hiding in the nests protected by one of the family members – others were simply in groups on the beach. A beautiful natural site!!

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    Gipsy Cove

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 12, 2007

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    Some 7 kilometres to the East of Stanley one finds a stunning bay with white covered sand. The way there alone is a treat to see the country side outside the capital town, the rugged tree less landscape that is teaming with bird life. I took a mountain bike to get there – and it was worse while every minute!!

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    Stanley - The Capital City

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 12, 2007

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    Small and picturesque, that is the safest capital on earth, Stanley on the Falkland Island. Beautiful Victorian buildings with Falkland influence, churches and a great museum are to be found in Stanley. The town can be explored on foot and the information staff at the tourist info right next to the public jetty is more then helpful to ensure one has a great time here, and is able to see all the attractions.

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