PROGRAMME 2022 - 2023

Pelagic Australis in The Falkland Islands - Between 28 Oct - 18 Nov 2019 - A 14 day tour of the islands' finest wildlife sanctuaries and places of interest by sailing vessel.

Wildlife up close in the Falklands

This tour, by sailing vessel, of The Falklands will visit the islands' finest wildlife sanctuaries, places of historical interest, including battlefields and wreck sites, and various settlements or 'Camps' as they are known locally. There are also opportunities to dive in the clear waters by prior arrangement.  Fishing for the islands' famous sea trout can also be arranged seasons and cruise itinerary permitting.

Depending on a chartering group's preferences, this trip can last between 14 - 21 days, at a time to be agreed between 28 October and 18 November.  This period is peak viewing time for wildlife and coincides with the sea trout run between Sept and mid November.



For this expedition we are planning a 14 day itinerary concentrating on the islands diverse and unique wildlife. See map below. Pelagic Australis can take up to 8 passengers for this trip and we welcome enquires from groups or individuals.

Costs: Please contact Skip for details on

For more details of what is on offer see video below.

Other information about our Falklands destination see Falkland Islands Close Up - A cruise of Falkland Island waters recounted by Magnus Day and Silvia Varela written for the Chronicles of The Cruising Club of America Issue 59. Click for 2 mb pdf of the full article >>  and see the destination page here>>


The provisional itinerary below is both weather dependent and adjustable to the wishes of the charter party.


Day 1: Arrive Mount Pleasant Airport. Transport direct to Pelagic Australis in San Carlos (46 slow land miles).

Typical Falkland Anchorage

Visit war museum and British cemetery. If weather is fine sail for night anchorage off Ajax Bay - settle in on board.

Pucara destroyed during raid on Pebble Island
Day 2: Sail for Pebble Island (excellent example of settlement life) possibly via Port San Carlos or Jersey Harbour

Day 3: Sail through Pebble Sound to Carcass (finest wildlife sanctuary) via Saunders Island (1777 Royal Marines settlement).

Day 4: Carcass Island. 

Day 5: Weather and tides permitting, sail for Jason Islands. If fine, remain for night. (Finest penguin and albatross colonies.)   Anchor off Steeple Jason.

Albatross chick Steeple Jason by Justin Hoffman

Day 6: Sail for West Point Island. Night stop. (Finest albatross colonies.)

Day 7: Short sail to Port North Bense Island anchorage. (Fine beaches - possible dolphins and whales.)

Dolphins drawn by Ewen Southby Tailyour
Day 8: Sail for New Island. (Wildlife paradise and wrecks.)

Day 9: Sail for Port Albermarle via Horse Block Rock - south about Weddell Island. (Possible dolphins and whales?)

Day 10: Sail for Fox Bay (woollen and knitwear centres), possibly via Port Edgar (site of proposed anchorage for the Royal Family in World War Two - fascinating anchorage).

Day 11: Sail for anchorage at Bull Cove

Day 12: Sail for either Fitzroy Settlement or Bluff Cove Settlement or if time permits: leave out Fitzroy and Bluff Cove and divert to Goose Green (wrecks and site of Argentine garrison and Parachute Battalion battle).

Approaching Stanley

Stanley waterfront

Day 14: Overland transport to Mount Pleasant Airport



Guests would either fly once weekly to the Mt. Pleasant Airport (MPA) on the East Falkland direct from the UK (Royal Air Force 747 from Brize Norton), or every Saturday from Punta Arenas via Santiago Chile on Lan Chile. They would be met on arrival and then take Land Rover transport either to the port of Stanley or by arrangement direct to one of the ‘Camps’ on East Falkland to meet either of the vessels. We strongly recommend that international return flights are fully flexible to allow for missed connections due to bad weather.


We suggest that if you are arriving via Chile that you plan to be in Santiago on the Thursday night prior to the early Saturday morning departure from Santiago to Mount Pleasant Airport in the Falklands. This will allow some slack for missed connections and bags that did not make connections. Note that there is only one flight per week going into the Falklands, so this is critical. We also suggest you stay at the Airport Holiday Inn while in Santiago as it is a walk across the street to the terminal. And, you can enjoy this fascinating city on the Friday and meet up with your team mates.

For more information on the Falkland Islands in general, see the Falkland Islands Tourist Board Website or contact: Falkland Islands Government House, 14 Broadway, Westminster, London SW1 HDB11. Tel: 44 (0)207 222 2542

Falklands Travel Agents

The Falklands are a specialist destination. Local agents to book your flights to Mount Pleasant Airport in the Falklands and arrange for transfer to the vessel once there are: International Tours and Travel LTD 1 Dean Street Stanley FIQQ1ZZ Falkland Islands +500 22041 tel +500 22042 fax Contact: Sally Ellis


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See slide show below for a flavour of this cruise