Visit Bluff Cove Lagoon For Penguins In Stanley Falkland Islands

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Visit Bluff Cove Lagoon For Penguins In Stanley Falkland Islands

After we wandered around the port town, we visited Bluff Cove Lagoon for penguins in Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Penguins were definitely an exciting part of our Oceania Cruises trip around South America.

On our travels we found penguins around the world. We were surprised when we saw African Penguins outside of Cape Town in South America at the Boulder Penguin Colony. At visits to the Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium in Japan and several times to the Monterey Aquarium in California, we always made sure we visited the penguins. So we grabbed at any chance to see more penguins!

Our ship arrived in the Falkland Islands a bit late in penguin season. But we were delighted when we saw so many Gentoo Penguins. And even saw the King Penguins.

We enjoyed the morning on wandering in the town of Stanley. We learned quite a bit about this interesting point out at sea. When it was time for our penguin excursions, we headed back to the dock area and met our group.

Heading Out To Find Penguins

When we arrived at a parking lot at Bluff Cove Lagoon, we were transferred to small Land Rover jeeps in groups of four. There was a new rough stone road being created for the jeeps. But when the road ran out, we moved off-road. It was not the wild off-road jeep ride we had on our visit to Moab in Utah or our desert jeep adventure in Dubai. But it was still fun.

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When we reached Bluff Cove Lagoon there was a short briefing about what we would see as we walked. We were told to stay inside the path marked with white triangles. And sent off to visit with the penguins for an hour. It did not take us long to realize how little time that was!

The First View Of Gentoo Penguins

Our first view was of a large field of moulting Gentoo Penguins. The ground was littered with shedded feathers and penguin poop.

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When we stopped and looked at the penguins, they soon wandered over and checked us out. Some crept up slowly. But others ran in their funny waddling way. They seemed very inquisitive about us tourists.

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We moved from group to group of penguins. They were a fun start on our day to visit Bluff Cove Lagoon for penguins in Stanley.

King Penguins And Their Babies

When we booked our tour, we knew we would see the Gentoo Penguins. But we were delighted when we were told that there was a group of King Penguins at the site. The group all sat in one area.

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When we looked closely, we saw the chicks burrowed under the adult King Penguins. As we watched, the babies came out for feeding or care.

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The King Penguins were definitely an unexpected treat when we visited Bluff Cove Lagoon for penguins in Stanley.

Bluff Cove Lagoon For Penguins Swimming

We kept walking from group to group of penguins. The surf was high and we saw a group of penguins by the beach. We stopped to interact with a small group that seemed particularly curious.

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Down at the water we saw Gentoo Penguins as they tentatively approached the waves. It often took several waves before the penguins launched in and headed out to swim. And it was fun when we saw them run back out!

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It was fun to see the playful penguins in the surf when we visited Bluff Cove Lagoon for penguins in Stanley

Tea And Diddle Dee Berries

On our trip into Bluff Cove Lagoon, the guide pointed out a small shrub with berries. These tiny Diddle Dee berries were used to create jam. The final treat on our visit was to visit the Cafe for tea and scones with Diddle Dee berry jam. There was a souvenir shop that sold all kinds of penguin goods. And a museum too.

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But the one hour visit was not enough. We wanted to spend most of our time with the penguins. So by the time we reached the cafe, it was time to re-board our Land Rover. We really needed much longer to visit Bluff Cove Lagoon for penguins in Stanley.

Plan To Visit Bluff Cove Lagoon For Penguins In Stanley Falkland Islands

We were so happy we booked an excursion to visit Bluff Cove Lagoon for penguins in Stanley. We saw so many more penguins than we expected. It was the end of February and we were afraid that the penguin population would have moved.

It was great to have some time to wander around Stanley. And we learned a bit about the Falkland Islands.

We really wanted to head out to Volunteer Point for a different penguin experience. But it was a long trip from Stanley. And we did not have the time with one excursion already booked. This just meant there was more to do on a return trip, perhaps en-route to Antarctica? To our delight, we found more penguins on our cruise around South America when we visited Magdalena Island in Chile.

Did you visit Bluff Cove Lagoon for Penguins in Stanley Falkland Islands? Or did you see penguins somewhere else?

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68 Comments

  1. I wasn’t aware that one can watch penguins in Falkland Is. I thought Ushuaia is the best place. Thanks for bringing it to my knowledge.

  2. Loved to see the penguins in the Bluff cove lagoon and islands. It was good to see so many of them and the baby penguins hanging out with the adults.Deedle Dee berries sound interesting. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Seeing penguins in real life would be such a surreal experience! Your photos are amazing – I can’t even imagine being that close. Thanks for sharing!

  4. WOW!! What an experience. I can’t believe how close you were able to get to them. And your photos are insane! We went to a Penguin colony near Puerto Madryn in Argentina. I love penguins so much, such beautiful animals. Although we didn’t get to see as much action as you!

  5. Seeing penguins would be awesome, but that’s really cool the King penguins showed up for you! What a cool experience!

  6. You guys are my definition of getting the most out of life. Your teamwork is amazing. Thanks so much for bringing us along.

    • We finally got a chance to start to write and publish about our South America travels. And we could not pass on starting with our penguin fun! We sure loved this chance to see so many penguins.

  7. Squeeee what an amazing place to visit! I looove your photos of both the King Penguins and the Gentoo Penguins. The Gentoo Penguins look like such cute little chonky fellas! Do they seem to have as much personality (penguinality?) as oozes through these photos?

  8. Penguins are lovely and so beautiful. I observed them in Argentina, but I didn’t manage to be as close as you in the Falkland Islands. You had a great adventure and took amazing photos. I would love to visit Bluff Cove Lagoon to photograph them.

  9. I love coming across a post about a subject that I haven’t read about before and this one ticks those boxes. To visit the Falkland Islands is a unique trip and to see the penguins is the icing on the cake. I recently took a trip to see puffins on an island in Wales and this reminds me of that – they seem such friendly little creatures. I have seen the penguins in South Africa and on a beach in Melbourne so maybe this should be next on my list!

  10. Oh what an experience! You must have been kiddy the entire day. To be able to watch them waddle out to see and run back to the shore, to see the King Penguin and the babies come out for feeding, all of it would be such a marvel to see.

  11. Oh I’ve wanted to get to the Falklands! Looks like you had a magical trip. Penguins are beautiful, what fun! I saw them outside Ushuaia Argentina. One day I will get to the Falklands!

  12. What a great place! It must have been an incredible experience to see the penguins on their natural habitat! I never seen them in this context and I hope to manage to see them one day!

  13. This remains on my Bucket List and Antarctic too. I know I will get there eventually. Enjoyed this post and your photos as always. Thanks.

  14. What a lovely experience enjoying penguins! I love penguins and it is interesting to hear about Gentoo Penguins and King Penguins. We have seen penguins in many aquariums but visiting bluff cove lagoon must be such an enjoyable experience. Tea and scones with Diddle Dee berry jam sure sounds yummy!:-)

  15. Penguins are so adorable! I only saw them in the wild twice – and that was both times in Chile on the same trip. The Falkland Islands must have some geat hiking possibilities too! We met a guy in New Zealand who showed us some pictures from a multi-day hike there.

  16. Penguins are probably my favourite animals! This would be a dream trip for me, even though it looks pretty cold and wet in the Falkland Islands. So cool that you got to see them up close and that they came up to you too!

  17. Wow! What a fabulous trip – I really loved all of the photos of the penguins and think that Diddle Dee berry jam sounds fantastic. One for my bucket list!

  18. Penguins are so amazing!! It must have been an amazing adventure seeing them so close. We’re currently travelling around South America and now I really want to visit the Falkland Islands too. Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. Wow! What an amazing experience & I love the shots you got of the penguins. I completely agree that 1 hour would not be enough time, especially if they are curious & by the looks of things very entertaining! I love penguins & especially seeing the King penguins & babies must have been really magical.

  20. Penguins are such great characters, aren’t they. I met a few in New Zealand, but I’ll have to win the lottery to get to see any more. This sounds like a great trip.

  21. That sounds like an awesome tour. Imagine seeing the penguins in their home, and they were friendly too. That’s such a treat you have shared in this post. They look so cute and cuddly in the pictures too.

  22. I learned something new! I thought penguins only lived in snowy places. I had no idea they lived in places like that. They are so cute. I didn’t know about the Falkland Islands. My bucket list just grew longer! I am a lover for island and green places, especially if I get to see wildlife. Thank you for sharing. I hope to read more about your travels. Nice pictures, by the way.

    • I am glad to showed you something new. We were delighted with how many penguins we saw. Falkland Islands are often a part of Antarctica expeditions. But we were glad it was included in our South America trip. Lots more from this trip posting in the coming months.

  23. Wow, you were able to get up close these adorable little creatures! They seemed curious and were probably wondering about your camera. They knew how to pose! This is a proof of how travel brings out the innocence in us adults.

  24. Omggg the baby King Penguins are so cute! Penguins are one of my dream animals to see in the wild. Definitely want to check out the Falkland Islands one day.

  25. Ooooohhh… I’ve just dropped camels as my favourite animal. Those penguins are so adorable. Never seen one in the wild, but I realise now I have to. Those brown fur ball babies I know from the zoo. It’s crazy that in terms of volume some of those babies look almost as big as their parents. Your pictures and post made my day. 🙂

    • I am happy to put penguins on your list to chase in real life. We saw our first in the wild in South Africa. And we have had penguins on our list for our bucket list trip to Antarctica. So we were delighted we got several opportunities to see large groups of penguins up close on our South America trip. A bit sad that it has taken me so long to finally get these posts out.

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