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Trip60 wrote a review Mar. 2020
Washington, D.C149 contributions17 helpful votes
Great opportunity to gel closer to Rock-hopper penguins as well as Albatrosses. It is like bird paradise. It is isolated and it has abundant sea birds
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Date of experience: February 2020
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peakdistricttravel wrote a review Feb. 2020
Whaley Bridge, United Kingdom944 contributions195 helpful votes
Absolutely one off place to visit. Weather was fine and dry. The penguin and albatross colony is beyond words you have to see it for yourself. The building at the back of the beach has a number of souvenirs to support the conservation.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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ScottPortelliPhotography wrote a review Dec. 2019
Sydney, Australia21 contributions4 helpful votes
3rd times a charm, well at least when it comes to getting to this remote wonder of nature. It can be a bit tricky to get to New Island, but that’s why it makes it so rewarding and special once you get here. The plane can only land when the wind is in a certain direction and you need to buffer this into your schedule. But believe me it is well worth the effort. New Island lies in the south west Falklands and is part of the New Island Conservation Trust, which is devoted to wildlife conservation and scientific research. The island is truly spectacular with dramatic coastline and sheer cliff faces that dominate the landscape. The wildlife widespread across all corners of the island and usually involves some extensive hiking to get to albatross and rockhopper colonies, or combing the beaches for sealions and Gentoo penguins leaping out of the surf along the pristine sandy beaches. As I watched Gentoo penguins returning from a day of foraging, there were Peales dolphins in the surf and around the numerous kelp forests hunting for fish. Giselle & Alex manage the settlement and are so accommodating and knowledgeable and just lovely people to spend time with. This is such a unique place and it takes the commitment of people like this and the New Island Conservation Trust to keep this a pristine beautiful place. If you have the time and you want to see a part of the Falklands that very few people get to see, then this should definitely be on your list.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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VAPilot wrote a review Dec. 2019
Vienna, Virginia426 contributions164 helpful votes
After landing at a small pier, a walk along the shoreline takes you past a wreck in the harbor and the New Island Museum (a small one-roomed building-with a gift shop-that has some vignettes of early Falklands Island life). You continue along an upslope with plenty of kelp and upland geese and end up at a cliff where you can see huge colonies of rock hopper penguins and black-browed albatross. A number of Skuas are ever present trying to steal penguin eggs. Its about a 30 minute walk from the pier to this cliff. Watch out for boggy ground and plenty of mud! A walk back down the slope almost to the museum presents you with a much steeper slope to a hill that affords you a view of most of New Island and the surrounding islands. There is a cairn on top and the ever present wind blows like crazy up there. A great place for hiking and viewing Falkland Island wildlife up close.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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roaming_kiwi58 wrote a review Feb. 2019
Christchurch, New Zealand2,561 contributions481 helpful votes
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We stopped on New Island from our exhibition cruise. From the landing site at Settlement Bay we had about a 20 minute walk to the other side of the island. Here we saw a colony of rockhopper penguins mixed with black browed albatrosses, with a neighbouring cormorant colony. At Settlement Bay there is a small museum and a shipwreck in the bay.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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