For most visitors, wildlife-watching is the main activity. Because of the Falkland Islands’ isolation and small human population, many species show no fear of people, but the Falklands Islands Countryside Code, adapted from rules for comparable sites in Antarctica, recommends that visitors get no closer than six meters to birds and marine mammals. Be especially cautious with the southern sea lion, which can be aggressive and surprisingly quick on land.
Fishing for sea trout no longer requires a license, but there are daily bag limits; for more information, such as open seasons, contact Stanley’s Environmental Planning Department (St. Mary’s Walk, tel. 27390).
Opportunities for hiking are almost limitless, but government and some landowners discourage camping because of fire danger and livestock disturbances. Since nearly all land is privately held, hikers must seek permission from the landowner; the Tourist Board (tel. 22215, info [at] falklandislands [dot] com) in Stanley can provide a list of contacts.
Diving among the Islands’ numerous shipwrecks, kelp forests, and reefs is possible with Stanley operator Dave Eynon’s Falklands Underwater (Boathouse Gallery, Ross Rd., Stanley, tel. 21145, www.falklands-underwater.com), which rents equipment and organizes tours, and has recently added a 14-meter catamaran to its fleet.
Golfers seeking a real challenge can take on the 12-green, 18-tee course at Stanley, as the Islands’ nearly constant winds complicate play even more. Arranged through local agencies, green fees are £5.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition