Cruises from Saunders Island
Saunders Island, NW of West Falkland, is still run as a sheep farm. Saunders Island Settlement, with one listed building known as Stone House, lies on the east coast. There are varied habitats, including wetland and permanent lakes, areas of dune formations and extensive steep cliff slopes. The highest point at 457m is Mt Richards and the slopes of the upland areas are rich in native flora.
It is one of the Falklands supreme wildlife sites, with Gentoo, Rockhopper, Magellanic and rare sightings of Macaroni and Chinstrap penguins. Also of interest is the ‘shower’, formed by fresh water running down over the cliff, which is used by the Rockhopper penguins to preen their feathers.