West Point Island Cruises
Privately-owned West Point is one of the Falkland Islands, and this rocky outcrop to the north west of the archipelago is home to the Napier family – and to countless seabirds.
The island boasts around 70 per cent of the world's breeding black-browed albatrosses, and is a popular spot for Rockhopper penguins and Southern giant petrels.[ReadMoreMob]
The tiny island is no more than 6km long and has ruggedly-impressive scenery, particularly to the south where 350m-high cliffs face out over the South Atlantic. This contrasts with the bay on the east coast, where the Napier farmhouse is sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds by surrounding hills. The climb up the hill from the bay to the main promontory on the island, Devil’s Nose, reveals the vast bird colonies.
West Point Island features juxtapositions of sandstone cliffs and low-lying greenery. A particular highlight is the ‘Devil’s Nose’, a rocky promontory where pairs of nesting southern rockhopper penguins and black-browed albatrosses reside.
Allan and Jacqui White manage and maintain the island (which is actually owned by Roddy Napier) and as such have many a story to tell. The couple can often be found treating cruise ship guests to a spread of tea and homemade cakes in china cups.
Albatrosses and penguins
Originally giving their name to the island, albatrosses are in abundance here, specifically the black-browed albatross with their distinctive dark eye markings. Rockhopper penguins live alongside albatrosses, particularly in the 'Devil's Nose' area.
Cruises to West Point Island
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