West Point Island (originally popular as Albatross Island or Isla Remolinos) is among the Falkland Islands, situated in archipelago's north-west corner. It has an area of 1,469 ha (14.69 km2 /5.67 ml2) and features some of the most picturesque coastal scenery in Falklands. West Point Island is owned by Roddy and Lily Napier and run as a tourist attraction and sheep farm. In 2016 just 2 persons lived permanently on the island.
West Point Island is 6 km (3.7 ml) long with a maximum width of 4 km (2.5 ml). Its spectacular west-facing cliffs are Falklands' highest, with the highest point being Cliff Mountain rising up to 1,250 ft (381 m). West Point Island Settlement, featuring a 2,100 ft (640 m) airstrip, lies in the north-east on Westpoint Cove. It is separated by a narrow channel (Wooly Gut) from West Falkland. It lies south-east of Jason Islands, and is the local reference to katabatic winds which often occur there.
As with many locations around the Falklands, during the early 19th century West Point Island was a popular site for slaughtering penguins and seals for oil. Literal overkill stopped this industry in the region. The island was founded in 1879 as a sheep farm by Arthur Felton, great uncle of the present owner, Roddy Napier.
In February 1968, late Lars-Eric Lindblad (1927-1994) brought Chilean government ship Navarino to the Falkland Islands with the first cruise passengers, which is recognized as the birth of tourism in the Falklands. Navarino called at West Point and Mr.Lindblad started a long friendship with Napier family. He fell in love with their isle and over the next 25 years helped turn it into one of the well known cruise destinations outside the capital city of Port Stanley.
Currenty West Point Island receives many expedition ships every summer, their travellers taking tenders and Zodiacs ashore to explore the magnificent island. Colonies of Southern Rockhopper penguins and Black-browed albatrosses, and the highest sea cliffs in Falkland Islands are the major attraction.
Highlights: Penguins & Albatross colony, Devil’s Nose and Mount Ararat
West Point Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to West Point Island dock (anchor) at different locations near the coast and transport their passengers to the shore on Zodiacs (inflatable boats) to explore the island.
The West Point Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near West Point Island, Falkland Islands.
If you lose the West Point Island location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port West Point Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from West Point Island, Falkland Islands. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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11 January, 2017