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West Point Island (aka Albatross Island, Isla Remolinos) is part of Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas, an UK territory in Southern Atlantic Ocean). The isle is located in archipelago's north-west corner, south-east of Jason Islands. West Point is a privately-owned island (by Roddy and Lily Napier) and run as sheep farm (since 1879) and a tourist destination.
The island has land area 1469 hectares (15 km2 / 6 ml2), length 6 km (4 ml) and max width 4 km (2.5 ml). Its picturescue west-facing cliffs are Falklands' highest, with highest elevation point Cliff Mountain (1250 ft / 381 m). The island has a 2100 ft (640 m) long airstrip (Westpoint Cove's north-east) and is separated from West Falkland island by Wooly Gut (narrow channel).
As with many locations in the Falklands, during early-19th century West Point was a site for slaughtering penguins and seals for oil, and only the overkill stopped this industry in the region. The island was first visited by cruise ship tourists in February 1968, when Lars-Eric Lindblad (1927-1994, founder of Lindblad Expeditions) chatered a Chilean government vessel (MS Navarino) for cruising to the Falklands. This visit is also recognized as the birth of cruise tourism in Falkland islands in general. At West Point, Mr Lindblad started a strong friendship with Napier family and over the next 25 years he helped to turn the island into one of the well-known cruise destinations outside territory's capital Port Stanley.
Currenty, during summer West Point Island receives many expedition cruise ships. Their passengers are transported to the isle via the ship's tender boats and Zodiacs (large-capacity inflatable boats). Wildlife viewing on the island includes southern rockhopper penguins and black-browed albatrosses. Another best-known feature are Falklands' highest cliffs.
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.
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.
|7 March, 2019|
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|8 March, 2019|
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