Bleaker Island, Falkland Islands
Bleaker Island is one of the Falkland Islands, lying off south east Lafonia (the southern peninsula of East Falkland). It is a long, narrow and low-lying island with several large ponds and a magnificient beach called ‘Sandy Bay’. The island is privately owned and is run as an organic sheep and cattle farm.
The island is home to a wide variety of wildlife. A recent survey identified 49 bird species on the island, 37 of which were confirmed as breeding on site. Breeding species include Rockhopper, Magellanic and Gentoo penguins, King and Rock Cormorants, many small bird species and several birds of prey, including Striated and Southern Caracaras. The island is also a regular host to sea lions with some visiting Southern Elephant Seals.
Things to see and do
* Penguin Colonies
* Sea lions
* Sea birds
* Elephant seals
Cruise Season – Nov - April
Currency – Falkland Islands Pound (FKP)
Language – English
Land Area – 20.70 km²
Population – 0
Electricity – 2 vertical square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time – GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – +500
Port Location - Large cruise ships stop at Stanley's port throughout the summer.
Transport Links – Most international flights arrive at the Mount Pleasant (MPN) airport, which is also a military base. The only international carriers to use this airport are LanChile on a weekly flight from Santiago de Chile via Punta Arenas (CL), Rio Gallegos (AR) (monthly) and the UK Royal Air Force who carry commercial passengers direct from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom. Flights from the UK last eighteen hours including a stop on Ascension Island en route. The RAF contracts two flights per week which are subject to military priorities. There is also an airport in Stanley (PSY) but it has a smaller runway and is used primarily for flights within the Falklands.
The Mount Pleasant airport is 56km (35 miles) from Stanley.