Carcass Island is simply stunning. The pristine wildlife is everywhere, from the caracaras that will steal anything you put down for more than a second, to the huge elephant seals, and dolphins.
West Point Island Trip
Lying an hour offshore from Carcass Island is the smaller island of West Point. Inhabited by only four people this remote spot is a also inhabited by a massive colony of Black Browed Albatross that make use of the spectacular cliffs as their breeding ground.
There is also a large colony of Rockhopper penguins and a large population of Striated Caracaras (known locally as Johnny Rock) which, given half the chance, will pinch anything you may leave lying around!
The journey from Carcass, on board Condor (an ex-German Fishing Boat that is perfectly suited to the conditions being comfortable and very safe although not what can be described as luxurious) with her captain Mike, one of the four occupants of the Island takes around one hour over seas that can be a little rough at times as you need to cross several cross-currents.
The journey over is spectacular and there are often sightings of Peale's Dolphins, Sea Lions, occasional whales (although these are a little rare in this stretch of water) and countless sea birds, including penguins in the water.
On arrival you have the chance to walk up to the Albatross Colony (although Mike will drive you if you prefer) where you are able to watch these magnificent birds use the wind that rise up the cliffs as they swoop and come into land next to their hungry chicks.
This trip really deserves time and is often frequented by cruise ships in the region, we will, wherever possible arrange this on a day when you can be in as small a group as possible to enjoy the wildlife in peace.
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Other experiences in Carcass Island
These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.