One of the world's most remote and beautiful nature sanctuaries.
New Island - also known as Isla de Goicoechea in Spanish - is one of the Falkland Islands. A long, thin island with both steep cliffs and sandy bays, it’s 150 west of the Falkland’s capital, Stanley.
Despite its position on the westerly edge of the islands, New Island was one of the first to be visited and colonized. There is some evidence that whalers from America may have landed here as early as 1770. In 1813 a ship from Nantucket was wrecked here and the crew survived for two years before being rescued. They built a simple stone shelter which now forms part of the oldest building in the Falklands.
With stints as a base for guano miners and whaling companies, New Island proved to be uneconomical to exploit in these ways and was left for the wildlife to thrive. Now a wildlife reserve and registered Important Bird Area (IBA), New Island is a beautiful sanctuary for many Falklands and Antarctic species to breed and live.
Penguins, in particular, take advantage of the shallow beaches and rolling shores on the eastern coast. Five species can be seen here, including large breeding colonies of gentoo and southern rockhopper penguins. King penguins are also found here, as well as petrels, shags, dolphin gulls, Falklands skuas, and many more.
Sea lions and elephant seals can also be found hauled up on the beaches or swimming idly in the sheltered bays.
Interesting facts about New Island
The landscapes here are stunning, with cliffs, sandy bays, bleak shipwrecks, and rolling hills. There are also memorials to a less peaceful scene - some of the battles that took place during the Falklands War in 1982. The locals will be all too pleased to welcome you with huge plates of cakes and biscuits, washed down with plentiful amounts of tea and coffee.
Pictures of New Island
Highlights Close to New Island
Arrival at Port Stanley
The Falkland Islands
Embark in Port Stanley
Animals in New Island
Our trips to New Island