Port Howard

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Introduction

Port Howard is a small settlement on the island of West Falkland in the Falkland Islands. The settlement is the centre of a 200,000 acre sheep farm, with twenty permanent residents and over 42,000 sheep. Visitors to Port Howard are offered a glimpse of camp life along with excellent fishing and hiking opportunities.

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Sights and Activities

  • Dolphins - the settlement's jetty is a good place to spot Commerson's dolphins. Believe it or not, a few bangs with a metal pipe on the side of the jetty are usually enough to summon any cetaceans that are in the area!
  • War Museum (In a semi-circular corrugated iron hut in the grounds of the Lodge). Open daily, sunrise to sunset. A tiny museum of the 1982 war, mainly notable for its artefacts, including a parachute, ejector seats and weapons from both sides. Free.
  • Fishing. Port Howard offers some of the best fly fishing in the islands, with the Warrah River boasting the West Falkland's record sea trout.
  • Wildlife Viewing. Like most places in the Falklands the wildlife around Port Howard is fearless and relatively abundant. Seals, penguins and numerous other birds can all be found within walking distance of the settlement.

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Getting There

Nearly all visitors to Port Howard arrive on a FIGAS flight, landing on a grassy runway which will almost certainly need to be cleared of sheep and other livestock.

There are also daily sailings from New Haven on East Falkland to Port Howard allowing easy access to Port Howard by road from Stanley.

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Getting Around

The settlement is tiny, so you will be able explore it on foot.

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Eat

Unless invited to somebody's home, you will get all your meals at the Lodge. Pack lunches are provided to travellers wishing to spend the entire day out.

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Drink

The Lodge has a small bar that works on an honour system.

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Sleep

  • Port Howard Lodge, ☏ +500 42187, ✉ porthowardlodge@horizon.co.fk. Located in the former farm manager's house, this lodge offers six double rooms and two single rooms. Four rooms have central heating, and all rooms have their own bathrooms.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Several hotels, as well as the visitor centre offer computers that accept Cable & Wireless internet cards and there are an increasing number of Wi-Fi hotspots.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

For all emergencies, including Police, Fire, Ambulance and Bomb Disposal, dial 999 free of charge.

The country code for dialling the Falklands is +500.

The local phone company, Cable & Wireless, sells phone cards which can be used throughout the territory but international calls cost £0.90 per minute. Broadband internet access now exists island-wide although speeds are much closer to dialup, 56 Kbps or less. Both phone and internet cards can be purchased from the Cable & Wireless office in Stanley (located on the hill past the War Memorial), as well as in some of the stores in town. The larger lodges will also sell phone cards and may have internet cards. More recently a GSM cell phone network has been made available but works only for Stanley, Mount Pleasant and a few other locations on East Falkland.

Post

The postal service in the Falklands is reliable and letters can be mailed easily from Stanley and most settlements. The main post office is located in Stanley town centre across from the FIC West store.

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