This popular excursion from Stanley boasts the largest king-penguin colony in the Falklands, where the photogenic kings are at the northern limit of their range. King penguins were reported here in the early 18th century, but by the late 1800s they had been virtually wiped out in the exploitation of the Falklands’ wildlife. The first return of king penguins to the beach was recorded in 1933, but by 1967 there were just 15 breeding pairs. Since then the numbers have steadily grown, and the most recent count found more than 500 breeding pairs. There’s also a small but growing colony on Saunders Island.
Large colonies of gentoos (850 pairs) and Magellanics (several hundred pairs) also inhabit Volunteer Beach, and during the summer Falklands Conservation posts a warden here. In February, the pale pink and very sweet teaberries that grow near the beach ripen and can be eaten fresh.