Day 5, 6 & 7:
South Georgia: Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour, Grytviken, Cooper Bay & Moltke Harbour
Our aim today is to visit some of the world's top king penguin rookeries. This time of year you have a good chance of seeing these animals nesting on eggs, with their chicks nearby. The rookeries are sometimes overflowing, with penguins traveling to and from the beach. Possible visits in this region include:
Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour - Here you can see not only the massive king penguin colony, but also elephant seals and limitless fur seal pups playing in the surf. Prion Island - This is a great location to watch for wandering albatrosses.
Grytviken - We also have the opportunity to check out this abandoned whaling station, where king penguins walk the streets and elephant seals lie around like they own the place - because they basically do! You might also see the South Georgia Museum as well as Shackleton's grave here.
Cooper Bay - This is a fine place for a Zodiac cruise, and this bay also houses a rookery of macaroni penguins. King penguins, pintails, and giant petrels may also appear here.
Moltke Harbour - Located in Royal Bay, this scenic spot gives you the chance to see the huge king penguin colony that lives here.