Easily managed from day one. The Travel Local website was easy to manage and communications with the local travel agents was excellent. Every stage of our quite complicated trip was perfectly run and we were met, escorted, flown or sailed to wherever we were supposed to be with the minimum of fuss and no worries on our part. The food everywhere was excellent and even though we missed most "smokos" or afternoon tea and cakes, because we were out chatting with penguins etc, we still put on weight. A perfect experience.
Brilliant holiday organised by Margaret and her team, were so supportive and efficient. Our stays on Carcass Island and Sea Lion Island and visit to West Point Island are hard to describe because they were filled with wonder. The animals and birds are completely unafraid of humans and in most cases can be approached very closely for photographs and observation. Elephant seals and orcas to be treated with caution though! Friendly people, wonderful nature and endless oohs and aahs. Couldn't beat it. The tussock birds are liable to settle on you and the striated cara caras are very curious and will pinch your belongings if you are not careful.
We had no particular guides as we walked by ourselves in most destinations. Those that transported us by boat, plane or 4x4 from place to place were without exception efficient, pleasant and well informed.
Start planning at least a year in advance as the little islands with the best wildlife have very limited accommodation. Make sure you take lots of camera cards. Be prepared for extreme windy, cold and wet weather even in summer.
The wildlife was so unconcerned with us it felt as if humans had never set foot there. Often we were the only humans to be seen and the absence of human made noise was very refreshing.