St Helena Island South Atlantic

posted 10th April 2019 by Danica Wilson in Destinations

St Helena Island

The secret of the South Atlantic

St Helena Island is most famous for being the place of Napoleon Bonaparte’s exile and death. It is part of the British Overseas Territory and an extremely remote volcanic outpost in the South Atlantic Ocean. This hidden gem offers big reward for those who venture there. It is the jewel of the Atlantic.

Its attraction comes in multiple forms, a rich diversity of heritage based attractions that are built and natural, rugged coastlines, waters abundant with marine life, endless walking trails, mountain peaks and rolling hills to quaint towns stuck in time. What are you waiting for?

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Why should I visit St Helena?

This tiny island packs a punch with its fascinating history and heritage, extensive diving and marine experiences, impressive birding not to mention nature, walking and hiking trails.

Here you can visit historically significant buildings, forts and monuments. Visitors can explore its outdoor paradise using the many walking and hiking trails through rolling hills and rugged coastlines.

For those who love diving, it is a mecca for whale sharks and home to historic wrecks.

It combines effortlessly with a South Africa holiday thanks to regular scheduled flights with South African Airways.

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Seven Wonders of

St Helena South Atlantic

Islanders last year created their own Seven Wonders of St Helena Island.  One of the most significant is swimming with Whale sharks. This is possible if you visit between January and March.

The whale sharks visit during this time as it is key to their reproduction in the Atlantic and central to the life cycle of the species.

Dive in and swim alongside these docile giants!

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What else is there

Saint Helena South Atlantic

St Helena Island is big on fun events throughout the year. There is an annual Carnival, Writers Retreats, Music Festivals, the Festival of Running 3 – 9 November and a beautiful Festival of Lights launching 20 December 2019.

A visit also allows you to meet the locals. They call themselves ‘Saints’ and they are proud of their remote island paradise.

Meet local foodie ‘Jack’ in the video below. 


When should I visit

St Helena Island

The best time to visit is in the summer months. The average temperatures are mid 20 degrees and there are long sunny days and low rainfall.  This time of year also coincides with the whale shark migration, the world’s largest fish species. Plus it is an ideal time to get your boots on and take to the spectacular walking and hiking trails.

November to January is the most popular time of year because it is the start of summer and the festive season kicks into gear.

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