Suggested Tours for St Helena
Discover Saint Helena
- Visit the High Knoll Fort
- Stay in Jamestown
- Reach Flagg Staff for sweeping panoramas
- Travel by boat around St Helena's coast
Express St Helena
- Explore this remote island at your own pace
- Keep an eye out for the superb birdlife
- Take a boat out to see the phenomenal marine life
- Explore the history and culture of this unique destination
Rainbow St Helena Specialist
With untouched volcanic landscapes, forested mountains descending to subtropical interiors and craggy coastlines, collectively boasting superb biodiversity, this is a destination with huge potential for adventure and off-the-beaten-track travel experiences. Up until recently, weekly flights year-round have meant that visitors must spend at least a week on the island. With twice-weekly flights now being introduced during the summer months, we still believe that St Helena is well deserving of at least a week’s stay, but the increased flight frequency can give you more flexibility with your travel dates.
Candice's Top Tips
- If you want to spot whale sharks, make sure you plan your trip during their nearby migration season, between January and March.
- When in the district of St Pauls, tour Plantation House to spot the island’s most iconic resident; a 187 years old, Seychelles giant tortoise called Jonathan.
- St Helena offers visitors the opportunity to see a variety of birds such as the endemic St Helena plover (Wirebird) and White or fairy tern.
Best Time To Visit St Helena
Quick Country Facts
Why visit St Helena?
The island’s superb biodiversity and untouched landscapes have long attracted a handful of savvy travellers and keen wildlife enthusiasts who could only reach St Helena by taking a five day voyage by boat from Cape Town. In 2017, the first commercial flights commenced operation flying once weekly, from Johannesburg and via Windhoek to reach the Island. Recently, mid-week flights have also begun operating, offering more flexibility for your St Helena holiday.
Culture & History
Though only small, St Helena plays a big part in world history. Found by Portuguese explorers in 1502, it became a Dutch possession initially, and then British. It was a vitally important port of call during the development of the British Empire and remains a significant retainer of colonial history.
Being so secluded, the island was also used as a place of exile for particularly problematic prisoners, including approximately 6,000 Boers, the famous figure of King Dinuzulu and Napoleon, who died on the island in 1821.
Crystal clear, sun-touched waters provide the perfect conditions for snorkelling and scuba diving. The nature of the nearby dive sites vary, from rugged reefs and enclosed caves, to smooth cobbles and sand, though the wealth of opportunities to meet magnificent wildlife remains the same across all sites.
Sea temperatures range from 66 to 75°F (19 to 25°C) and visibility can range from 16 to 130 feet (5 to 40m). For peak visibility, it’s best to visit from December to May. Dives vary between 40 and 130 feet (5 to 30m+) and o?er a range of diving opportunities.
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