Saint Helena Island


St Helena is one of the remotest islands in the world, lying in the South Atlantic Ocean. (It was for this remoteness that Napoleon was exiled there back in 1815).But it is a place of unique character and unspoilt beauty. How-ever it feels a tiny closer now with the revival of the weekly flight from South Africa.

It is sub-tropical paradise where the mountainous landscape and unusual micro-climates has created a diversity of terrain and flora. The landscape includes steep, multi-coloured ridges, bronze volcanic rock, golden beaches and lush vegetation. all easily visited as nothing is ever more than 20 mins drive away.

Indeed Saint Helena is the perfect place for active exploration with its spectacular natural scenery, centuries-old military fortifications and graceful buildings.

An old-world charm engulfs the island with stron centuries-old traditions. This small British island territory is one of the most extraordinary places you can visit. On the one hand, cricket played on the Francis Plain and the welcoming pubs remind you of its British heritage. Yet exotic flowers on the roadside, coffee beans ripening in the sun, and a relaxed approach to life, make you aware that you are in a different world.

More on the Island in our Introductory blog


Why you may love it

  • Probably the most remote place in the world you'll ever visit
  • Best place in the world to view whale sharks (via diving or snorkelling) in season
  • Amazing marine life to enjoy on boat cruises
  • Stunning hiking trails from easy to more challenging
  • Explore the history of Napoleon
  • Visit the world’s old mammal at the Plantation House

When to visit Saint Helena Island

Saint Helena Climate

No major climatic differences

Despite being in the Tropics, the Saint Helena climate is mid and equable due to the influence of the South-east trade winds. These winds mean that the weather is changeable so that a dull morning can often lead to a bright sunny afternoon. There are no real changes in the seasons in St Helena so you can visit any time. It is ever so slightly cooler in the daytime in the winter and spring months of July to October, but the minimum temperatures remain high throughout the year. It is generally fairly dry from August to February with some more rain from March to July with July being the wettest month.
MAX TEMP 22 to 27 C
MIN TEMP 18 to 22 C

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Did you know
  • DivingBest place in the world to dive or snorkel with Whale sharks
  • HistoryNapoleon Bonaparte was exiled here, never to return