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About St Helena

A view of St Helena from Sea.

St Helena is an amazing unique 47 square mile Island which is now becoming a popular hit for lots of visitors right now as the Island is no longer a remote South Atlantic Island but desired go to destination.

The Island of St Helena located in latitude 15.55° S and longitude 5.42° West.

The Island is approximately 950 miles South of the Equator, To the north the United Kingdom is 4,000 miles and Cape town is 1,700 miles away.   

The population is about 3,800. Around 1500 people reside in Jamestown.

Jamestown has its own harbour and Jamestown is the only town on the Island

For many years St Helena was almost unheard of accept for the subject of Napoleon Bonaparte and the odd of the bidden track journalist who would produce a newspaper article from the odd visit to the Island.

St Helena is a British overseas dependency and will soon be the focus for many as it has recently open its skies to civilian aircraft that will land at the the new airport.

St Helena is a very desirable place to live and work, St Helena is a safe and secure community. The highest point on St Helena is Diana’s Peak, the peak reaches 815m, there are no white sandy beaches, but one can enjoy peace and tranquillity in the Islands laid back lifestyle.

St Helena – What it offers

Swimming with Whale Sharks

The Island offers some great walks; a limited amount of cycling, amazing fishing, safe swimming and some water sports, the waters around St Helena offers an abundance of marine life.

The seas around St Helena can be rough around February and March. The local people on St Helena are very warm and welcoming; it will not take long for you to feel at home.

The Island is seeing changes due to the opening of its first Airport

The Island has only 120 miles of main highway road. The steepest road is the Sandy Bay Beach road. The widest road is in Half Tree Hollow. A new road which was known as the airport haul road runs from Rupert’s Bay to the new airport which is 14 km long.

The current population on Island is around 5000. The Island offers locally distilled spirits which are stilled at the St Helena distillery, along with Island coffee which is also excellent; the fishing, diving and eco boat trips are wonderful. Jacobs’s ladder is a grade one listed feature which was built by the royal engineers in 1871 has a total of 699 steps. The St Helena Museum is situated at the bottom Jacobs’s ladder. St Helena played an important role in the abolition of slavery. Over 9000 slaves were freed and repatriated.

More about St Helena

The famous astronomer Dr Halley visited the Island in 1676, from his observatory on the Island he witnessed the transit of Mercury over the Suns Disc. Yam was introduced to the Island in the 17th century, it was a chief food used by the slaves and it is still grown and eaten by the most of the Islanders today. The new St Helena Airport has been built on Prosperous Bay Plain. It is said that it took over twenty million tons of blasted rock to fill dry gut to accommodate the full length of the runway. The Management of Basil Read who were the Airport Build & Manage Company publicly recognised the contributions of the Saint Helenian workers who were engaged on the building of the airport.

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