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Destination Information for Ascension
Ascension Island was discovered by the Portuguese in 1501. Located in the Atlantic ocean, just south of the equator, it remains an uninhabited island, which is administered by the UK territory of St Helena, its closest neighbour some 700 miles away. The arid island has no indigenous people and very little vegetation except on higher ground, although it benefits from warm tropical weather all year round and a rainy season from January-April. Ascension has been important in military history, having been used as a base and airfield for various US and UK forces.
Visiting the island’s beaches for swimming, fishing and relaxation is one of the main tourist draws of Ascension. Wildlife fans also take great delight in viewing the nesting sea turtles. If you’re into hiking, you can explore some of the island’s lush highlands and mountainous regions, where you’ll be rewarded by spectacular views around the island. Adventurous explorers of Ascension should also make sure to visit the country’s natural lava caves – but don’t forget to take a torch!
Infections and Outbreaks frequently change from country to country and by attending our clinics you will be given the most up to date clinical and safety advice from our team of specialists. Our advice to you often includes aspects such as:
- Food and water hygiene
- Insect and animal bite avoidances
- Personal safety
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Sun protection
- Altitude sickness
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present in Ascension.
Additional Health Risks Information for Ascension
There is a good level of healthcare provision on Ascension Island, but you will need to ensure you have adequate travel insurance as it is not free to visitors, even though the island is a British Overseas Territory. There is a small hospital for routine or minor injuries or illnesses, but this cannot treat major issues. If you need to take prescription medicine, you should bring a supply for the duration of your trip, as you may not be able to access the same drugs while abroad.
Many people visit Ascension for the beautiful beaches and for swimming and diving. Be aware that there is not a decompression facility or rescue service on the island, so you should only dive if you are extremely competent or with a qualified instructor.