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!
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present in Ascension.