Destination Information for Saint Helena
Saint Helena Island is among the most isolated countries in the world, situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and one of the most highly-populated UK territories in the Atlantic. The island was first discovered and occupied by the Portuguese in 1502, but came under British occupation during the 17th century. Saint Helena is famous as being the place to which Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled for six years until his death in 1821.
Saint Helena’s main city, Jamestown, is the entry point to the island for all visitors who arrive at The Wharf via Cape Town, South Africa. There is a completed airport on the East of the island, however, due to high winds, landing has proved to be difficult - plans for a passenger service are currently on hold.
The Main Street of Jamestown is known to be one of the world’s best examples of unspoilt Georgian architecture, and tourists should also be sure to visit the Museum of Saint Helena and the castle which was built by the British shortly after they took control of the island.
The island qualifies for ‘Gold Tier’ status from the International Dark Sky Association, making it a fabulous spot for stargazing thanks to its remote location and relatively pollution free skies.
If you’re exploring Saint Helena beyond Jamestown, you’ll find wonderful walking and hiking opportunities in the highlands at the island’s centre. Take a motorboat tour around the perimeter of the island, looking out for dolphins as you go!
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present in Saint Helena.