Why visit St Helena in 2018?
Because you can! The remote island of St Helena began an exciting chapter in October 2017 when we welcomed the first commercial air service, opening up the world’s newest tourism destination accessible by air; Here are a few other reasons to visit St Helena Island in 2018…
Swim with whale sharks
Those who have dreamt of swimming with whale sharks in St Helena’s waters will have already booked their flights to visit in January or February. We have begun to spot our large visitors over the past weeks and anticipate seeing the large party of adult male and female whale sharks swimming in James Bay in the New Year. During high season, boat operators offer daily trips for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Dive in a Marine Protected Area
The summer months following January bring clear waters ideal for diving. Anyone venturing into the depths can marvel at the wonders of the pristine South Atlantic waters, home to 10 endemic fish. Numerous wreck dives are also available, a must for PADI divers. A 200 nautical mile maritime zone in the seas around St Helena Island was designated a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in 2016.
See humpback whales or tackle a Post Box walk
Not one for the island summer? Our cooler months of August and September bring humpback whales as they travel past with their calves. The colder months are also a great time to take in a walk, or twenty one; with our Post Box walks there’s something for everyone, even the children will enjoy an afternoon in the country with nothing but the vast greenery.
Step back in time
History buffs will enjoy walking in the steps of some huge historical figures including Napoleon Bonaparte, Edmond Halley, Neville Maskelyne, Captain James Cook, the Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley and Charles Darwin.
Island events to look forward to in 2018
St Helena Environmental Conference (January – February)
Farewell to the RMS St Helena (February)
Marine Awareness (March)
Festival of Walking (10-17 March)
Napoleon’s Moment de Memoire (4 May)
St Helena Day (21 May)
Cancer Awareness Month (October)
Festival of Running (November)
Cruise Ships visiting in 2018
MV Boudicca 16 February 2018
MV Silver Cloud 2 – 3 April 2018
MV Astor 5 April 2018
MS Europa 2 28 October 2018
MV Amadea 5 November 2018
MV The World 10 – 12 December 2018