St Helena is a beautiful unique Island with a land mass of only 47 square mile and is becoming a popular hit for lots of viewers on social media right now. The Island is about to be transformed from a remote South Atlantic Island to a desired go to destination. The Island will see a dramatic change that comes with a new Airport which officially opened in May 2016.
For many years St Helena was almost unheard of accept for the subject of Napoleon Bonaparte and off the beaten track journalist who would produce a newspaper article from the odd visit to the Island. The current population on the Island is around 4500.
The new St Helena Airport was 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 Islands runway. In recent media Basil Read bosses recognizes contributions of the Saint Helenian workers engaged on the building of the airport. It is hoped that the Airport will boost the island’s economy and bring lots more jobs for the locals once the airport is up and running smoothly.
St Helena is a British overseas dependency and with open skies policies to civilian aircraft the new airport will soon be the focus for many. St Helena is a very desirable place to live and work and it has a safe and secured 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 Island’s laid back lifestyle. The Island offers some great walks; a limited amount of cycling, fishing, safe swimming in the sea and some water sports, the seas around St Helena offers an abundance of marine life, though is normally 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 has only 120 miles of road consisting of mainly steep winding roads, Sandy Bay Beach road is the steepest and would be a challenge for most visitors and islanders alike. On most narrow roads drivers coming down the steep slopes must give way to those drivers coming up to enable safe passing.
The Island offers locally distilled spirits which are stilled at the St Helena distillery, along with Island coffee which is also excellent and is said to be the best tasting coffee in the world, The fishing, diving and eco boat trips are also wonderful. Jacobs’s ladder is a grade one listed structure which was built by the royal engineers in 1871 has a total of 699 steps a must climb for all visitors. The St Helena Museum is situated at the bottom of Jacobs’s ladder.
St Helena played an important role in the abolition of slavery. Slavers ships were intercepted and captured by the British Navy on the open seas in the South Atlantic Ocean, the slaves were brought ashore in St Helena and cared for. “Yam” which is a tropical plant 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. Over 9000 slaves were freed and repatriated from St Helena.
The famous astronomer Dr Halley visited the Island in 1676, from his observatory on the Island he observed and documented the transit of Mercury over the Suns disc. If you would like to know anything else about our Island please feel free to ask questions in our forum and if you are thinking of visiting the Island you can also find local business listings here for Hotels, rental cars and self-catering on the Island.