St Helena was once known to be one of the most isolated Islands in the world. The Island which is located in the South Atlantic Ocean is already seeing a change as it has just opened its first airport.
St Helena is British and forms part of the overseas territory which became popular for its exile of Napoleon Bonaparte in the early 1800’s. The Island has a unique flora and fauna and its un-spoilt countryside the rugged terrain is exceptional for hiking walking or mountain biking.
The highest point on the island which is Diana’s Peak, reaches 815m and the island also offers an abundance of fishing as well as snorkeling and excellent diving. The climate is tropical with the average temperatures between 17C-24C in winter and 21C-28C in summer and rainfall is low.
The economic climate is changing quickly and business opportunities to support this historical change are here. The seven wonders of the island are, Jacobs Ladder, Heart Shaped Waterfall, Napoleons Tomb, St James Church, Napoleon’s House, Dianna’s Peak National Park, High Knoll Fort and Jonathon the Tortoise, the oldest inhabitant. The waters around St Helena have abundance in marine life. The shipwrecks around St Helena are declared protected areas.
Spearfishing whilst using scuba is prohibitive and you could be fined up to five thousand-pound Stirling if caught. Spearfishing by free diving is allowed but a closed season is enforced from January to March. The seas around St Helena are normally rough around February and sometimes March.
In February 1846 the worst case of rough seas was recorded. 18 slave ships were driven up on to the beach in James Bay.
The Island has around 120 miles of main highway road. The steepest road is Sandy Bay Beach road. The widest road is in Half Tree Hollow.
A new road which was known as the airport haul road runs from Rupert’s Bay to the airport which is 14km long.
The current population on the island is around 4500 in 2016. During the Boer War in South Africa, 6000 Boer prisoners were imprisoned on the island History states that St Helena was discovered by a Portuguese navigator Juan De Nova Castella in 1502. Legend say that the Phoenicians was here first, because of an anchoring system only unique to Phoenicians was found on the seabed around St Helena by some divers. However, this was never followed up.
Endemic species found only on St Helena include spider’s ferns and the St Helena Wirebird. Parking in Jamestown is limited; there is also a limited bus service that only runs during the daytime
Shop opening hours are from 9am-5pm six days week, some shops close on Wednesday afternoon some shops opens on a Sunday for half a day.
There are locally distilled spirits which are stilled in the St Helena distillery. Along with Island coffee which is also excellent; the fishing, diving and eco boat trips are wonderful.
Jacobs’s ladder is a grade 1 listed feature which was built by the royal engineers in 1871 has a total of 699 steps. The St Helena Museum is situated at the bottom Jacobs’s ladder. The museum will also provide a certificate to a tourist who completes the climb.
St Helena played an important role in the abolition of slavery. Over 9000 slaves were freed and repatriated
The famous astronomer Dr Halley visited the island in 1676, from his observatory on the island he witness the transit of Mercury over the Suns disc.
Yam 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.
The new St Helena airport is been 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.
The new St Helena Airport is now open for business and we are open for business and we welcome commercial flights and if you are thinking about visiting us please stop by the St Helena Directory to find your ideal local connection to owners direct