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St Helena
on St. Helena, Lesser Antilles

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St Helena

St. Helena is a small island in the Lesser Antilles, located in the Caribbean Sea. It is part of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. St. Helena is a volcanic island that is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. The island is about 10.5 miles long and 5 miles wide and is located about 1,200 miles east of the coast of South America.

The island’s first inhabitants were the Arawak people, who settled the island around 500 BC. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to discover the island in 1502, naming it after Saint Helena of Constantinople. The Dutch, French, and British all laid claim to the island in the 17th century and it eventually became a British possession.

St. Helena is best known for being the place where Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled in 1815 after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. During his exile, Napoleon lived in Longwood House, a residence built for him by the British government.

Today, St. Helena is a popular tourist destination, with visitors coming to explore its unique history and culture. The island is home to several historical sites, including the Longwood House, the Governor’s House, and the Napoleon Museum. In addition to its historical sites, St. Helena is also home to several stunning beaches, lush forests, and rugged mountains.

The island is also home to a vibrant cultural scene, with many festivals and events taking place throughout the year. The island’s main industries are tourism and fishing, and it is also home to a number of small businesses. St. Helena is a beautiful and unique destination, with a diverse history and culture that are sure to captivate visitors.

Excursion tips for a day in St Helena

As a tourist on the remote island of St Helena in the Lesser Antilles, there are a number of activities to enjoy in a single day. Here are some ideas:

1. Visit the historic Jamestown - St Helena's capital city and the oldest continuously-inhabited English town in the New World.

2. Take a guided tour of Longwood House, the home of Napoleon Bonaparte during his exile.

3. Explore the High Peak Trail, a spectacular hiking trail with stunning views of the island and its rugged landscape.

4. Spend some time in the local markets, browsing the souvenirs and fresh produce on offer.

5. Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the island's many restaurants.

6. Take a boat ride around the island to admire its rugged coastline and spot some of the local wildlife.

7. Visit the St Helena National Trust, where you can learn more about the island's history and culture.

8. Stop by the St Helena Museum to explore the island's past and its people.

9. Take a dip in the crystal clear waters of the island's many beaches.

10. Enjoy a relaxing evening at one of the island's many bars and pubs.

Experience St Helena with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit St Helena. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in St Helena

St Helena experiences a tropical climate throughout the year with temperatures averaging between 24-32°C. The dry season runs from December to April, with average temperatures slightly higher than the wet season from May to November. The wet season brings more rainfall but temperatures remain warm and humid. The island is also subject to tropical storms and hurricanes from June to October, but these are generally short-lived and rarely cause much damage. In general, the climate is sunny and pleasant all year round, making it an ideal destination for those looking for a tropical getaway.

Cruise weather for St Helena

Our weather forecast for St Helena helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jun. 25th 2024 Jun. 25th 2024 max: 21.7 °C
min: 21.2 °C
40.0 m/s
43.2 m/s
23.4 %
24.1 m
79.1 %
1,019 hPa
Jun. 26th 2024 Jun. 26th 2024 max: 21.8 °C
min: 21.2 °C
35.6 m/s
38.5 m/s
50.7 %
24.1 m
75.9 %
1,017 hPa
Jun. 27th 2024 Jun. 27th 2024 max: 21.4 °C
min: 20.7 °C
24.8 m/s
25.6 m/s
92.1 %
24.1 m
73.6 %
1,016 hPa
Jun. 28th 2024 Jun. 28th 2024 max: 21.5 °C
min: 20.5 °C
23.8 m/s
24.8 m/s
95.5 %
24.1 m
71.3 %
1,017 hPa
Jun. 29th 2024 Jun. 29th 2024 max: 21.4 °C
min: 20.3 °C
23.8 m/s
24.5 m/s
83.2 %
24.1 m
69.4 %
1,018 hPa
Jun. 30th 2024 Jun. 30th 2024 max: 21.1 °C
min: 20.5 °C
25.9 m/s
27.0 m/s
75.0 %
24.1 m
67.4 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 1st 2024 Jul. 1st 2024 max: 21.3 °C
min: 20.7 °C
27.0 m/s
28.1 m/s
35.3 %
24.1 m
69.5 %
1,020 hPa
Jul. 2nd 2024 Jul. 2nd 2024 max: 21.1 °C
min: 20.8 °C
30.6 m/s
32.8 m/s
14.9 %
24.1 m
72.8 %
1,020 hPa
Jul. 3rd 2024 Jul. 3rd 2024 max: 21.5 °C
min: 20.7 °C
37.4 m/s
40.3 m/s
24.5 %
24.1 m
72.7 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 4th 2024 Jul. 4th 2024 max: 21.2 °C
min: 20.7 °C
40.3 m/s
43.6 m/s
74.6 %
24.1 m
73.3 %
1,020 hPa
Jul. 5th 2024 Jul. 5th 2024 max: 21.3 °C
min: 20.6 °C
34.6 m/s
37.4 m/s
73.3 %
24.1 m
73.7 %
1,021 hPa
Jul. 6th 2024 Jul. 6th 2024 max: 21.0 °C
min: 20.4 °C
39.2 m/s
42.5 m/s
71.1 %
24.1 m
75.1 %
1,022 hPa
Jul. 7th 2024 Jul. 7th 2024 max: 21.0 °C
min: 20.2 °C
39.2 m/s
44.3 m/s
89.4 %
24.1 m
73.6 %
1,021 hPa
Jul. 8th 2024 Jul. 8th 2024 max: 20.6 °C
min: 19.8 °C
40.0 m/s
44.6 m/s
97.0 %
24.1 m
75.9 %
1,021 hPa

Cruises to St Helena

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Scheduled ship calls in St Helena, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
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