St Helena Island

The Island of St Helena, an overseas territory of the United Kingdom,  located in the South Atlantic Ocean, is of volcanic origin and has an area of 47 square miles. It is almost 5,000 miles from the UK, 700 miles southeast of Ascension Island, and 1,900 miles NNW from South Africa (Cape Town). The island’s total population is around 4,000, of whom about 900 live in the capital, Jamestown.

Its map coordinates are 5°45’00”W, 15°58’49”S

St. Helena is only 16 by 8 kilometres, or 121 square km, which makes it one of the world’s smallest inhabited islands.

The only access to the Island at present is by ship, the RMS St Helena, travelling from Capetown or Ascension Island. You will require a valid passport and under normal circumstances  will be granted an entry permit for a period of three months. Of course you must have a return ticket and pre-booked accommodation.

St Helena does not have a Daylight Saving Time and all times are GMT.

Being in the Southern Hemisphere, our summer runs from March, but because of its tropical similarity, the Island does not really have drastically changing seasons .  January-March seems to be the “hotter” months and it becomes cooler in June-September but the difference is not great. The weather however is quite unusual and whilst it can be sunny on one side of the Island, it could be raining on the other. Temperatures can reach 34° on a sunny day, though although reasonable cooled by the wind, a South East Trade Wind. Wind speeds range from 10-20mph and temperatures from 20°-27°.