Saint Helena Island is a remote and captivating destination located in the South Atlantic Ocean.
Known for its stunning natural beauty and historical significance, with its dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, and lush valleys, Saint Helena provides a picturesque setting for outdoor exploration and adventure. The island's location provides opportunities for unforgettable marine wildlife encounters.
The perfect Family Getaway!
This destination is not just for scuba divers but for snorkelers, freedivers and non-divers as well, with numerous activities to do in between dives.
April / May / June 2024
Next group trip: 20 - 27 April 2024
| Price: From R 25 500 pp sharing
Non-Diver: From R 19 300 pp sharing
(Excluding flights - Approx. R17,000.00 JNB – HLE Return)
The island's history is deeply intertwined with the famous exile of Napoleon Bonaparte, and visitors can still explore the sites associated with his time on the island. Saint Helena Island is also renowned for its warm and welcoming community, making it an inviting place to immerse oneself in the island's charm and hospitality.
Most diving is on the sheltered side of the island, with long shallow (10-20m deep) rocky reefs, very little tide or current (water temperature ranges 18-25 degrees C), masses of different fish, lots of interesting macro life, great wrecks and the potential to see some of the world’s most amazing large marine animals both above and underwater.
Optional Diving Extras:
|SATURDAY||Depart from Johannesburg on your Airlink flight to Jamestown, St Helena Island. Transfer from the airport.||Check-in at The Blue Lantern|
|SUNDAY||08:30 Double Dive||BBQ at The Dive Club|
|MONDAY||08:30 Double Dive||Afternoon at leisure - Jamestown|
|TUESDAY||Island Tour with Blue Lantern (includes visiting Plantation House and Jonathan the tortoise)|
|WEDNESDAY||08:30 Double Dive||Hike to Peak Dale/Blue Point|
|THURSDAY||08:30 Double Dive||Afternoon Fish Fry at the Dive Club|
|FRIDAY||Visit the Distillery||Optional Go-Karting (£20.00pp) or Afternoon at leisure|
|SATURDAY||Check out and transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg South Africa.|
The Blue Lantern Hotel
The Hotel is just a 3-minute walk from the seaside and the Dive Shed. Below the Hotel, there's a Restaurant and a fully licensed bar. Fully fitted en suite rooms with a communal lounge and DSTV.
- Fully fitted en suite rooms
- Tea/coffee-making facilities, and in-room safe
- Remote controlled fan
- Communal lounge and DSTV
- Vanity dresser with mirror
- Guest laundry service
The island's location provides opportunities for unforgettable marine wildlife encounters and makes it a fascinating destination for nature enthusiasts and divers. Saint Helena offers a wide variety of diving for all levels of experience. This trip is not just for scuba divers but for snorkelers, freedivers and non-divers as well.
Explore many different wrecks in water so crystal clear that you can see them from the surface. The seas around St. Helena Island are teeming with diverse fish species, including groupers, parrotfish, jacks, snappers, and many more. An array of marine megafaunas such as manta rays, whale sharks, lots of dolphins, green turtles and more can be encountered here as well as lots of interesting macro life too. The island's waters contain vibrant hard and soft coral reefs.
- Yellowfin tuna, dorado, wahoo, snapper, grouper fish
- Colourful nudibranchs
- Various old and fascinating shipwrecks
- Lemon sharks, blacktip sharks, reef sharks, and stingrays
- Whale sharks and dolphins on surface intervals and underwater
- St. Helena Island is an important breeding ground for seabirds such as boobies, terns, petrels, and the endemic St. Helena plover.
St Helena boasts unparalleled adventure, impeccable beauty and unrefined nature. With ancient wrecks, giant stairways, great forts, natural wonders and extraordinary walks, the world within this exclusive landscape is a world apart from anywhere else. Journey through 500 years of history. Experience the flavoursome culture and cuisine, rub shoulders with the oldest living land creature in the world or snorkel with the incredible seasonal whale sharks.
Whale Shark Tours
Adult whale sharks make yearly trips to St Helena between January and April. In the last 3 years, they have recorded daily numbers ranging between 15 and 20 of our coastlines. This is a must-do trip for any visitor to St Helena.
Dolphin Watching Tours
You can join dolphin trips all year round, it is likely that you could see dolphin pods with up to 400 – 600 dolphins. The most popular dolphin species found around St Helena are pan-tropical, bottlenose and rough-tooth species.
Why not take a leisure cruise along the spectacular coast of St Helena and watch the magnificent sunsets, view the amazing birds and if you are lucky you could see our seasonal humpback whales, if not you are almost guaranteed to see dolphins swimming off into the sunset. Offering refreshments on board which is available on request or feel free to supply your own for the trip of a lifetime.
The walks are designed by the St Helena Nature Conservation Group (SHNCG) as an opportunity to access and enjoy the wide variety of landscapes, natural and man-made heritage of the Island. The distance of the 21 walks falls between 1.5 km – 12 km, and the time taken falls between 1hr 15 mins – 3 hrs 30 mins.
History & Heritage Tours
The island’s remote location meant it was used as a place of exile for key prisoners, including some 6,000 Boers, King Dinuzulu, Bahraini princes and Napoleon, who died on St Helena. The island also played an important role during the abolition of slavery. St Helena’s heritage provides a significant legacy of fortifications, remains, historic buildings, and what has been described as “the quintessential Atlantic port” – Jamestown. In the capital of Jamestown, several buildings are listed because of their historic importance while Main Street has been described as ‘one of the best examples of unspoiled Georgian architecture anywhere in the world.
The Peaks National Park
Visit the Peaks National Park which is home to the remnants of an ancient cloud forest. It holds approximately 250 species that are found nowhere else on Earth. It offers a unique wilderness experience in an area that has been voted one of St Helena’s ‘Seven Wonders’.
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