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Diving in Saint Helena

An island away from it all, Saint Helena offers visitors a wonderful array of dives. Widely regarded as the most remote island in the world, be one of the few to explore these depths.

Diving in Saint Helena

Quick facts

You can expect warm, mild temperatures throughout the year, as well as exceptional visibility. Rain, however, makes quite an appearance in June and July, so it’s best to avoid diving during this time because of the runoff from the mainland.

The most famous dives on Saint Helena are the two wrecks found off the mainland. Papanui, the wreck of a coal ship, is located in shallow water. Dark Dale was sunk during WWII, and you have an excellent shot of running across large pelagics like tuna and grouper. Sometimes, whale sharks even make an appearance, an unbelievable bonus.

Around Saint Helena there are plenty of small islands to see. Thompson’s Valley Island has spellbinding volcanic caves, carved thousands of years ago. Strange creatures reside in the caves, making for some interesting sightings.

When to go

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What to see

Expect to see rare and bizarre marine life, in addition to your favorites. Manta rays often school here, sometimes in vast numbers. Whale sharks are also a common sight, relaxing in the warm waters. Certain fish, ten species, in fact, are found only in the waters around Saint Helena. Keep an eye out for these special denizens of the deep.


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Far out in the Atlantic, Saint Helena is as isolated as it comes. Nearly 2500 miles (4000 kilometers) from the nearest land, the island was never inhabited by native people.

When discovered by the Portuguese in 1502, they were astounded to find a fertile island with abundant fresh water. They brought in livestock, but never established a permanent town. Since then, Saint Helena became a stopping off point for ships en route across the sea. The English settled the island in 1659, bringing with them slaves and soldiers.

Jamestown still remains, and most of the nearly 4,500 people living on the island are the descendants of slaves and settlers, alike.

Other attractions

Climb the tantalizing Jacob’s Ladder, an ascension that heads up to give you breathtaking views of the city. Huffing and puffing, you will be amazed at the panoramic vista, certainly worth the hike. Another spot to stop during your time in Saint Helena is the grave of Napoleon Bonaparte. Exiled here, he spent his final days on the island. Not so bad of an end, really.

Getting there

There is only one way to get to Saint Helena is via the RMS Helena, departing from Cape Town, South Africa. This lovely ride doesn’t come cheap, though there is economy accommodation available to those on a stricter budget.


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