Saint Helena Overview
A relatively unvisited island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and yet one of the most populated of the UK’s South Atlantic territories, Saint Helena seems a paradox. Known most commonly as being the final exile destination for Napoleon after Elba proved to be not quite desolate and removed enouth, the island is the governing headquarters for the other island in the area: Ascension, Tristan da Cunha, Gough Island, as well as Inaccessible Island and the Nightingale Islands.
Saint Helena is not a destination for the new traveler. An amazingly beautiful island, it is nevertheless so remote that the only way in or out is by boat. Everything on the island is brought in via the same boats that bring people in. As a result, prices can be a bit expensive. It also means getting here can be a bit of a hassle for the uninitiated. It also means that, as a result of its relatively middle-of-nowhere location, accommodations and transport will be minimal at best.
Saint Helena is a destination for those who want to absolutely get away from it all for a few weeks to a few months. The island is surrounded by natural beauty, from the Central Peaks to the Clifford Arboretum and the famous Plantation House, home to Napoleon during his final days. It is also home to the oldest known vertebrae on earth, a Seychelles tortoise named Jonathan who lives here with a few others.
In addition to the natural beauty of the island, which includes plenty of hiking trails and beaches to enjoy, is the British colonial remnants. From The Castle, built in 1659 and currently the seat of the government, to the Gardens or the Fortifications built across the mouth of the James Valley where you can still see the English East India Company coat of arms, there is a lot to see. And while definitely off the beaten path, and relatively unvisited due to its lack of an airport and tourist facilities, Saint Helena is nevertheless worth going to if having an undisturbed island adventure is on your agenda.