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By No owner — last modified Oct 16, 2017 04:33 PM

 Ascension Island - General Info

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Yachting Essentials

Electricity

240v standard voltage ashore.

Fuel

The situation with fuel (both petrol and diesel) is currenly very uncertain as the main supplier (Solomons) is planning to withdraw its fuel services from the island. (May 2017).

Currently, there is a fuel station 2 miles outside Georgetown.

Water

Water is limited and metered. A tap is available at the pierhead. Toilets and showers are in the facilities block, also at the pierhead.

LPG

No LPG for cooking is available on the island.

Marine Spares

A range of hardware items can be found at the AIG Stores near the pierhead.

Money

Pound sterling (£).

USD ($) are also accepted.

Visitors should note that credit cards are not in general use on the island. There are limited banking facilities offered by the Bank of St Helena and the Government Cash Office.

There are no ATMs on the island.

Communications

International dialing code for Ascension Island is +247.

Sure (ex. Cable & Wireless) now offers 2G and 4G LTE mobile network. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased in their office in Georgetown. Data bundles are available and reception (internet usage) is now possible on board. 4G internet is very fast, but expensive compared to other countries and cheaper than WiFi hot spots on island if it is not used for large data transfers.

Your SIM card from St. Helena, if topped-up and a data bundle purchased on St. Helena, can be used on Ascension Island under the same conditions (no roaming surcharge), which makes for a very practical solution without first needing to visit the mobile operator's office.

However, SIM cards from St. Helena cannot be topped-up on Ascension Island, so top up before you leave St. Helena.

Alternatively you will need to buy a new SIM card on Ascension Island.

Last updated May 2016.

Transport

Note: Except for emergency Medivac flights, the runway on Ascension Island is out of service. This also affects flights to St Helena as normally, flights to there stop to re-fuel at Acsension.

The runway is maintained by the US government and currently there is no information as to when, or whether, it will be repaired.

Last updated May 2017.

Diplomatic Missions

Ascension Island Embassies
British Embassy, Washington DC, United States: +1 202 588 6500
British High Commission, Ottawa, Canada: +1 613 237 1530
British High Commission, Canberra, Australia: +61 (0)2 6270 6666
British High Commission, Pretoria, South Africa: +27 (0)12 421 7500
British Embassy, Dublin, Ireland: +353 (0)1 205 3700
British High Commission, Wellington, New Zealand: +64 (0)4 924 2888

Emergencies

Emergency numbers for Ascension have now changed, there is now only one emergency number as in the UK it is '999' (February 2014).

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

South Atlantic Circuit
By Tom Morgan
Publisher:Imray (1st Edn 2002)
ISBN 9789541900338
This is the comprehensive reference work for anyone wishing to travel the South Atlantic Ocean and explore the fascinating coastlines of Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, the South Atlantic Islands, South Africa and Namibia. It includes strategies winds, currents and routes around the South Atlantic and communications etc. There is also pilotage for major destinations.

South Atlantic Islands
Free download from the RCC Pilotage Foundation Website
By Pete Hill (2010)

Ascension Island Tourist Information Office
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Ascension-island-tourism
Ascension Island: remote South Atlantic
SV Totem's report of their visit here March/April 2016 has some great photos and good commentary on what not to miss.

Update History

April 2017: Formalities and other information updated from RCCPF.
May 2016: Communications information updated by Anton Kosi of SY Mala.
February 2016: Formalities checked.
May 2015: Publications checked.
February 2014: Updated with information from Toni Bendall, Tourism Development Officer.
March 2013: All formalities checked/updated.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Blackie
Blackie says:
Oct 05, 2017 09:59 PM

After a short 7 day sail up from St Helena, we arrived at Ascension. We had pre-applied for permits to visit as this is basically a joint military base for the British and American forces and part of the British Overseas Territories.

Once we arrived and set our anchors, we had to wait 4 days for the swell to calm down before we could get to land. The pier landing is small and fairly dangerous when there is a swell and currents – never mind the Galapagos sharks that always seen to lurk around the landing.
Link to attacks www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/27/second-shark-attack-three-months-ascension-island

The volcanic landscape is a sight to see as well as the area up at the higher altitudes of Green Mountain. We hired a car from the Obsidian Hotel (but see notes below) to do a day’s sightseeing and lunch at the Two Boats club.

Friends of ours also sailed to Ascension in September 2017 and they said that they would probably be the last tourists that are allowed to come to the island as it was “closing down” …. No more cars or accommodation & meals at the hotel etc. Will have wait for a more complete update on the situation and hopefully their official website information is also updated.

AscensionTourism
AscensionTourism says:
Feb 25, 2014 02:53 PM

For information on visiting Ascension Island please contact the Ascension Island Tourist Information Office on tourism@ascension.gov.ac they will be able to provide information on entry permits, light dues, services and facilities, car hire, tours and much much more.
Further information also available on the website www.ascension-island.gov.ac and the facebook page www.facebook.com/Ascension-island-tourism

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