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By No owner — last modified Sep 08, 2017 11:41 PM

 St Helena - Profile

Facts

  • The island of St Helena lies halfway between Africa and South America. It is part of a British Overseas Territory, (nowadays called St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha), under the sovereignty of the British Crown.
  • St. Helena has only one harbour suitable for yachts. It is called James Bay and now benefits from a new field of  mooring buoys. Rupert's Bay, lying 1km NE of the moorings, is not available to yachts as the planned pier there is for cargo.
  • Most of the coast is towering rocky cliffs backed by lush green slopes climbing up to the highest spot on the island, Diana's Peak, at 823 metres. There is
  • St. Helena's popularity as a port of call for passenger liners has now been taken over by sailing yachts, a large number of which stop there every year. A warm welcome awaits the visiting sailor ashore in Jamestown, the island's main settlement.
  • The opening of the new airport means daily flights from South Africa are planned, which will make this once isolated outpost considerably busier. Currently, however, large jets cannot land safely at St. Helena due to wind shear, and research is continuing about how to deal with this problem.
  • Also, due to the runway at Ascension island being out of service, the transport services provided by RMS St. Helena will be continued instead of being terminated in the summer of 2017 as previously planned.
  • Getting work done: In the past the Island had no real ability to deal with yacht repair. However, there is a plan for a short-term haulout facility on either the Jamestown Wharf or Rupert’s Pier once the commercial and industrial center moves away from Jamestown.
  • Provisioning: Provisions are limited and expensive at this time.

Weather

The climate is tropical, but cooled by the SE trades, and the cold Benguela current from the Southern Ocean. The weather is warm and occasionally humid, but it varies within the island and it is sometimes foggy or misty at the higher elevations..

St Helena's Balloon Men
St Helena’s Met Office surface and upper air observing techniques.

St Helena Weather Forecast - UK Met Office

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.

Main Ports

Jamestown *

* indicates port of entry

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Blackie
Blackie says:
Sep 01, 2017 12:02 PM

Visited there in June 2017 - Harbour dues 35GPB, mooring ball 2GBP per day, Ferry service 2GBP return trip payable at the end of your stay and Immigration was 17GBP per person. Fuel is delivered to the boats at 1,27GBP per litre. We stayed a month, hired a car and really enjoyed the hospitality of everyone especially Hazel, the owner of the Consulate Hotel.

haiqu
haiqu says:
Mar 08, 2017 03:59 PM

According to Webb Chiles' journal of March 7th 2017:

"I like St. Helena very much. It is remote, quaint, and unchanged ashore from when I was here in 1988. An airport has been built at a cost of more than three hundred million dollars and was supposed to open last year, but almost unbelievably they built it in the wrong place, on the edge of the cliffs on the windward side of the island where turbulence from the trade winds meeting those cliffs makes landings and takeoffs unacceptably dangerous. How such a mistake could be made by presumably professionals boggles the mind. In any event, when any of the 4,000 residents of St. Helena see an unfamiliar face they still know you’ve sailed there on your own and are charmingly friendly."

Doesn't look as if the airport situation will be solved any time soon.

Jack Dale
Jack Dale says:
Oct 23, 2015 10:59 PM

Rather than changing currency in St Helena, bring British pounds which are accepted and are way easier to convert to another currency after you have departed.

Everything is pretty such cash. Not able to use credit cards or debit.

wapiti
wapiti says:
Oct 25, 2014 03:35 PM

Update notes for St. Helena.

Immigration is a flat fee of 17GBP for up to 183 days.

If the ferry service is used after hours there is an additional fee of 10GBP payable.

If you want to see some of the island there is a lovely lady called Val Joshua tel: 22235 who loves walking and is glad to take people for serious walks. She is a mine of information. She does not charge and she may not be available. She doesn't like to take more than 4 people.

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