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A long weekend on Ascension Island

By SY Flow — last modified Apr 07, 2014 01:48 PM

Published: 2014-03-25 00:00:00
Countries: Ascension Island

A long weekend on Ascension Island

Green Turtle in Clearance Bay: © SY Flow

We arrived on a Friday and stayed for 3-4 days only (7 Mar 2014 – 11 Mar 2014).

Anchoring: I did not follow the recommended anchoring position from Noonsite and anchored closer to the beach in position 07:55.27S 014:24.68W in about 10m. I would not recommend doing that. It looked like sand from above, but when I snorkeled later I saw mostly stone covered with a thin layer of sand. Be aware of some old anchors, chain and metal items on the bottom.

Permit: It is sufficient to fax the permit when you are at St. Helena. You do not have to wait for an answer.

Bakery: The bakery closed years ago.

Fees:

Immigration: £20 each.

Harbour “light dues”: £15

Internet: We found internet at the hotel and in the Volcano Club at the US Air base. If you arrive on a weekend and would like to use the internet at the hotel, be sure to buy your ticket at the hotel as soon as possible as they will close. Remember to activate the account within 48 hrs.  You can only use it on one machine and you cannot log out. Around £5/hour. 

Eating Out: Do not expect much. If you would like to have dinner at the snack bar next to the bar in town, talk to the lady as early as possible. I think food is pre-ordered. There is also a snack bar at the Volcano Club. Burgers and pizza. The Volcano Club is perhaps a 30 min walk from town. It was easy to get a ride when we hitchhiked.

Attractions:

We arrived on a Friday and stayed for 3-4 days only. As the hotel was not open over the weekend, we could not get a rental car. Therefore our main attraction was the turtles.

The conservation center arranges turtle watching from time to time. We missed it unfortunately, but watched the laying of eggs on our own one night. Amazing.  Ask at the conservation center how to behave not to disturb the turtles.  Watching turtles is also great in the water. Just jump out from your yacht in Clearance Bay with your snorkeling gear. Here is a link to what you can see doing this: http://youtu.be/WvvmkYfci0A

Inger Johanne  “Johanna” Moen
S/Y Flow
Norway

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