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Welcome to Saint Helena

St. Helena is a tropical island of volcanic origin in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the two existing British overseas territories. It is one of the safest albeit and one of the most isolated Islands to be on. It is popular as it was home to the great Napoleon Bonaparte when the British exiled him. It has several endemic species and home to many tortoises.

Its flora consists of gum, cabbage and ebony trees.

St. Helena has several attractions including the heart shaped waterfall which is literally the shape of a heart (actually the rock on which the water falls) and the 677 stepped Jacob’s ladder, constructed in 1829 to bring goods down from the farming area town and manure back.

Quick facts

  • Official name
    Saint Helena
  • Location
    Saint Helena is a tropical island of volcanic origin in the South Atlantic Ocean, lying 1,200 miles west of the southwestern coast of Africa
  • Government
    British Overseas Territory
  • Dialing code
    +290
  • Climate weather
    Tropical
  • Population
    4,255 on 420 km²
  • Official language
    English
  • Currency
    St. Helena Pound (SHP)
  • Foreign currencies accepted
    GBP (£), USD ($)
  • Entry requirements
    No visa required but entry fee will be charged; Yellow Fever certificate is required only for travelers coming from a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission. (For more information, visit - www.sthelenatourism.com).
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