Saint Helena Island (Jamestown, St Helena UK)
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Saint Helena Island is located in the south Atlantic Ocean, approx 4000 km (2500 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and 1950 km (1210 mi) west of mainland Africa. The isle is one of the British Overseas Territories - the dependency of "Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha". Saint Helena is the UK's second-oldest dependency (overseas territory) - after Bermuda.
The island measures ~16x8 km (10x5 mi) and has population around 5,000. It was named after Saint Helena of Constantinople and was uninhabited when discovered by the Portuguese in 1502. It became an important Atlantic Ocean supply port for ships sailing to Europe from South Africa and Asia. Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was imprisoned on the island by the British.
In the period 1791-1833, on St Helena were conducted a series of reforestation experiments attempting to boost artificial rainfalls. Until 1966, the island of Saint Helena had a monocrop economy, based on the cultivation and processing of NZ flax for string and rope. The economy of Saint Helena Island is now weak, and almost totally backed by aid from the British government. The economy is dominated by the public sector, accounting for about half of the gross domestic product (GDP). There has been an increase in the cost of power, fuel and imported goods.
The tourism industry is largely based on Napoleon's imprisonment. A good golf course also exists on the island and the possibility for sports fishing is great. Three hotels operate on Saint Helena Island but the arrival of tourists is linked directly to the arrival/departure schedule of RMS St Helena.
Saint Helena Island produces and exports the world's most expensive coffee (Tungi Spirit brand) that is made from the fruit of prickly pears (Opuntia ficus-indica / local name for this plant is "Tungi"). Like Tristan da Cunha and Ascension Island, Saint Helena is allowed to issue its own postage stamps, an enterprise providing a significant income.
St Helena Island Airport
Between 1990 and 2017, the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) St Helena supplied St Helena Island with all kinds of goods and was the only means of access to this remote UK territory. The ship was due to be decommissioned after the opening of the island’s GBP 285 million airport.
However, the airport's inauguration (scheduled for May 21, 2016) was postponed indefinitely due to concerns about the region's weather conditions, making it unsafe for large commercial aircraft to land. British Airways commercial flights from Johannesburg (South Africa) were scheduled to start on May 21, 2016, but were suspended.
Until the airport becomes operational, the St Helena ship remains the island's only link to the outside world. Passengers spend 3 weeks to travel the itinerary, which also includes flight travel to South Africa, then 10 days at sea plus 8 days ashore (on the island).
Saint Helena Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to St Helena Island dock (anchor) at Jamestown - port city located on the northwestern coast.
Next photo shows the RMS St Helena ship approaching Jamestown.
The following map of the island shows the names of all its locations (bays, points), as well as the names of the surrounding isles.
Port Saint Helena Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Saint Helena Island, Jamestown, St Helena UK. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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