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Visiting St Helena in the South Atlantic

Visiting St Helena in the South Atlantic

Located in the heart of the South Atlantic Ocean, between Brazil and Africa, lies the little known British Overseas Territory of St Helena. Previously inaccessible to all but the most determined traveller, a new airport opening at the end of 2017 will give visitors the opportunity to explore this remote island and discover the incredible marine life that surrounds it.

Rainer Schimpf, St Helena

Snorkelling & Marine Activities

The clear, warm waters surrounding St Helena, dotted with shipwrecks and rocky coral reefs,  make this small and remote island an enticing destination for snorkelling and marine wildlife enthusiasts. Boasting almost 750 recorded marine species, visitors are sure to encounter some of the island’s unique and diverse wildlife, from endemic fish species to Hawksbill turtles, dolphins and sea anemones.

The sea temperatures range from 19 to 25˚C, and are warmest during the months of January and February, when whale sharks can be seen gliding close to the ocean surface. Despite their colossal size – reaching lengths of up to 40 feet or more – whale sharks are incredibly docile creatures, letting you swim alongside them as they filter plankton with their cavernous mouths.

Swimming with whale sharks is an extraordinary opportunity to observe these gentle giants up close.

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Why book with us

We are destination specialists

Our team of specialists have extensive on-the-ground knowledge and have all lived, guided or explored in great detail the destinations that they sell. They will design your journey around you, at the right place at the right time.

We are wildlife specialists

As a leading specialist operator we have excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat.

We really care about our destinations

At Natural World Safaris we frequently monitor the social, economic and environmental impact of our travel operations to ensure we are at the forefront of a sustainable and ethical tourism industry. 

Whale shark | © Brian Lauer, Flickr

Your Next Steps

Download our whale travel guide, or talk to one of our specialists for more details on travelling to St Helena. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.