Small Group Safari or Tailor-Made

St Helena Whale Shark Safari

A pioneering safari to the remote South Atlantic island of St Helena, diving with whale sharks and other marine wildlife and discovering the unique volcanic landscapes and history of the island.

Duration 8 days
Price From $2,772
When Jan - Feb
Destination St Helena

Safari Overview

The small British Overseas Territory of St Helena is one of the most remote islands in the world, which has given it a rich and unique ecosystem characterised by its endemic flora and fauna. This safari provides you with the opportunity to become one of the first travellers to arrive by air to discover St Helena’s breathtaking landscapes, from verdant green hillsides to rugged volcanic cliffs, and discover the cultural and natural highlights of the island. In the warmer months of January and February, whale sharks can be seen gliding through the clear ocean waters, allowing you to swim alongside them as you explore the rocky coral reefs and shipwrecks off the coast.  

What makes this trip extraordinary? 

  • One of the best places in the world to swim and snorkel alongside whale sharks. 
  • Explore the cultural and historical sites of St Helena, including the final residence of Napoleon Bonaparte. 
  • Search for endemic birdlife as you hike through the idyllic countryside. 
  • Sail and snorkel in the clear blue waters in search of marine life, including turtles, devil rays and dolphins.

Previously accessible only by boat, the new airport is set to open this unique and beautiful island up to visitors from across the world.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive St Helena

Upon arrival at St Helena Airport, you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your accommodation. In the afternoon you will have the chance to enjoy a guided tour of Jamestown, the capital of St Helena, which provides an ideal introduction to the island and its history, and includes a visit to the oldest church in the southern hemisphere.

Overnight: Mantis St Helena

Day 2

Dive with Whale Sharks

Today you will embark on a boat cruise out into the clear waters of St Helena where you will have your first opportunity to dive with the incredible whale sharks, who appear in remarkable numbers off the coast of St Helena in the warmer months of January and February. Despite their enormous size, whale sharks are gentle giants, and you will be able to swim alongside them as you observe them gliding slowly through the waters. Several species of dolphins and seabirds may also be viewed from the boat.

Overnight: Mantis St Helena

Day 3

St Helena Tour

This morning you will head out on a guided excursion exploring the unique landscapes of St Helena in a 4x4 vehicle, from the fascinating volcanic formations dotted across the island to the rolling green hills. St Helena is also renowned for its birdlife, including many endemic species, which you may observe as you travel through the countryside.

Overnight: Mantis St Helena

Day 4

Dive with Whale Sharks

Today you will have another opportunity to free dive with whale sharks as you head out on your second boat excursion. Look out for other marine wildlife that can be found in the rocky coral reefs around the island, including Green and Hawksbill turtles and devil rays.

Overnight: Mantis St Helena

Day 5

St Helena

Explore the lush green countryside of the island on another full day tour, viewing the coastlines and smaller surrounding islands and visiting several sites of historic interest. Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to the island from 1815 until his death in 1821, and you will have a chance to visit his island residences of the Briars Pavilion and Longwood House, before visiting his final resting place.

Overnight: Mantis St Helena

Day 6

Dive with Whale Sharks

Today you will set out on your third and final excursion out to dive with whale sharks, spending the day swimming in the clear waters with these magnificent creatures.

Overnight: Mantis St Helena

Day 7

St Helena Tour

This morning you will join the St Helena National Trust for a guided walk through Diana's Peak National Park. At 823m, the summit of Diana's Peak is the highest point on the island, providing spectacular views over the surrounding landscapes. En route you will also observe St Helena's endemic flora and fauna and learn about the conservation efforts surrounding them. After lunch, enjoy a tour of the coffee plantation at Rosemary Gate Coffee Estate, followed by refreshments and local coffee.

Overnight: Mantis St Helena

Day 8

Depart St Helena

Today you will bid farewell to St Helena and be transferred to the airport in time for your international flight home.

Trip Details


This safari is available on set departure dates but can also be run on a tailor-made basis. Please contact us for more details.

2018 Departures

Date  Price
 Feb 17 -24  £1,980 

The price of the trip is £1,980 per person, This includes seven nights in contemporary rooms at Mantis St Helena, breakfast daily, most lunches, transfers, guided tours, and three full day marine safaris with a specialist guide.

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