Saint Helena Trip Planner

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How to plan a trip to Saint Helena

The St. Helena Islands are volcanic in origin and tropical by location.  This 128 square-kilometer island is small in size but quite important strategically. This remote island is located in the South Atlantic Ocean; the nearest continent is Africa at 1,950 kilometers.  Your St. Helena travel guide will include visiting the place of exile of the great French conqueror, Napoleon Bonaparte, who also spent his last days here. The terrain is rugged with dry, warm coastal areas and re-forested humid interiors.

Procuring Visa of St. Helena

For tourists who want to visit St. Helena, a Short Term Entry Permit is required for stays up to six months. This St. Helena visa document is provided upon arrival, provided you have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of return, return ticket, adequate financial means to cover the duration of stay. There is also a fixed fee applicable for anyone entering St. Helena.

Ideal Time for Planning a Trip to St. Helena

The surrounding ocean lends its moderating effect on the essentially tropical climate of the island. The hottest months are between January and March, where temperatures may reach up to 34°C. The weather follows unusual patterns in St. Helena; it may rain in one part of the island while other areas continue to be warm and sunny. There is a fair bit of rainfall, so do pack a raincoat. The latter part of the year between the cooler months of June and September is probably the best time to visit St. Helena, though you may plan to come here anytime that suits you.

Chief Attractions of St. Helena

Climbing Jacob's Ladder is one of the top things to do in St. Helena. This popular ladder is 699 steps long and was built to connect Jamestown to the fort above.  The final resting places of Napoleon, The Longwood House and the Briars are two of the best places to visit in St. Helena. Tourists also visit the Tomb of Napoleon. The High Knoll Fort and the Museum of St. Helena are other popular tourist destinations. The island is also famous for producing one of the world's most expensive coffee and wine shops.

Choices of Transportation in St. Helena

The weekly transport of HMS St. Helena is the major lifeline that sustains this island. This ship brings food, supplies and tourists to St. Helena after a six-day voyage through the Atlantic Ocean. There is a minibus service for inland travel also in the town of Jameson. The private vehicles available for hire will solve the issue of how to reach St. Helena tourist destinations throughout the island. 

Food and Lodging in St. Helena

The island culture was largely influenced by the British cuisine, along with African, Indian and Chinese. You may enjoy roast potatoes and meat, salad, a fish or meat curry in a typical St. Helena food menu. The fish cakes made in the islands are also popular among tourists. The Harvest Inn and Hotel St. Helena are two of the best places to stay in the island.

The exotic island of St. Helena is a great alternative holiday destination; you will enjoy calm & tranquil island which has carved its place in history.

How much does it cost to travel to Saint Helena

Plan your trip to Saint Helena with an estimated budget for your travel. The average daily cost of food in Saint Helena is USD 48 per person. For a family of four, the cost of eating out is USD 192. For getting around Saint Helena, you will need a rough figure of USD 44 per day. For detailed Saint Helena trip cost calculator, use Saint Helena Trip Planner.

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