Rugged, volcanic and very remote, the three tiny islands of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha dot the South Atlantic like so many bits of flotsam. As Napoleon's place of exile following the Battle of Waterloo, St Helena has gained a notoriety that assures its place in the travel lexicon.
This fully revised edition of Bradt Travel Guide: St. Helena includes information on St Helena's new airport, which makes it possible for the first time for visitors to explore the island's natural and historic attractions without a five-day sea voyage to get here. Hiking, fishing, snorkelling and diving are included, plus details of marine wildlife, from whale sharks and dolphins to groupers and soldier fish. Expert author Tricia Hayne also provides a section on '24 hours in Cape Town', offering a brief overview of what to see and do with a day between flights.
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha: An Overview ix
PART ONE ST HELENA
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, History, Government and administration, Economy, People, Language, Education, Religion, Culture, Sport
Chapter 2 Natural History and Conservation
Flora, Fauna, Conservation
Chapter 3 Practical Information
When to go and highlights, Tourist information and tour operators, Red tape, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, Travelling with children, What to take, Money and banking, Opening hours, Getting around, Accommodation, Food and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Media and communications, Business and property, Cultural etiquette, Activities, Cultural visits, Travelling positively
Chapter 4 Jamestown
St Helena from the sea, Jamestown
Chapter 5 Beyond Jamestown
Guided tours and suggested itineraries, Half Tree Hollow, St Paul's, Alarm Forest and Longwood, The Peaks National Park, Levelwood, Sandy Bay and Blue Hill
PART TWO ASCENSION ISLAND
Chapter 6 Background Information
Geography, Natural history and conservation, History, Government and administration, Economy, People, Education, Travelling positively
Chapter 7 Visiting Ascension
When to go and highlights, Tour operators, Red tape, Getting there and away, Health and safety, What to take , Opening hours, Money and banking, Media and communications, Getting around, Activities, Georgetown, Beyond Georgetown
PART THREE TRISTAN DA CUNHA
Chapter 8 Background Information
Geography, Natural history and conservation, History, Government and administration, Economy, People, Language, Education, Travelling positively
Chapter 9 Visiting Tristan da Cunha
When to go and highlights, Red tape, Getting there and away, Health and safety, What to take,Money and banking, Media and communications, Opening hours, Getting around, Activities, Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, The outer islands
Chapter 10 24 Hours in Cape Town
Getting there and away, getting around, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, What to see and do in 24 hours
Appendix 1 Further Information
Index of advertisers
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Tricia Hayne is a freelance travel writer and a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers. Formerly editorial director at Bradt Travel Guides, she has a fascination for islands and culture, and puts walking, diving and sailing high on her list of interests. Tricia has written and updated several guides for Bradt, covering destinations from the Caribbean to southern Africa.