Mount Actaeon on the central peaks at sunrise.
ST HELENA DAY | What The Saints Did Next
We are marking 21 May 2015, St Helena Day, with a 21 picture special showing off our amazing little island.
Since Portuguese sailer João da Nova discovered an uninhabited St Helena on 21 May 1502, the sea journey has been the only way to reach the island but, 513 years later, our exclusive ocean voyage culture is about to change.
The St Helena airport is nearly ready and commercial flights are due begin from February 2016. The weekly flights will cut the travelling time from South Africa from approximately 120 hours to 4 hours.
This means it will now become feasible for more people to take a holiday on St Helena and enjoy our stunning landscapes and sample our idyllic way of life.
Here are 21 pictures from our collection of beautiful St Helena.
Although the island is small, most of it is open and accessible and there are a wide range of wonderful hiking trails from a gentle stroll to the downright hairy!
A walk to Blue Point offers one of the best views of Speery Island.
Three happy little Saint faces.
The peaceful countryside in the late afternoon.
King and Queen Rock viewed from the Millennium Forest area.
Eric, one of our favourite Saints.
Hiking in the colourful marls of the Painter’s Palette.
The intricate art of lace making at SHAPE.
The spiky aloe bushes which mostly grow in the drier parts of the island.
Walking through the cloud forest on the island’s central peaks.
The delicious locquat fruit that can be found on the roadsides when in season.
The elegant St Helena Ebony flower.
Don’t forget your camera! Awesome coastal scenery on a hike to Cox’s Battery.
All change soon! Passengers on the RMS St Helena arriving from Cape Town and getting their first look at the island as the ship approaches.
Anyone come across Tony Cowan, he went to st helena in late 80’s.
Nice photos. The last one reminds me of the Pocock print of ‘General view of St Helena’ which I won in a raffle on Ascension in 1994. The print was donated by the Captain of the RMS St Helena at the time – I think it was Ascension day fair etc…Still hanging although it’s not been on any journeys since being framed.
Thanks for the comment. Ascension Day Fair raffles, ah… bringing back memories here too 🙂
Beautiful pictures bring back so many memories
Thanks Jenny, all good memories we trust! Cheers 🙂
Thanks for lovely pic of our beautiful Island home
You’re welcome Shirley, we always appreciate your support. Yes, what a beautiful home we have, so much to be grateful for. Cheers 🙂
A beautiful collection of photos, captured St. Helena so well!
What a wonderful Post. Happy St Helena’s Day to you both. x
Congratulations to all The Saints on your very special island! Happy St Helena day to all, and thanks for the lovely photographs yet again. Love the three little saints.x
Hey Di, thanks for the lovely comment. Yes, the three little Saints are one of my favourite pictures, lovely smiles, we had a lot of fun taking these.
beautuful pics?This beautiful Island is the birth place of my maternal Grandfather William Edward Thomas.I would like to visit.regards Jackie.Thanks for the pics.
Thanks Jackie, sounds like a flight to the island may soon be on the cards 🙂
Beautiful Photos missing the Island very much especially when looking at the familiar faces keep up the good work.
Cheers Ronnie, it’s lovely being able to recognise the faces eh. We appreciate your comment, don’t worry, plenty more to come 🙂
Thanks for the memories!
You’re welcome, thanks for the comment.
Happy Memories of my trip in 2011.
Hopefully you’ll be able to make some new memories soon Catherine 🙂
Beautiful pics to celebrate our national day….all good wishes to you both x
Thanks Barbara, we are lucky to have such a beautiful island.
What a lovely photographic tribute, Happy St Helena Day!