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On St Helena, one of Earth’s most isolated inhabited islands, jaw-dropping landscapes, fascinating natural history and contemporary politics paint a picture of our planet in miniature. I explored it for a story in our August 2015 issue, and discovered that soon this planet will be closer than ever before.

St Helena - Tyson Jopson
It takes three weeks to visit St Helena. A five-day voyage from Cape Town on the RMS ST Helena (one of the last two working Royal Mail Ships in the world) is the only way to get there and back. That’s all going to change next year. Its airport will finally be completed, the ship will be decommissioned and one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world will be a four-hour flight away. So, I joined the nostalgic and the wistful on one of the RMS St Helena’s last voyages to see what life is like on this volcanic rock on the cusp of change. Here are some photos I took along the way.

 

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I used an Outex Camera Cover to get the underwater shots on St Helena. They’re great for keeping your DSLR dry and come with various attachments to suit your lens sizes. Find out more here.

 

 

Read the full article in the August 2015 issue of Getaway magazine.

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  • Gerard Dante

    This is great. I have always wanted to go to the island.any idea of the cost of the airfare when the airport comes on line

    • Tyson Jopson

      Yes. It’s currently pegged at R9 500 return. Of course, we can only be certain once bookings open.

  • These are some of the most compelling photos that I have seen. Have made a decision to go visit St Helena (always wanted to, this just pumps the drive). Only missing a photo of a warm cosy pub looking out over the bay. Please tell me that there is one.
    Thanks for the pics.

    • Wait before you plan Kenny – you’ll be able to fly there soon.

    • Schalj

      Hi Kenny

      I am currently staying on the Island,working on the Airport Project.

      Theire is 2 pubs on the seaview side,Donnies and Mullyeard,very nice – you will enjoy.

      Regards

      Schalk

    • Amy

      Hi Kenny,

      I’ve visited the island when I sailed there a couple of years ago.

      There is a great little pub called Anne’s and it has a beautiful view of Jacobs’ ladder which means you get to watch all the tourists as they struggle to climb to the top. 🙂

      Very friendly pub and filled with flags from sailors from across the world that have stopped over at St. Helena. They also have a logbook that has been signed by the sailors coming through over the years. It is a very special and unique place.

      Amazing island and definitely worth the visit.

  • Nice!! This has been on my bucket list for a while. Must make a plan.

  • Stunning pics thank you, and glad to say soon we will be able to fly there with Comair.

  • Karen Fitter

    Looking forward to visiting the homeland of my mother soon

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  • pierre

    Hi no pictures of Napoleon’s house where he lived and died ,and his first grave?

    • Tyson Jopson

      Hi Pierre,

      Good point – it is on of the highlights. It just didn’t seem to fit with the other images on my first pass and, if I’m honest, a photo of a concrete block under which there is Nopoleon (he was excavated and shipped back to France – something he never managed whilst alive) seemed a bit, if you’ll excuse the pun, lifeless.

      I have, however, added a few images for you. Hope you like them.

  • Thanks Amy and Schalk. Sounds wonderful. definitely on bucket list.