Although primarily known as the island where Napoleon was exiled after his defeat at Waterloo, the fascination with St. Helena goes back many more centuries. Much of its charm lies in its remoteness. The countryside offers astonishing contrasts, ranging from a wind-eroded desert with multicolored ridges and valleys to flax and tree-covered hillsides, soft pastures and vegetation-filled valleys. A ship day on St. Helena is an important occasion. The island is visited approximately six times a year by a shipping service en route from England to South Africa. When ships call, the old wharf and the otherwise quiet town will come to life and residents will turn out in droves for the big event, which surely will be a treasured experience for guests and residents alike.
Currency: St. Helena pound (SHP)
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