“Saint Helena's isolation has preserved its natural beauty, making it a sanctuary for wildlife and a haven for adventurers seeking untouched landscapes.”

David Attenborough

Serene Saint Helena

Getting away from it all. As one of the world’s most remote islands, visitors to Saint Helena can enjoy a break that gives that phrase new meaning. A tropical paradise coming in a shade under 50 square miles, this British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic packs a mighty punch for its size. Expect breath-taking landscapes, a thriving world beneath the waves and the warmest of welcomes from the local ‘Saints’. As the final place of exile for Napoleon, this tiny island also boasts a history that spans, not just the Atlantic, but the entire world.

Perfect for: hikers, history-enthusiasts, divers, those wanting to get away.

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When to visit Saint Helena


January in St. Helena brings warm temperatures with average highs around 27°C and lows around 21°C. This month typically sees plenty of sunshine, but occasional showers are not uncommon, contributing to the island's lush greenery. Diving is best at this time, and January sees the arrival of Whale Sharks in the surrounding waters.

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Similar to January, February maintains warm temperatures with highs around 27°C and lows around 21°C. The weather remains pleasant with a mix of sunshine and occasional showers, making it an ideal time to explore the island's natural beauty. Diving is best at this time, and during February is the best opportunity to see Whale Sharks in the surrounding waters.

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March sees a continuation of warm weather in St. Helena, with average highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C. Rainfall tends to decrease slightly compared to the previous months, offering visitors more opportunities for outdoor activities and exploration. Diving continues to be at its best, and Whale Sharks remaining in the surrounding waters till the end of the month.

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As April arrives, temperatures begin to cool slightly, with average highs around 25°C and lows around 20°C. The island experiences pleasant weather with decreasing rainfall, making it an excellent time for hiking, sightseeing, and enjoying outdoor adventures.

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In May, temperatures continue to cool, with average highs of 23°C and lows of 18°C. Rainfall remains minimal, and the island's landscapes are vibrant with lush greenery after the summer months, creating picturesque scenes for visitors to enjoy.

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June brings cooler temperatures to St. Helena, with average highs around 21°C and lows around 16°C. While rainfall is minimal during this month, visitors can still expect comfortable weather for exploring the island's attractions and natural wonders.

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July maintains the cool and dry weather of the previous month, with average highs of 20°C and lows of 15°C. This is an excellent time for outdoor activities such as hiking and exploring historical sites, as the island experiences minimal rainfall and many will find the cooler temperatures more pleasant for longer hikes.

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Similar to July, August sees cool temperatures with average highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C. Rainfall remains low, allowing visitors to enjoy outdoor adventures and soak in the island's tranquil atmosphere. August also sees the arrival of humpback whales in the surrounding waters. The humpbacks are calving, making for some particularly special sightings of mothers and their young.

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In September, temperatures begin to rise slightly, with average highs around 21°C and lows around 15°C. While rainfall remains minimal, visitors can expect warmer weather as the island transitions from winter to spring. Birding is particularly good at this time of year, with fantastic sightings recorded of the endemic St Helena wirebird.

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October brings increasing temperatures to St. Helena, with average highs of 22°C and lows of 17°C. While occasional showers may occur, the weather remains pleasant overall, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities and exploration. October sees the start of the peak diving seasons, as the sea starts to warm.

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November sees temperatures continuing to rise, with average highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C. While the island may experience occasional showers, visitors can still enjoy plenty of sunshine and warm weather. The peak diving season continues, as sea temperatures increase and endemic species, such as the butterfly fish and ocean surgeonfish, are easily spotted.

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December marks the beginning of summer in St. Helena, with warm temperatures and average highs around 26°C and lows around 20°C. While occasional showers are possible, the island generally experiences sunny weather.

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Saint Helena has an extraordinarily rich history for an island of its size, encompassing everything from global expansionism to the exile of the world’s most famous Emperor.

Uninhabited until the 16th century, the Portuguese began importing livestock and people, before the island became part of their global empire. Throughout the years the island changed hands from the Portuguese to the Dutch to the British, its significance as a stopping post in the Atlantic not missed by any of them.

There’s a dark history, here, though, of slavery and exploitation. Over 27,000 slaves were shipped here to work the plantations, as well as political prisoners indentured labourers. Discover their stories – and plenty more – on any number of the excellent tours, both walking and driving, on offer on the island.

And of course, discover Saint Helena’s history of exiles, principally of the European alliance’s most notable foe, Napoleon. Both of the houses where he stayed – Briars and Longwood – are open to the public and his impact on the island is visible throughout.

For advice on tours, give us a call. There’s a spectacular amount of history to get stuck into here, so it’s worth chatting over the right options – something we’d love to help with.


Saint Helena is nature at its rawest and, to see it up close, we couldn’t recommend a hike more highly. There are dozens of routes available of varying degrees of difficulty but each one showcases a different aspect of the island’s rugged and unrefined beauty.

One of our favourite aspects of hiking in Saint Helena are the Post Box walks. There are 21 of them – from 1-4 hours – and visitors will see at the conclusion of each a classic post box. All you need to do is write down your thoughts and comments and pop it in the letterbox and you’ll inform generations of Saint Helena walkers to come.

For travellers looking for a challenge, give The Barn hike a go. It’s a 10.5 kilometre trek that culminates in a huge volcanic bluff that will give you 360 degree views of the island – a quite possibly a touch of vertigo. Not for the faint of heart, as our founder, Ludo, discovered recently. For those in search of more sedate options, there are plenty, with guides and maps on offer for each and the assurance of gorgeous views, whatever the route.


As a place surrounded on all sides by the vast expanse of the Atlantic, it’s no surprise that the ocean is a massive attraction for visitors here. With some of the least spoilt waters accessible from land, Saint Helena is a hidden gem for marine enthusiasts – both above and below the waves.

The diving here is phenomenal, with a number of wrecks within striking distance and surrounding waters teeming with some of the ocean’s most dramatic creatures. Huge rays, marlin, barracuda, dorado and tuna call Saint Helena home (and can also be fished for), as do whale sharks. In fact, this is the only place on Earth where male and female whale sharks gather in equal numbers and sightings between December and March often hitting 30 a day.

If, like some of our team, you prefer your marine activities on deck with a G&T in hand, charter a yacht from James Bay’s marina and take a leisurely cruise around the coastline to soak in some of the island’s sights from a different perspective.


No trip to Saint Helena is complete without feasting on some of the island’s local delicacies. The word of the day is surely comfort, with dishes showcasing the community aspect of Saint culture that draw on its multiple heritages.

Fish makes up a big proportion of local meals, with Plo – a one-pot fish-based curry – a Love To Explore highlight. It’s rich and creamy and there’s always enough made for seconds – thirds, if you’re our founder, Ludo.

The Saint Helena fishcake is an island icon, with freshly caught fish and smoky bacon coming together to produce a ‘love-song to the senses’ – sounds a lot but this really is worth the hype. Top it all off with a nod to the Portuguese past: Coconut Fingers. These sweet treats see iced Madeira sponge coated in coconut and often round off a Saint feast.

The food here might not be the most refined, but what it lacks in style it more than makes up for in taste, warmth and community – the perfect metaphor for Saint Helena in general.

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