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St. Helena, an island discovered by the Portuguese led by João da Nova in 1502, is one of the oldest overseas territories held by the British. Although the island is isolated and hard to reach during those times, its strategic location made it an important port of call for the British before the Suez Canal. This started a period of settlement in the 1600s when slaves were imported to work on the island. The Dutch, however, interfered as they tried to gain control. This was prevented, however, when Capt. Richard Munden arrived just in the nick of time, which maintained the island under British sovereignty.

One of the highlights of St. Helena's history is the arrival of Napoleon Bonaparte who was exiled to stay in the island until his death. This made the British prepare for an eventuality that the French general would be spirited away by determined comrades. Due to this, they garrisoned Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha in 1815 and 1816, respectively. More developments on the island were also carried out through the years, which saw more infrastructures such as astronomical stations and dwellings for soldiers and other people living in the island.

Where to go

Tourists on a nature and historical trip will love St. Helena. The first stop should be Longwood House, where Napoleon stayed during his exile. Tickets can be booked in advanced before going here and get the chance to view exclusive artefacts preserved since the French general's death. From these heritage sites, tourists can visit St. James Church, the oldest Anglican church in the Southern hemisphere. To learn more about the island, a visit to the museum is a must. The building itself, which is a late 18th century building, is beautiful to look at.

Other than being the island of exile, St. Helena is also well known as a great lookout point for professional astronomers. Tourists can visit observatories where Edmund Halley and Dr. Neville Maskelyne conducted their studies. Those who like to see the island in all its majestic beauty can go up Diana's Peak to see a full panoramic view. It's best to climb up on clear days to fully appreciate the sight.

Short Haul

Travellers going to see the nearby isles from St. Helena can cruise north of the territory to Ascension Island. Those looking to enjoy the beach without a huge throng of other people around will enjoy walking on the beach and listening to the sound of waves striking the shore. Stopping by the island's museum is also a must due to the artefacts and other cultural relics to be seen there. From there, one can visit the nesting site of a wideawake fair, a seabird that goes back to the island every 10 months. Observing a day of its life can also be part of the itinerary for those who love nature.

Another possible destination is Tristan da Cunha, a nearby isle to the south of St. Helena. A remote volcanic island, Tristan da Cunha offers stunning views from its impressive cliffs and shoreline to the steep slopes of the Queen Mary's Peak. Although known as the 'remotest island in the world' with slow dial-up connection and meagre facilities, the nature views of Tristan da Cunha are enough to satisfy the most discriminating nature lover. Many albatrosses also call the island home, which will delight consummate birdwatchers everywhere.

Long Haul 

Travellers who want to go on a long-distance trip can go all the way to Asia for a cultural immersion. One of the countries to visit is Japan, one of the representative countries of the region. This country is stunning in any season, due to its treasury of unique sights in cultural cities such as Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima. Authentic Japanese cuisine is also something to be experienced due to its satisfying flavours. Tourists should visit various eateries to get a taste of ramen, sushi, sashimi, and other delicacies.

How to get out

Travellers going out of St. Helena can board the RMS St. Helena, a cruise ship that will take passengers to and from Cape Town. Once dropped off at the port, tourists can go straight to Cape Town International Airport. Various airlines serve commercial flights here, such as Air Botswana, Air France, Airlink, Air Mauritius, Air Namibia, British Airways, Condor, Emirates, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, TAAG Angola Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic. 

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