St Helena Scuba Diving Tours & Holidays Packages
DIVE THE MOST ISOLATED STUNNING ISLAND IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC!
For many years St Helena Island was an inaccessible rock in the South Atlantic Ocean. It was chosen as Napoleon’s prison island, and played host to many Boer Prisoners of war at the turn of the 20th century. But to dive St Helena is to see a new world. The new flights by SA Airlink to St Helena Airport have opened up a new underwater world. St Helena is a British Sub tropical island, with British conservation policies and laws. This means it is packed with fish. It is hard to explain how magical the Island of St Helena is. One mile offshore Pan Tropic Dolphins leap into the air. For experienced divers St Helena has a series of deep dives, wreck dives, underwater pinnacle dives, and wall dives with schools of pelagics swarming around you. For the intermediate level diver, St Helena has multi-level dives, reef dives, and swim-throughs from 6 metres to 26 metres. And for the beginner, there are a series of enchanting 6-12 m wreck and reef dives that play host to schools of smaller fish and endemic species. St Helena should now be on every diver’s diving holiday list. Dive St Helena is a must, while it remains so charming and quiet.
ST HELENA- BRITAIN’S TROPICAL DIVING DESTINATION
The diving tours in St Helena are absolutely unique. St Helena is not an island with white sandy beaches, she is an outcrop of rock, that was deemed so isolated that the French Emperor Napoleon was exiled here by the British Government. Indeed he died on the rock and was buried here.
While the history of the island is quite enthralling, the dive holiday opportunities in St Helena are even more incredible. Diving in St Helena is mind-blowing.
St Helena has clear water. The visibilty generally hangs around the 25-40m mark. St Helena Diving is unspoiled, this cannot be overstated. The British administration has superb conservation policies that have clearly worked. There are fish everywhere. Fishing in St Helena is strictly controlled and some dive sites are sole use sites. This means that fishing near the dive sites is forbidden. So there are literally fish on every dive, under every rock and in the wheelhouse of every wreck.
Schools of Amber Jacks swirl around the hulls of the wrecks and rainbow runners charge up to you playfully seeing what and who you are. Diving in St Helena is like diving used to be 25 years ago in other locations. Unshy schools of fish with nudibranches, black coral, soft coral, and endemic species of fish. The night dives here are incredible. Hundreds of lobsters and more nudibranches come out of their holes to wander along the wreck of the Papanui.
In addition to the fish, diving in St Helena has wrecks that vary in depth from 12m (the Papanui) to 27m (the Frontier Wreck) and down to 42m (the RFA Darkdale wreck). All of these wrecks are home to so many different species of reef fish, and attract devil rays (mobula rays) and schooling pelagics. Finally the single reason to bring divers and snorkellers from around the world to St Helena Island are the resident whale sharks. For six months of the year the island of St Helena is home to both male and female whale sharks. Research is being done on their movements as this website goes live, but through Sub Tropic Adventures, we offer high quality, low impact snorkelling tours with the whale sharks. In addition, most divers will see a whale shark while diving, when they arrive unannounced.
DIVE HOLIDAYS IN ST HELENA ISLAND
The time to book your dive holiday in St Helena is now. The Island is unchanged by its weekly flight, and maintains its charcter and charm. we know this, because in January 2018, the African and Oriental Travel Company became the first company ever to take a dive group to St Helena. This was nothing new to us, Raf Jah pioneered recreational diving in India (The Andaman islands) and Tanzania (Pemba Island) and so it seemed almost natural to be the first in St Helena. We chose our own diving pioneer Anthony Thomas of Sub Tropic Adventures to be our diving partner on the island of St Helena. After much research, we offer three levels of accomodation to the travelling diver. The World Class Mantis Hotel, the atmospheric Consulate Hotel, and the self catering bungalows of the Williams Estate. All three of these places have their own charm and good reasons to choose them.
The African and Oriental Travel Company is the only British Dive Specialist Travel Company to have visited St Helena, and in keeping with our principles of “we only sell what we have checked ourselves” we are happy to offer some amazing dive and non diver package deals to St Helena island. Simply book your St Helena Dive Vacation through us.
STAY IN THE MANTIS HOTEL
The Mantis hotel is the South Atlantic Ocean’s only boutique hotel. It sits close to the sea wall and opposite the Governors’ fortress. Managed by Matt Joshua and his consummately professional team, this hotel is unique in that it is truly luxurious, on a small rock in the Atlantic Ocean and welcomes scuba divers.
We offer St Helena dive packages that include flights from Johannesburg accommodation, transfers and diving from £1400-2010 for one week.
BEEN ON SAFARI? – THE TIME TO VISIT AFRICA IS NOW
As the flights to St Helena depart South Africa, there is a wonderful opportunity to add an African Wildlife Safari to your dive holiday itinerary. As longtime Safari Experts, we love Africa and believe that this is an absolute “must do”. With a Zambian or Namibian Safari so easy to add to Dive St Helena, this makes for the perfect safari and dive holiday combination.
Add a week in Zambia staying in South Luangwa National Park seeing the leopards, lions and elephants for an additional £1250.
Or you could choose to go on a private safari in Namibia for an additional £1500.
All safaris include flights from Johannesburg
YOUR DIVE HOLIDAY ITINERARY FOR ST HELENA
Dive St Helena with the African and Oriental Travel Company with a great VICTORIA FALLS safari add on. Explore Zambia for a week, see rhinos, hippos, crocodiles; ride on a luxury steam train and see the world’s largest waterfall before flying back to Johannesburg (1hr) and catching the unique flight to St Helena to start your magical dive vacation.
DAY 1 Arrive Johannesburg International Airport
Overnight Airport Travelodge or Intercontinental or similar.
DAY 2 FLY: Johannesburg -ST Helena (09:00hrs)
DAY 3/4/5/6 /7
DIVING 2 dives a day in the morning. 5 days diving.
Optional 3rd dive a day or whale shark snorkeling extensions are always possible.
Every afternoon after diving, you can either do more diving or explore the island with Sightseeing/trekking/relaxing.
DAY 8 Sightseeing tour of the entire island or other activity on request.
DAY 9 FLY: ST Helena to Johannesburg (13:00hrs)
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We Dive with Sub Tropic Dive Adventures, and the world famous Anthony Thomas. For those wishing a guided tour, we have availability in February 2019 for our St Helena Dive Expedition during whale shark season. This allows for extra snorkel trips. While these cannot be guaranteed, sightings of up to 30 during Jan/ February are not unusual. Upgrades to the best hotel in town are of course available. Simply ask.
10 dives, tank and weights, full board accommodation, flights JNB-STH-JNB, transfers in St Helena, accommodation and communal car hire in St Helena.
Safari in Africa, meals in St Helena. flights to JNB from your home city, travel insurance, dive insurance , extra dives, night dives, whale shark snorkelling, dive equipment hire, soft or alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, items of a person nature, any item not specified in your personalised bespoke itinerary.
Please contact us for group enquiries as discounts may well apply.
MANTAS WHALE SHARKS NUDIBRANCHES AND GREAT VISIBILITY AWAIT THE ADVENTUROUS DIVER