Known as the ‘Galapagos of the Atlantic’, the remote island of St Helena offers one of the world’s last remaining pristine diving locations.
After offering tailor-made packages in 2018, specialist operator Dive Worldwide is now introducing a new expert-led St Helena in Style group tour for 2019, its departure coinciding with the large aggregation of whale sharks who visit the island each spring.
Marooned in the waters of the South Atlantic, until recently St Helena could only be reached by postal ship making it expensive and inaccessible. However, the advent of a new flight service from Johannesburg has opened up the island to the adventurous diver. Here, the waters teem with marine life, with over 750 species to discover, including the oldest living animal on Earth – a 186-year-old tortoise, plus dolphins, Chilean devil rays and a number of historic shipwrecks, all of which divers will hope to see on this 9-night trip.
The island’s marine highlight though, and the focus of the new trip, is the aggregations of whale sharks – a recent phenomenon that has attracted the attention of scientists the world over. Large numbers of fully grown male and female whale sharks mysteriously aggregate in St Helena’s warm waters every year, and guests will enjoy three snorkelling excursions with these massive animals, ensuring an incredible and intimate experience.
Topside, guests stay at the luxurious Mantis St Helena, an impressive, historic building in the heart of Jamestown, which once served as the barracks for the East India Company. They will also learn more about the history and heritage of the island with a private tour of the island’s plantation house and estates and visits to a coffee farm and distillery.
The trip is led by cameraman and marine conservationist Danny Copeland who has has worked alongside BBC cameramen, assisted photographers on assignments for National Geographic, and filmed for the award-winning Netflix documentary, Chasing Coral.
Dive Worldwide offers St Helena in Style from £4,195pp sharing, including 2 nights B&B in South Africa, 7 nights’ B&B in St Helena, some meals, 10 boat dives, 3 whale shark snorkelling exclusions, 2 land tours, expert guide and transfers. Departs 14 February 2019.
For more information, please visit www.diveworldwide.com or call the Dive Worldwide Team on 01962 302 087.