Since the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 and the start of construction work to build an airport, St Helena has shifted gradually from a safe haven for sailing ships, through a period of limbo, and is hopefully on the way to becoming self-sustainable.
Offering spectacular scenery, sub-tropical weather, fascinating heritage, and friendly locals, St Helena is an 'off the beaten path' holiday maker's dream. The Capital Jamestown nestles in a deep narrow valley; it is the seat of Government and houses the museum, hotels and shops.
Distant peak of Flagstaff across the St Helena countryside
Moving inland there is a dramatic change in the scenery, the sheer barren cliffs soften, becoming rolling pastures and lush vegetation filled valleys.
The Island has been graced with famous visitors from Darwin to members of the current Royal family, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne. French Emperor Napoleon is undoubtedly the most famous figure to have visited St. Helena.
With an airport being built St. Helena is entering exciting times; SHBC will be here to report on this shift through the times.