Protecting paradise

Today, St Helena combines the richest heritage, culture and history with stunning adventure and ecotourism opportunities. A unique ecosystem, St Helena is focused on a creating a legacy of conservation and much has been done to revive endemic species from the brink of extinction. Environmental organisations work passionately, propagating seedlings and reintroducing them to their natural habitats.

The Millennium Forest – a community-based campaign – marked the turn of the century by teaching future generations the importance of regeneration by replanting an entire endemic gumwood forest. It is estimated that over 10,000 trees have been planted since the project was launched – many of these are dedicated to the memory of loved ones.
The rich waters surrounding St Helena support a diverse array of marine life, including many native species of fish, migratory humpback whale, the majestic whale shark and hawksbill turtle.

During the summer months, particularly January and February, the whale sharks are drawn to the island. The strictly regulated interactions with these magnificent beasts are a huge attraction for any visitor, but it is the scientific interest that makes St Helenian encounters all the more unique. As the only known place in the world to have equal ratio of male and female adults, researchers believe St Helena offers a unique insight into the whale shark mating cycle. There is a range of tours available for those keen to get out on the water and explore the island’s incredible marine life.

Find out more about how St Helena is protecting their beautiful landscape here: