South Atlantic Islands
"Dip in" to South Atlantic islands en route for Antarctica or enjoy them in more depth on our land-based holidays. Experiences include travelling with the Royal Air Force or on the last Royal Mail Ship in service, or expedition cruising in remote areas including Tristan da Cunha and Cape Verde.
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South Atlantic Island tours
The completely unspoilt and still mysterious island just south of the Equator which is Ascension has a hidden depth which it takes time to discover. There are white, sandy beaches to be enjoyed (by nesting turtles as well as humans) and dramatic volcanic scenery, seabird colonies and warm, friendly people. Getting to Ascension is an adventure in itself as there are no commercial flights. We fly with the Royal Air Force from Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
An airport has been announced but meanwhile the only regular means of accessing St Helena is on the Royal Mail Ship. This old-fashioned sea voyage is very much part of the holiday and then we spend about a week exploring this beautiful and surprising island. Napoleon (who spent his last 5 years in exile here), the endemic Wirebird and botanical wonders all feature, as does time with the resident school of dolphins - assuming we're lucky.
The Falkland Islands
An absolute must for the wildlife enthusiast, the Falkland Islands are home to five species of penguin, sea lions, elephant seals and a host of sea and land birds. Away from the capital, the islands remain as they have always been - unspoilt, remote and with extraordinarily approachable wildlife which makes it a photographer's paradise - even for amateurs. The experience of travelling between settlements by 8-seater Islander aircraft adds to the fun.
South Atlantic Odyssey
Every year the ships operated by Oceanwide Expeditions reposition from Antarctica to the Arctic giving the opportunity for the inveterate traveller to spend several weeks on board enjoying the fantastic variety of experiences from the Antarctic Peninsula to Tristan da Cunha, St Helena and Ascension Island. At that stage it's possible to leave the ship or you can stay on board to visit Cape Verde. The final leg is a must for pelagic birders - Ascension to Cape Verde.