World ARC sailing, St Helena and South Atlantic

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2020: 30 Dec

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Most tourists visit St Helena by air, or cruise ship so arriving by yacht ensures that we are already making the lower impact choice.

When exploring the local countryside we ask you to stick to roads and established paths. At the tourism association you can enquire about local guides.

Avoid causing any damage to local flora and fauna. This is particularly important at St Helena as a lot of the eco system has been destroyed in the past and the locals are still working to bring the forests back to what they once were before colonialism. St Helena offers beautiful hiking, in the Millennium Forest, Diana’s Peak or on the deadwood plain.

St Helena is famous for Wirebirds which is truly an awesome experience to see. We ask you to not feed these birds and approach them sensitively.

If possible use a camera with a long-range lens and try to avoid using a flash so you disturb animals as little as possible.

Whale watching is a popular pursuit on St Helena, we ask you to please don't approach the whales In the wild - let them approach you and be very careful with them if they do.

Do not attempt to bring home any rocks or stones or other souvenirs from St Helena and don't purchase these types of items from the locals as this can encourage the ongoing destruction of these places.

The Impacts of this Trip

Supporting local economies
Unlike many holidays, on these voyages you will be the ones heading out into the local towns and markets and buying all the food we need. Not only does this mean we are eating the local produce, but it also means many hundreds of pounds is put straight Into the local economy and not just via trinkets and souvenirs.

The hands-on cooking experience, offered at Richards Travel Lodge is just one way that you can positively interact with the locals and contribute directly to the local community. You can learn how to make the island’s specialities including spicy fishcakes and Plo.

Culturally, tourism can help Saints to preserve their traditions – a concern for some with young people leaving in search of work. The Tourism Association was established to support all local businesses that are involved in the tourism industry and help them with conserving their traditions. SHAPE centre is a local initiative, which is a self sustaining initiative which employs local people with disabilities to produce local crafts and you can buy their crafts at the market.


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