Into The Deep

St Helena, a tiny island floating in the South Atlantic, boasts a profusion of marine life and birdlife thanks to its temperate climate. At 1,200 miles from the coast of Africa, it is one of the most remote places on earth, and is most famous as the island where Napoleon spent his last years in exile. While there are no native mammals on St Helena, the surrounding waters contain at least 10 endemic species of fish, along with humpback whales and various species of dolphin. The island’s national bird is the wirebird, the only remaining endemic bird species, though others that can be spotted include canaries, doves, partridges and various seabirds.

RMS St Helena offers regular sailings from Cape Town to St Helena, with a 10-night return voyage departing 25 July (rms-st-helena.com).