Ascension Island

Journey to one of the most remote islands on Earth, home of the world-famous green sea turtles.

Cruises to Ascension Island

Atlantic Odyssey to Cape Verde
Up to $2000 OFF

Atlantic Odyssey to Cape Verde

HDS31C25 During the days at sea the chances of meeting whales are high. Witness the northbound spring migration of northern birds like Arctic Terns and Long-tailed Skuas who join us in crossing the Equator (“the Line”).

m/v Hondius

m/v Hondius

Cruise date:

23 Mar - 25 Apr, 2025

Berths start from:

9765 USD

St. Helena to Cape Verde
Up to $650 OFF

St. Helena to Cape Verde

Witness the northbound spring migration

HDS32-24 During the days at sea the chances of meeting whales are high. Witness the northbound spring migration of northern birds like Arctic Terns and Long-tailed Skuas who join us in crossing the Equator (“the Line”).

m/v Hondius

m/v Hondius

Cruise date:

20 Apr - 30 Apr, 2024

Berths start from:

2150 USD

St. Helena to Cape Verde

Witness the northbound spring migration

HDS32-25 During the days at sea the chances of meeting whales are high. Witness the northbound spring migration of northern birds like Arctic Terns and Long-tailed Skuas who join us in crossing the Equator (“the Line”).

m/v Hondius

m/v Hondius

Cruise date:

15 Apr - 25 Apr, 2025

Berths start from:

2350 USD

Can be booked in combination only

More info

St. Helena to Cape Verde

Witness the northbound spring migration

PLA33-26 During the days at sea the chances of meeting whales are high. Witness the northbound spring migration of northern birds like Arctic Terns and Long-tailed Skuas who join us in crossing the Equator (“the Line”).

m/v Plancius

m/v Plancius

Cruise date:

24 Apr - 4 May, 2026

Berths start from:

2450 USD

Can be booked in combination only

More info

Latest blog and customer story

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The Overlooked Treasures of Ascension Island

If you know anything about Ascension Island, which is unlikely, it probably has to do with the green turtle breeding population that exists there.

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Ascension Island cruise reviews

by Tom Van Dordrecht
Great trip again with Ocean Wide, Plancius very good ship, Cosy, not too large, very good crew. All as we hoped it to be. We will book
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by Simon Byron
Friendly & knowledgable staff. Interesting talks particularly from the US Army Commander of Ascension during the Falklands conflict and the UK Manager from Cable & Wireless in the 1960s. I would have liked to see a map of the route of the ship and our progress whilst we were travelling. Read full review
by Bradley Bergman
by huig ouwehand

Fine ship, fine crew, great trip

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Ascension Island FAQ

Ascension Island follows Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). This means that if it is 20:00 GMT (8 p.m.) during your expedition cruise to Ascension Island, it would be 16:00 (5 p.m.) in New York City, USA, 21:00 (9 p.m.) in London, U.K. and 8:00 (8 a.m.) the following morning in the Antarctic South Pole.   

The average annual temperature ranges from 22 to 31 degrees Celsius (72 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit). The temperature in Georgetown is typically between 23 and 30 degrees Celsius (73 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit) in January, but it cools down by about one degree from August through November.

The tropical dessert climate and remote location makes Ascension Island a good choice for adventurous individuals who would like to experience a once in a lifetime expedition cruise to Ascension Island. 

Ascension Island is a very notable location for wildlife lovers. In fact, it has the Important Bird Area designation from BirdLife International. People who travel to Ascension Island can expect to see numerous seabirds, including Black Noddies, Red-Billed Tropicbirds, Sooty Terns and Ascension Frigatebirds. Another major reason that people take a voyage to Ascension Island is that it provides travelers with the opportunity to see Green sea turtles nesting.

Georgetown is the capital of Ascension Island, and it is home to approximately half of the island’s population. This is Ascension Island’s chief settlement, and it is found on the west coast. There is a small downtown area that includes a hospital, grocery store and library, but local school children have to travel three miles each way per boat to attend classes. 

Ascension Island has a population of 880 residents, and an estimated 450 of them live in the capital city of Georgetown. Interestingly, none of the citizens are indigenous to Ascension Island. Instead, the population is made up of people who originated from 15 places worldwide, including the U.K., the U.S. and Saint Helena.  

Ascension Island is a British overseas territory. It was reportedly first spotted in 1501, but its official date of discovery is listed as May 21, 1503. That date was a holiday, Ascension Day, and this is how the island got its name.

The area has been under British control since 1815, and it is currently home to a Royal Air Force station with a runway extended to serve as an emergency landing strip for the now decommissioned US Space Shuttles.

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Ascension  Island weather

Your Ascension Island cruise brings you into a tropical marine climate. Temperatures along the beaches range from about 20°C at night to 30°C during the day. As you move inland and up the hills temperatures tend to drop by about 5°C as you reach the higher elevations.

Facts about Ascension Island

  • Ascension Island is part of Britain’s overseas territory.
  • Ascension Island has a population of between 700 and 800 people.
  • The Island was discovered by the Portuguese in 1501.
  • The British used Ascension Island as a guard post and naval staging area to make sure nobody tried to help Napoleon escape from St. Helena.
  • The Island’s Long Beach is one of the most important nesting grounds in the world for Green Turtles.
  • Ascension Island became an important resupply station for British ships engaged in anti-slavery patrols in the early 1800s.
  • The Island continues to have a military presence for the British and American forces as it holds a significant strategic location in the Atlantic Ocean.

Travel to Ascencion Island

Part of our route through the Atlantic includes a stop at beautiful Ascension Island. Located in warm tropical waters, your Ascension Island expedition allows you to visit this fascinating island. Bird-watchers will love their Ascension Island cruise, and sport fishing is always available.

The biggest attraction for many of those who travel to Ascension Island is a visit to Long Beach to watch the sea turtles come in to nest.

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