Who owns Ascension Island?

Ascension Island is part of the United Kingdom Overseas Territory of St Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha. The territory is presided over by a Governor who is resident on St Helena and appointed by HM the Queen.

Can I live in Ascension Island?

Living on Ascension Island. Although the island population fluctuates there are approximately 800 residents living on the island at any one point. There is no indigenous population on Ascension. Instead, the population is made up of employees of the organisations operating on the island.

What language is spoken in Ascension Island?


Ascension Island
Part of UK Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha 12 September 1922
Current constitution 1 September 2009
Capital and largest settlement Georgetown 7°56′S 14°25′W
Official languages English

What is Ascension Island known for?

Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. The island is known to be a global biodiversity hotspot: In addition to 44 endemic species, a number of important fish species, including bigeye tuna, yellowfin tuna, albacore tuna, swordfish, marlin, sailfish and blue sharks are present in the waters around the island.

Are there sharks around Ascension Island?

As many members of the public will be aware, there remain an unusually high number of sharks in the inshore waters around Ascension. Sharks are apex predators, so when in or on the water individuals should exercise caution, both in their own interest and in the interest of other water users.

What is the most isolated island on earth?

Located 2,088 km (roughly 1,300 miles) from Pitcairn Island and 3,767 km (2,340 miles) from Santiago, Chile, the government that administers it, Easter Island may be the most-isolated place on the planet.

What is the most isolated island in the world?

Tristan da Cunha is the remotest inhabited island in the world — now, welcome to its uninhabited, far bleaker counterpart. Its cliffs are sheer. It’s almost entirely covered by a glacier.

Can you swim on Ascension Island?

Along its coastline of roughly 40 kilometers, Ascension island offers about twenty more or less remote beaches, among beautiful landscapes. Of all these beaches, however, only a few are sufficiently protected by the big waves of the Atlantic Ocean and are therefore suitable for swimming.

How close is Ascension Island to the equator?

Just south of the equator, Ascension Island is 700 miles from its nearest neighbour St Helena.