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South Atlantic Rocks

OK hands up all those who can point to Ascension on a map! Top marks for those of you who can. Hands up all those who have been there, not many I'd vouch. Well there's a good reason as to why not many people have been there, this is because it is so far from anywhere else (find it in the world atlas and see for yourself). It is an important island however, communication-wise it serves as a satellite relay base, it is an important halfway refuelling base between the Falklands and the UK. Wide Awake airfield has one of the longest runways in the world and serves as an emergency landing base should the space shuttles need one (although quite how they'd manage to locate Ascension is anybody's guess!) It is also where I spent a week in June 2001 .. for under £50 (you read that correctly) .. one of the perks of serving in the Falkland Islands.

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Me doing the trekking tourist kind of thing on ASI (Ascension Island)

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  • Pros:Unique, remote
  • Cons:Getting there
  • Last visit to Ascension Island: Jan 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Hildeal's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2010 at 7:29 AM

    Hi:) great page! how do I get there by boat?

  • Travmad's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2007 at 9:03 AM

    Excellent! Not many make it here. One of those really out of the way places. It 's on my list.

  • sprdak11's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2007 at 8:42 AM

    Interesting page. Nice to get some information about Ascension Island. Greetings.

  • Ekahau's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2006 at 1:35 PM

    the view from Green Mountain nice page is the place still run byt he BBC

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2006 at 12:41 AM

    Sunburn and mosquitoes? Thanks for the virtual visit, it's as close as I'd like to get.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2006 at 8:20 AM

    Don't know how I missed this little gem for so long! Great photos and info in your T'logues too. I didn't know too much about this place but remember it well from the Falkland's War.

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2006 at 10:18 AM

    Interesting 'off the beaten path' destination !

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2004 at 2:39 AM

    Another dream spot to visit ! You make me really dream with all your remote islands... Thanks !

  • andal13's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2004 at 7:32 PM

    I always thought I lived in a "Where???!!!" country (Uruguay), but this place is so much "Where???!!!" than mine!!!!

  • american_tourister's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2004 at 6:36 AM

    Have they opened the Starbuck's there yet?

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