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Tristan da Cunha

Main attractions

Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, Tristan da Cunha
Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, Tristan da Cunha / CTBTO, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Tristan da Cunha is a part of British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha under the jurisdiction of United Kingdom. It has a dependency - Gough Island - a single island located 400 km to the south from Tristan da Cunha.

Tristan de Cunha Island has one of the most remote permanent civilian settlements in the world - Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, established in 1816.

The Inaccessible Island is one of the least disrupted ecosystems in the cool temperate zone of the world and due to this is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list as a part of the monument "Gough and Inaccessible Islands".

Landmarks

These spectacular islands have numerous interesting landmarks. Here are mentioned just few waterfalls, cliffs, caves - but there are many more.

Inaccessible Island flightless rail
Inaccessible Island flightless rail / Wikimedia Commons / public domain.
  • Big Watron Waterfall - Tristan da Cunha island. Tall, spring fed waterfall on a brook, the main water supply of the Edinburg of the Seven Seas.
  • Caves of Cave Point - southwest of Tristan da Cunha. A group of several caves cut in the volcanic rock by the sea. Occasionally used by islanders to stay overnight during their hunting trips.
  • Cliffs in south-east of Tristan da Cunha - Tristan da Cunha island. Steep (but not vertical) cliffs rising from the sea up to 600 m high.
  • Inaccessible Island ecosystem - Inaccessible Island. One of the least disturbed ecosystems in the world, with high number of endemic species. Here live two species of birds, eight species of plants and 10 species of invertebrates which are not met enywhere else in the world. Inaccessible Island flightless rail (Atlantisia rogersi) is the smallest flightless bird in the world - up to 17 cm long.
  • Waterfall of Waterfall Gulch - Inaccessible Island. Permanent, 230 m tall waterfall with several cascades.

List of described attractions

Islands

Inaccessible Island
Nightingale Islands
Tristan da Cunha

Map of Tristan da Cunha

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