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Wonders of Tristan da Cunha

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

WorldBlue  Highlights

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".

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WorldViolet Top wonders of Tristan da Cunha

Geological wonders

Cliffs in south-east of Tristan da Cunha

Steep (but not vertical) cliffs rising from the sea up to 600 m high.

Waterfall of Waterfall Gulch

Permanent, 230 m tall waterfall with several cascades.

Caves of Cave Point

A group of several caves cut in the volcanic rock by the sea. Occasionally used by islanders to stay overnight during their hunting trips.

Big Watron Waterfall

Tall, spring fed waterfall on a brook, the main water supply of the Edinburg of the Seven Seas.

Biological wonders

Ecosystem of Inaccessible Island

One of the least disturbed ecosystems in the world, with a high number of endemic species. Here live two species of birds, eight species of plants, and 10 species of invertebrates that are not met anywhere else in the world. Inaccessible Island flightless rail (Atlantisia rogersi) is the smallest flightless bird in the world – up to 17 cm long.

Inaccessible Island flightless rail, Tristan da Cunha

WorldYellow Recommended books

St Helena: Ascension and Tristan Da Cunha (Bradt Travel Guide)

Rugged, volcanic, and very remote, the three tiny islands of St Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha dot the South Atlantic like so many bits of flotsam. As Napoleon’s place of exile following the Battle of Waterloo, St Helena has gained notoriety that assures its place in the travel lexicon. This fully revised edition includes information on St Helena’s new airport, which makes it possible for the first time for visitors to explore the island’s natural and historic attractions without a five-day sea voyage to get here.

Three Years in Tristan Da Cunha

Katherine Mary Barrow: Wife of the Rev. J. G. Barrow, Missionary Clergyman in Tristan Da Cunha, and fellow-worker with him on that island.

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