Page Updated: Tristan da Cunha Cruise Ships
|Details of cruise ships that regularly or occasionally visit Tristan da Cunha.
Special 2018 Visitor to Tristan
Competition Winner achieves his Dream Trip
Report and photos from Gan Erez
My name is Gan Erez and I am from Tel Aviv in Israel.
In my office in Tel Aviv I have a big and colourful world map hanging on the wall and every now and then I look at the map, find an interesting island somewhere in the world and then read about it on the internet.
One day about seven years ago I found Tristan Da Cunha on the map and then started reading about it.
I absolutely fell in love with the place and kept reading and watching anything I could find about it and at the same time started dreaming of one day visiting the island.
A year and a half ago my partner and I were on a holiday in Milan Italy, one evening my partner went to sleep early after a long day of sightseeing and I stayed awake and connected to the hotel's Wi-Fi and started just reading different articles on Israel's main news website.
Suddenly I saw an advertisement about a competition held by Israel's biggest travel agency called the Geographical Company. They were challenging their readers to tell them about an unknown destination, some special dream place on our planet that nobody has ever heard of.
I immediately started writing about Tristan and telling them everything I knew about the Island and prayed that I will be the winner
Luckily for me my story about Tristan Da Cunha won the first prize out of 3000 participants and so they generously paid for my trip to Tristan all expenses paid.
I then got in touch with the island, took care of all the formalities and eventually got a berth on the ship Edinburgh that left Cape Town for Tristan on September 12th, 2018.
The trip took 7 days on seas sometimes rough and sometimes fairly quiet and every day that past by I got more and more excited about the idea that soon I will really be there.
When we arrived at Tristan, I couldn't believe that I was actually there. I just couldn't believe my eyes and I was so very happy.
I stayed on the island 16 days with Cliff and Lillie Swain. They are an amazing family that really looked after me, took care of all my needs and cooked for me delicious food. They truly made me feel very welcome and so much at home.
I did all the activities on the island including climbing up to the 1961 volcano, visiting the potato patches, walking to Pigbite etc…
I even got a chance to visit the neighbouring island of Nightingale which was absolutely breath-taking and coming face to face with penguins, seals and yellow nosed albatrosses was one of the most amazing moments of my life.
|Gan out and about with his metal detector.
He became a familiar and popular visitor to the island
and everybody looked out for him to say hello.
As my personal hobby and profession is metal detecting, I brought along with me a brand-new metal detector which I used to search for interesting artefacts left behind by early settlers. I did manage to find a few nice things which I handed over to the local museum, and before leaving for home I donated the metal detector to the islanders as a gift to the island from the people of Israel.
Another interesting thing that I did on the island was teaching the younger school children how to use a metal detector and the children had a great time finding coins that I hid for them in the field right next to their school.
I also gave a presentation about my country to the older local school children and showed them different photos from my country including famous biblical places like Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Nazareth.
The people of Tristan were the kindest and friendliest people you could ever meet in your life. Absolutely wonderful people with a very warm and loving heart and I enjoyed meeting them so much and even had a long conversation with uncle Harold Green who invited me to his house and told me fascinating stories about his life on the island.
I must say that I learned from the islanders many things about the good of mankind along with rich family and human values and I already started implementing everything I learned to my children as soon as I got back home.
Gan with Brian Rogers
who has made these
It was also a great honour for me to be the first ever Israeli visitor on Tristan da Cunha as never before anyone from my country has ever visited the island and ever since I got back home people here have been wanting me to tell them all about my trip. In November I was interviewed about Tristan on the Israeli TV then gave a presentation about Tristan to over a hundred people and there are a few more presentations to come.
I will never forget this beautiful island with its breath-taking landscape and amazing people, there is definitely no other place like it in the world. I Iook forward to keeping in touch with the island and visiting it again one day with my two children.
Visitor Donates a Metal Detector to the Museum
Report and photo from Dawn Repetto
During the recent 2018 visit of the SA Agulhas II, we were very pleased to welcome to Tristan a visitor from Israel called Gan Erez. Gan is a well known metal detectorist, and he won a competition that enabled him to travel to the island. Gan very kindly donated a metal detector to the Museum. This is something Dawn Repetto has always wanted to purchase for the Museum, so she was very excited to receive it. It will be used to help investigate some of sites used in Tristan's early days, such as the Mission Garden.
Repairing the Thatched Roof, 2018
|The roof of the Thatched House Museum needed repairing after winter damage.
New Sign for the Post Office and Tourism Centre
|A new outdoor sign has been made for the Post Office and Tourism Centre local craftman Larry Swain.
Page Updated: Tristan da Cunha Tourism
|The islands have much to attract tourists, including museums, walks, and even a small golf course. Wildlife is a particular attraction during the breeding season.
Tristan Represented at London Cruise Show
|Chris Carnegy attended the Telegraph Cruise Show, January 2017
First UK sales of 'Island Brew' at Lincolnshire's Elder Tree Inn
|Bushy's 'Island Brew' infused with Tristan Island Berries goes on sale in Horsington on the 2nd December 2016.
New Page: Tristan da Cunha Attractions
|Tristan da Cunha has established a number of attractions with visitors and tourists in mind.
- New Page: The British Garrison Geotrail (14-Aug-2016) >>
- Possible National Geographic 'Pristine Seas' Tristan visit. (25-May-2016) >>
- New Page: Tristan da Cunha Visitors' Feedback Form (5-Mar-2016) >>
- Tristan Islanders on the Isle of Man 2015 (11-Apr-2015) >>
- First Overnight Stay in the Tristan Thatched House Museum (1-Jan-2015) >>
- Opening of the Thatched House Museum (19-Dec-2012) >>
- The New Post Office and Tourism Centre (12-Mar-2010) >>
- New Post Office & Police Station building progress (1-Nov-2009) >>