Geologically, is an island of contrasts. In part, a desert with multi-hued ridges and 1,000 ft-high cliffs of bronze-coloured volcanic rock; part green pastures and lush, vegetation filed valleys. There are also a number of unique, endemic plants and wildlife.
Geographically, the island is a mere 47 square miles in area, situated about 1,500 miles north-west of Cape Town and well within the Tropic of Capricorn.
Because of its position, the weather is warm all year round, varying between 32°C (89°F) in April and May, to 21°C (70°F) in October and November. However, higher up in the center of the island, it can get quite cool at night.
Rains usually fall from late March to early May, with April being the height of the rainy season and again in July to September, with August being the height of the rainy season.
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Ascension is peaceful, tranquil and pretty unspoilt.
There are no big hotels or nightclubs, but there is a magnificent bird and marine life, beautiful beaches, fascinating countryside (there are 44 distinctive volcanic craters, for example – all very dormant) and some of the best sports fishing available.
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