The waters around Ascension Island are home to a large variety of fish, and fishing both from boats and the shore, is extremely popular, both as a hobby and to supplement the local diet. Offshore there are several species that can be found including Tuna, Wahoo, Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado and Shark. Inshore species include Grouper, Bullseye and Conger Eel. There are a number of skippered boats available for at reasonable rate and the hire of the fishing equipment is included in the price. Arrangements can be made via the Obsidian Hotel or at the pier. It is a good idea for visitors to note that fishing from the rocks in Ascension can be extremely dangerous as there are tidal surges, races and the sea state can be highly unpredictable. Before attempting any form of fishing it is best to seek the advice of an experienced local fisherman.
Surprisingly despite the islands’ lunar landscape, golf is a popular game on Ascension. With experience gained on the notorious One Boat course, Ascension Island residents make challenging opponents. Competitions take place almost every weekend and for small fee visitors can join in. The 18 hole course at One Boat is situated halfway between Georgetown and Two Boats Village. The “Greens” which are locally called “Browns” and are made from crushed compacted lava which has been smoothed flat with diesel oil, at the edges of the fairway can be found large volcanic boulders. This course makes for a unique and interesting game. The cost of a game is comparatively cheap compared to other parts of the world. After a game the clubhouse can provide visitors with a refreshing drink in a friendly atmosphere.
Beaches on Ascension are of dazzling white sand but as the tides and seas around the island are unpredictable, swimming in the ocean is only advised at English Bay and Comfortless Cove and even then with caution. The beaches are never crowded and the weather is nearly always hot and sunny, so on a good day when the sea conditions are right the rental or purchase of a mask and snorkel is well rewarded by the sight of the many tropical fish. There are two swimming pools on Ascension which are free to use and open to the public. There is a small salt water pool in Georgetown and at Two Boats Village behind the Two Boats Club there is a larger fresh water pool.
Two Boats Club
Located in Two Boats village, which lies about fifteen minute drive form Georgetown, the facilities here include a billiard/snooker/pool room, darts, gaming machines and a skittle alley. Live music and discos are a regular event as are “Mountain Grill” dinners. Lunches are served most days; evening meals can be arranged by prior arrangement
Located in Georgetown, the club has a pleasant atmosphere and interior that displays photos of St Helena and Ascension. Facilities include gaming machines, darts, pool and snooker tables. Other forms of entertainment are available most weeks.
Volcano Club Snack Bar, American Base
Located on the American Base, the Snack Bar sells a variety of American style fast food (including T-bone steak, burgers and pizzas etc.). It is an extremely popular place for a lively evening out.
Reflections Coffee Shop
Located in Georgetown, just across the road from the Post Office, this coffee shop is open most mornings/afternoons. You can sit under a shaded patio, relax and enjoy a variety of cakes and savouries as well as hot and cold drinks
Car hire is essential to enable proper and full exploration of the island – the low level of traffic makes for stress free driving. A small fleet of vehicles is available from the Obsidian Hotel. All vehicles are clean, well maintained and comprehensively insured. The types of vehicles that are available include Ford Laser, Citroen, Ford Fiesta, and Toyota Pickup. Hire cars are very popular so it’s a good idea to reserve one in advance to avoid any disappointment.