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Devil's Island

Cayenne, French Guiana
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Site of Infamous French Prison

You get to this island by ship's tender, weather permitting. Besides the prison site, there is a... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2017
Toronto, Ontario

Lots of french dark history, but the place is beautiful. We made the reservation online with... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2017
nicole j
San Francisco, California
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17 Apr 2017
“Site of Infamous French Prison”
14 Mar 2017
Cayenne, French Guiana
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

You get to this island by ship's tender, weather permitting. Besides the prison site, there is a guest hotel and resort facilities available. This historic site is not terribly well kept and the signage could have been better, but you certainly get the idea of...More

1  Thank myraevans1942
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Lots of french dark history, but the place is beautiful. We made the reservation online with Promaritime (shuttle) in Kourou. Everything went really well. There is one good restaurant on Ile Royale, they advertise they have a great guide to tour the island . Be...More

2  Thank nicole j
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Tropical island charm. Lovely palm trees and ocean views. There are three or four trail options for exploring the island from short walks to a long walk around the whole island. Lots of old buildings to explore-- most of them having to do with the...More

1  Thank Vonnie J
Reviewed 16 February 2017

we visited this amazing place as part of a cruise. A set of 3 tropical islands which could - and should - be a tropical paradise actually became the gates of hell. Each of the 3 islands formed part of a notorious French penal colony....More

3  Thank Ges R
Reviewed 14 February 2017

"Devil's Island", officiallyis one of three islands in the Iles du Salut ("Salvation Islands"), the other two being Ile Royale and Ile Saint-Joseph, but all three comprising the "Bagne de Cayenne" (the French "Penal Colony of Cayenne"). Ile du Diable ("Devil's Island") was used for...More

2  Thank mccorquinn
Reviewed 11 February 2017

This was a port of call on a cruise ship and a most pleasant stop as well. The only island you can visit is Isla Royale Andre actual Devil's Island is off limits so you can only view it from Isle Royale. There is a...More

2  Thank Anthony S
Reviewed 5 January 2017

A good day trip. Katamaran ride is enjoyable. Nice crew. Devils islands are an i terestng view if French history. Plenty of wildlife too on the 3 islands. Tske mosqito spray and suncreen!

1  Thank MarkPurdue
Reviewed 15 November 2016

What a very pretty sight we happened upon in the middle of nowhere. We tendered across a short distance to the Island covered in green vegetation , animals & old penal ruins, a church & other buildings at the top of the hill. The walking...More

8  Thank NihonBaba
Reviewed 24 October 2016

This site, made famous by "Papillon", is the best tourist attraction in French Guiana, boasting historical buildings from the infamous penal colony and pleasant walking paths among palm trees. A quaint hotel and restaurant are available.

2  Thank Cbertoni
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Devil's island itself is a bit unapproachable but the broader sense of Devil's Island includes the former prison now hotel. The island has some beautiful birds, the world's biggest rodents, and some aggressive monkeys. Very pleasant though a bit warm.

2  Thank AbleDanger
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I'm going to be in Cayenne in March and would like to visit Devil's Island / Royal island. Are tours available from Cayenne? Which tour companies do this tour? Thanks
1 February 2016|
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Response from masterecho | Reviewed this property |
There are permanent residents and an hotel on the island, so there must be a ferry. Cayenne is the most likely ferry point but we came here by cruise ship and cannot advise on other options for reaching the island. Try an... More
Do tours operate 12/30-31???
14 November 2015|
Response from MaarkChristopherCook |
Do devils island tours operate 12/30-31
We are travelling from the UK. Do we (did you) need the yellow fever vaccination? Thank you Pat
11 January 2015|
Response from 4bearsie | Reviewed this property |
Hi Pat I do think travelers from the UK need Yellow Fever vaccinations but check with your health professional to be sure. You are given a certificate which you have to carry with you for proof. It is mainly for re-entering... More