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Devil's Island

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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 guest hotel and resort facilities available. This historic site is not terribly... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2017
Toronto, Ontario
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Toronto, Ontario
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89 reviews
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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 how inhumane this place was. Hard to believe it was still open until 1955. The... More 

1 Thank myraevans1942
San Francisco, California
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52 reviews
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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 careful he is off on monday , they don't say it. Could be really hot.... More 

2 Thank nicole j
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 prison. Saw some monkeys that were not the least bit timid and a parrot. Be... More 

1 Thank Vonnie J
Bourne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
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. Tourists are confined to the middle island - Ile royale - where the many buildings... More 

3 Thank Ges R
Gold Coast, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 430 helpful votes
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 political prisoners after its establishment by Napoleon III in 1852, and operated for just over... More 

2 Thank mccorquinn
Brisbane, Australia
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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 dock for tenders to access and a most pleasant walk around the island, through the... More 

2 Thank Anthony S
Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 4 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
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 14 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 tracks around the small Island are good. Shaded most of the way with tropical trees... More 

8 Thank NihonBaba
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101 reviews
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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
Annapolis, Maryland
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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.

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