Devils Island Travel Guide

  • Devils Island
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    Former wardhouse
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  • Devils Island
    by Noel_Leon

Devils Island Things to Do

  • explore the island

    a few hours will be enough to explore the island, but it is absolutely worth it !It will be hot & very humid on the islands - one of the reasons, why it was once chosen as a prison by the french government.

  • Now, lets sail to Rio de Janeiro...

    Cruise-ship may not enter the very small port of the Devil islands, and small tenderboats have to take the passengers ashore.Most cruise-ships just stay for about 4 hours on their way to Rio de Janeiro or back

  • Devil island Accomodation for SOFTIES......

    2nd - The SOFT way :Ask your travel-agent...Unique Qualities: maybe some sharks around the ship - but THEY risk to be found on the ship's menu tomorrow...Directions: M/S VISTAFJORD, anchored somewhere around the island...Other Contact: Better get a reservation !Bring lots of $ $ $ $ $ $ $

  • Accomodation & ADVENTURE

    For a vacation on the island I have 2 different recommendations: 1st - the ROUGH way :No charges at all !Unique Qualities: ...mosquitos, spiders, sharks at your disposal ! - all inclusive !Directly on the island, take Papillon's cell or any other - it's your choice...NO reservations needed - plenty of vacancies all over the year...BUT : NO...

  • Devil Island - Hot and humid climate

    Cruiseships will go there during the time of relatively low temperatures......and still you will realize, what the climate in this island will be like in the real hot time with hot humidity and all sorts of tropical insects.

  • Beach with a view on the sharks

    The beaches look great and tempting, but you better FORGET about swimming !Lots of sharks are waiting in these waters...

  • take a walk

    Take a walk - many signs will show you places of interest and you may also get an impression, what the life on the island was like, with only a few paths to walk in a humid and hot climate

  • the prison

    These barracks are in a terrible and mostly even dangerous condition.Watch every step when entering these old barracks !

  • the prison cells

    At many places of the island you may still see the poor houses and barracks, where the prisoners had to live.


Devils Island Transportation

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    "Ferry shuttle" to Devils Island

    by Lord_Freyr Written Sep 8, 2002

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    You have two options to go to Devils Island (three if you count the helicopter option), and the ferry is the first one.

    But if you catch this ferry you will only see the Royal Island, and they are no options for visiting the nearby Joseph island.

    It costs 32 euros for a return ticket.

    I would advice you to reserve your ticket by phoning them. You pay only by cash (no visa card no checks only cash!)

    On the way they normally offer you a map of Royal Island.

    There is a parking for your car.

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Devils Island Off The Beaten Path

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    French Guiana: Devil's Island

    by globetrott Updated May 8, 2016

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    All of these are the names of a tiny island off the coast of French Guyana, an island that once used to be a prison-island untill the year 1948. Captain Dreyfuss was kept in prison here as well as "Papillon", who wrote a book about it, and Hollywood made even a movie about Papillon's story, starring Dustin Hoffmann.
    On the island you can still see some remains of the former prison, there is a small restaurant (and maybe even a hotel, but I am not sure about the hotel).
    Take a walk: 1-2 hours should be enough, when you want to see all the details of the ruins and the places on the beach, that were described in the book.
    Another thing you should considder, when you arrive by cruiseship: the pier of devil's Island is much too small for even a smaller cruiseship, so you will loose a lot of time for the tenderservice !
    I am sorry for the bad quality of my pics here, but all of them were scanned out of a S-8-film, a film that is 8mm wide and 4 mm high.

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    • Photography
    • Adventure Travel
    • Historical Travel

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Devils Island General

  • M/S Vistafjord - anchored off the island

    I came there by the cruiseship M/S Vistafjord.We had to anchor outside of the small port and had a tenderservice for a short shore-leave of 2 hours Just imagine, what happens on such a rather small island, when a cruiseship with 780 passengers & maybe 250 crewmembers off duty will overflow the island for 2 hours...I guess the inhabitants of the...

  • the Devil island today

    Take a walk with me on the island with more pics of the prison-cells under " Must see activities "

  • the local ferry

    We landed our tenders inside the small port, where also the local ferryboat landed according to a regular timetable


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