Cruises from Devil's Island
Devil’s Island (14ha), along with Île Royale (28ha) and Saint-Joseph Island (20ha), form the Salvation’s Islands, lying 13km NE off the coast of French Guinana in the Atlantic Ocean. The islands were part of the penal colony of Cayenne from 1852 to 1953, that also included mainland sites. Most of the 80,000 prisoners never returned to metropolitan France, dying from tropical diseases and brutal conditions. Devil's island, Île du Diable, housed no more than 12 persons in moderate freedom due to the difficulty of escape.
Today the two larger islands are open to the public, with some of the old prison buildings restored as museums. They receive 50,000 tourists a year.