Before they were a notorious penal colony, the Îles du Salut (Islands of Salvation) provided French colonists with a welcome escape from the fever-ridden jungles of the Guiana mainland. Lying ten miles off the coastline, and swept by treacherous ocean currents, the trio of small islands provided a perfect isolated location for incarcerating criminals without danger or expense, since the shark-infested sea and the trackless jungles ashore precluded any possibility of escape.
All three islands, popularly known as Devil's Island, were used as a prison from 1852 to 1953.
Devil's Island Tour:
Although the group is commonly called ""Devil´s Island"", visitations are permitted only to Île Royale and Île St Joseph. Join our expedition team to explore ashore and learn about the history and natural history of the area. Monkeys, Agouties and other animals have been introduced to the island and can be observed when visiting.