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Devil's Island
in French Guiana

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Devil's Island

Île du Diable, ou Devil’s Island, est une petite île située dans le département français de la Guyane, en Amérique du Sud. Cette île fait partie d’un archipel de trois îles connues sous le nom de Îles du Salut. L'île est située à environ 9 km au large de la côte nord-est de la Guyane, à proximité de la ville de Kourou. La superficie totale de l'île est d'environ 8 km carrés et elle est composée de plages de sable blanc, de forêts tropicales et de collines.

L'île du Diable a été connue pour sa prison, qui a été construite par les Français en 1852 et qui a fonctionné jusqu'en 1953. Elle était considérée comme l'une des prisons les plus dures du monde et était utilisée pour les prisonniers politiques et les délinquants. La prison a été immortalisée dans le film Papillon, qui raconte l'histoire d'un prisonnier qui a réussi à s'échapper de l'île.

Au cours des années, l'île a été le théâtre de nombreux événements historiques. En 1852, elle a été désignée par la France comme une prison pour les prisonniers politiques. En 1876, elle a été le site d'une émeute qui a coûté la vie à plus de 150 prisonniers. En 1895, elle a été le théâtre de l'évasion de Henri Charrière, qui a été immortalisée dans le film Papillon. En 1953, elle a été fermée pour de bon.

Aujourd'hui, l'île du Diable est une destination touristique populaire. Les visiteurs peuvent visiter la prison, qui est maintenant un musée, et explorer la nature sauvage et les plages de l'île. L'île abrite également un centre de recherche scientifique, où des chercheurs étudient l'écosystème de l'île et de ses alentours.

Excursion tips for a day in Devil's Island

As a tourist in Devil's Island in French Guiana, there are plenty of activities to experience in a single day. Here are just a few of the possibilities:

1. Take a guided tour of the prison ruins, including the infamous solitary confinement cells.
2. Visit the nearby Indigenous village of Saint-Joseph and learn about the local culture and customs.
3. Go snorkeling in the crystal clear waters around the island and spot a variety of tropical fish.
4. Hike the trails that wind through the island's lush rainforest and spot exotic birds and wildlife.
5. Relax on the beach and take in the stunning views of the Caribbean Sea.
6. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade of the palm trees.
7. Visit the local museum to learn about the history of Devil's Island and its infamous prisoners.
8. Go kayaking around the island and explore the mangrove swamps.
9. Take a boat tour of the surrounding islands and spot dolphins and other marine life.
10. Visit the nearby town of Kourou and explore its shops, restaurants and markets.

Experience Devil's Island with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Devil's Island. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Devil's Island

Devil's Island in French Guiana experiences a tropical climate with high temperatures and humidity throughout the year. During the summer months (December - May), temperatures can reach up to 32°C with high humidity. The rainy season runs from December to April, with the heaviest rainfall in February and March. During the winter months (June - November), temperatures can drop to as low as 21°C and the humidity is slightly lower than in the summer. The dry season runs from June to August and is the best time to visit the island. In conclusion, Devil's Island in French Guiana has a tropical climate with high temperatures and humidity throughout the year, with the heaviest rainfall in February and March and the dry season running from June to August.

Cruise weather for Devil's Island

Our weather forecast for Devil's Island helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 28.4 °C
min: 27.2 °C
27.4 m/s
27.0 m/s
81.8 %
21.4 m
76.2 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 28.3 °C
min: 27.2 °C
16.6 m/s
18.0 m/s
82.5 %
24.1 m
71.6 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 28.4 °C
min: 27.2 °C
30.2 m/s
34.2 m/s
42.9 %
23.1 m
75.9 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 28.3 °C
min: 27.7 °C
31.7 m/s
36.0 m/s
12.1 %
24.1 m
77.8 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 28.3 °C
min: 27.2 °C
28.4 m/s
32.0 m/s
39.1 %
22.2 m
78.8 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 28.3 °C
min: 27.9 °C
31.7 m/s
36.7 m/s
87.1 %
24.1 m
78.1 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 28.3 °C
min: 27.9 °C
28.8 m/s
33.5 m/s
37.2 %
24.1 m
77.6 %
1,014 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 28.3 °C
min: 27.9 °C
26.6 m/s
29.2 m/s
50.6 %
23.8 m
76.0 %
1,014 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 28.1 °C
min: 27.8 °C
27.4 m/s
30.6 m/s
28.4 %
24.1 m
75.8 %
1,013 hPa
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 28.1 °C
min: 27.5 °C
26.6 m/s
28.8 m/s
47.1 %
22.4 m
77.3 %
1,012 hPa
Aug. 4th 2024 Aug. 4th 2024 max: 28.2 °C
min: 27.8 °C
25.2 m/s
26.6 m/s
17.9 %
24.1 m
76.5 %
1,012 hPa
Aug. 5th 2024 Aug. 5th 2024 max: 28.2 °C
min: 27.9 °C
31.7 m/s
36.0 m/s
0.9 %
24.1 m
77.3 %
1,012 hPa
Aug. 6th 2024 Aug. 6th 2024 max: 28.2 °C
min: 27.6 °C
28.4 m/s
33.5 m/s
5.9 %
23.3 m
78.1 %
1,013 hPa
Aug. 7th 2024 Aug. 7th 2024 max: 28.3 °C
min: 27.6 °C
28.1 m/s
32.0 m/s
74.6 %
22.3 m
76.9 %
1,013 hPa

Cruises to Devil's Island

Would you like to travel to Devil's Island on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Devil's Island.

Scheduled ship calls in Devil's Island, French Guiana
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Oct. 12th 2024 Saturday, 12th of Oct. 2024 Seabourn Venture 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Nov. 8th 2024 Friday, 8th of Nov. 2024 Scenic Eclipse 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 14th 2025 Tuesday, 14th of Jan. 2025 Seven Seas Mariner 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 17th 2025 Friday, 17th of Jan. 2025 MS Sirena 07:00 am 04:00 pm
Feb. 3rd 2025 Monday, 3rd of Feb. 2025 P&O Aurora 12:30 pm 06:30 pm
Feb. 15th 2025 Saturday, 15th of Feb. 2025 MS Zaandam 08:00 am 03:00 pm
Apr. 7th 2025 Monday, 7th of Apr. 2025 MS Volendam 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Dec. 1st 2025 Monday, 1st of Dec. 2025 MS Volendam 08:00 am 03:00 pm
Dec. 7th 2025 Sunday, 7th of Dec. 2025 Seven Seas Splendor 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Dec. 8th 2025 Monday, 8th of Dec. 2025 Seven Seas Splendor 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 10th 2026 Saturday, 10th of Jan. 2026 MS Volendam 10:00 am 06:00 pm
Jan. 13th 2026 Tuesday, 13th of Jan. 2026 MS Vista 10:00 am 05:00 pm
Feb. 8th 2026 Sunday, 8th of Feb. 2026 MS Insignia 07:00 am 04:00 pm
Mar. 6th 2026 Friday, 6th of Mar. 2026 Seven Seas Splendor 07:00 am 04:00 pm

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