Iles du Salut Travel Blog› entry 26 of 123 › view all entries
As I had the weekend before I could get my visa on Monday, I decided to head out the Salvation Islands (Iles du Salut) just off the coast from Kourou. Its easily done as a day trip (€46) by catamaran. Lucikly Elisa volunteered to take me to Kourou, about 60km from Cayenne, where the boats depart from...at 6.30 in the morning - what a star this girl is!!
The boat trip was cool, nice and relaxing. I got chatting (in French!!) to a couple (Robin and Anne) who were living/studying in Cayenne - we walked round the islands together along with an English girl Nicki who I had seen in the queue for the visas yesterday. The islands have great history as one of France's penal colonies - pretty destitute places where people like Alfred Dreyfrus and Papillion were sent for punishment for things like treason.
Meeting Robin and Anne was a god-send aswell as they offered me a lift back to Cayenne (there's no public transport so you can't get a bus or anything)...it saved me from hitch-hiking which I was most grateful for!! The sun's really strong and draining here, so it was just a flake out evening when I got back and I had to turn down Damien's offer to take me to some local party....I don't think it was that good as he came back after about an hour!!
I used a company called La Hulotte (www.lahulotte-fg.fr) who charged €46 for a day trip. This included getting to and from the islands (about 2 hours each way) and coffee/drinks on board (no food is provided). They were pretty good and the crew were friendly.