Getting there & away
It’s worth paying extra to take a comfortable, fume-free catamaran or sailboat, which include sunset servings of rum punch and other services (depending on the company) – these take about 1½ to two hours to reach the islands. Most boats to the islands depart around 8am from Kourou’s ponton des pêcheurs (fishermen’s dock, at the end of Av Général de Gaulle) and return between 4pm and 6pm. Call to reserve, or book in Cayenne or Kourou. Seafaring options:
La Hulotte (32-33-81; US$55) This festive catamaran adds a visit to Île St Joseph and a sail around Île du Diable.
Royal Ti’Punch (32-09-95; US$57) Owned by the auberge, this catamaran includes a shuttle to Île St Joseph and is the only company that doesn’t charge extra for overnight stays.
Sothis (32-09-95; US$35, 1 hr one way) This crowded and fumy ferry visits Île Royale only. At the time of writing it was docked for repairs.