Awarradam island is located near the rapid with the same name, approx. 225 km from Paramaribo. The local people pronounce the name as ‘Awaadan’. ‘Awaa’ (Awara) is an orange-colored palm fruit and ‘dan’ (dang) means rapid. Awarradam lies in the Gran Rio River which merges with the Pikin Rio River, 30 km upstream. At this point the Upper Suriname River begins, flowing out into Brokopondo hydro lake, 75 km upstream. The water level in the dry season can almost be 6 meters lower than in the rainy season! The village Atyoni, somewhat south of the hydro lake, is the most southern destination in Suriname to reach by road. From Paramaribo, the trip takes 4 to 5 hours. The boat trip to Awarradam takes 8 to 10 hours, depending on the water level. The airplane takes you to Kajana in 50 minutes. The remaining 10 km are continued by dug-out canoe. Awarradam lies at approx. 20 minutes by boat, south of the last village in the area.