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Prison Island & Nakupenda SandBank (Boat Trip)
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Prison Island & Nakupenda SandBank (Boat Trip)

By Zan archpelago tours & safaris
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Ages 1-100
Duration: 9h
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  • Pick up and drop off from your Hotel (Around stone town)
  • Seafood’s lunch and drinks
  • Mineral water
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Services of Experienced Professional Tour guide
  • Zanzibar Traditional boat fees
  • Entry/Admission - Nakupenda Beach Nature Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
What's not included
  • Guide tip
  • Expenses of a personal nature


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
    Meeting point is near the house of wonder opposite to forodhani park
Pickup details
  • We pick up travelers around Stone town for free, any pick up outside Stone town will include extra transport charges.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    Airport pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included airports.
    • Kisauni Airport, Tanzania
    Port pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
    • Zanzibar Port
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Near public transportation
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 193132P27

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      How much is Prison Island & Nakupenda SandBank (Boat Trip)?
      Prison Island & Nakupenda SandBank (Boat Trip) price starts from $150.00. Discover and book Prison Island & Nakupenda SandBank (Boat Trip) on Tripadvisor
      What is the Prison Island & Nakupenda SandBank (Boat Trip) cancellation policy?
      Prison Island & Nakupenda SandBank (Boat Trip) cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Prison Island & Nakupenda SandBank (Boat Trip) on Tripadvisor
      Which company provides Prison Island & Nakupenda SandBank (Boat Trip)?
      Prison Island & Nakupenda SandBank (Boat Trip) is hosted by Zan archpelago tours & safaris. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Zan archpelago tours & safaris on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Prison Island & Nakupenda SandBank (Boat Trip) on Tripadvisor
      How much time do I need for Prison Island & Nakupenda SandBank (Boat Trip)?
      On average, this experience will take approximately 9h. Discover and book Prison Island & Nakupenda SandBank (Boat Trip) on Tripadvisor

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 193132P27

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      Itinerary
      • You'll start at
        Stone Town
        Or, you can also get picked up
        See departure details
      • 1
        Nakupenda Beach Nature Reserve
        Stop: 5 hours - Admission included
        See details
      • 2
        Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
        Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
        See details
      • You'll return to the starting point
      About the operator
      Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
      • Zan archpelago tours & safaris
        277
        Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
        Joined in September 2019
      • 690tinek
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Unsafe and not with a proper guide onboard!
        This was a complete rip off. The guide from Zan Archepelago Tours and Safaris met us at our hotel and walked us to a local boatsman, who then took us out to the sad turtle island, where one gets the feeling that it's not really a sanctuary - it's a poorly kept petting zoo. The so-called "guide" that the boatsman had with him, had very limited knowledge of English, and the two had nothing to do with Zan Archepelago Tours. I could have paid 1/10 of the price directly to the boatsman, if I had wanted a plain haggling tour like this. I am super disappointed and had a very unprofessional experience, where our bench broke due to high seas and I also had to insist on them bringing life jackets for us! Once we started the boat trip, they realised that only one jacket was functional. They borrowed equipment for us through another boatsman. All in all a complete haggle and a complete fraud. Don't go on a boat trip with this company if you want a professional experience, that's for sure.
        Written February 22, 2024
      • brabgw
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing experience
        My guide Luckman did an excellent job- very informative and concerned for my safety and wellbeing. I highly recommend this tour.
        Written December 30, 2023
      • Roam27872591428
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing!
        We had the best guide and captains! They were so sweet, informing and suuuper helpful. A 5/5 experience
        Written November 28, 2023
      • wanderlust_Riz
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing Zanzibar with Ismail
        I have wanted to visit Zanzibar since I was a kid. We got to do it this summer. I contacted them via WhatsApp and created a custom itinerary including stone town tour, Nakupenda and Safari Blue. Ocho was our driver from the airport pickup to airport drop off. What a great driver. What an amazing trip. It was as planned and Ismail was our guide and it was perfect! I would highly recommend Ismail and the team. Don't hesitate, Do it !
        Written November 12, 2023
      • PearlT662
        0 contributions
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        Not the best experience
        The guide did not explain the history of prison island well. After verifying with Google it seemed the story was incorrect. We were left at the tortoise place alone while others had a guide. It felt as if we did not have a guide. Our tour was also shorter than expected - 3 hours we finished in 2 hours. No mineral water was provided and snorkeling was only proposed after we asked.
        Written November 6, 2023
      • phil_p513
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Experience the spices and fruits on this mini tour
        I have not been to the spice farms around Stone Town but being on the East coast, this place was the closest. A quite modest plot but contained many many examples of the spice and fruit grown in Zanzibar. It took around 90 minutes and ended with drinking fresh coconut ant being presented with woven palm adornments 😃We were knowledgeablely guided around by our guide and his two understudies. Interactive with lots to taste touch and smell.
        Written October 18, 2023
      • M6353EEannem
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic day trip to see highlights around Stone Town
        Fantastic day with Ismael from Zan Archipelago tours. It was a long day but we loved each part to it. Ismael made the day fun and interesting with his knowledge and good humor. The day was paced just right, starting with the spice gram with a very tasty lunch and great information about individual spices and their uses followed by a visit to seethe large tortoises when the place was less busy in the afternoon. The final hour and a half in Stone Town was then at the end of the day and we particularly found the slave museum very interesting but tragic of course. We were a group of 4 adults and this trip is definitely worth the long day.
        Written October 7, 2023
      • stoontraveler
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        great all encompassing tour.
        This is a great tour to get in all the stops in one package. Mady was a great tour guide and very knowledgable. We had rain at the spice farm which is out of everyone's control but they were ready to accommodate us in shelters. the meal at the spice farm was delicious.The history provided on Zanzibar at the church stop and the information on the slave trade was very interesting.
        Written October 7, 2023
      • jomarea
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        October 2023 Zanzibar Trip
        Very informative excursion. The spice tour was great, our instructor made up a game while introducing each spice which made it more interesting. Mady did a great job retelling Zanzibars extensive history all while making it fun. Would recommend for the stone town and prison tour portion of the trip to bring a fan and bottle of water.
        Written October 2, 2023
      • Lesli J
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Absolute BEST Walking Tour EVER!
        We were so impressed with our guide, Mady’s deep and broad historical grasp of Zanzibar, its people and culture. Our favorite stops were Darajani market, and the old fort, as well as hanging out at Jaws Corner.
        Written October 1, 2023
      • jojodesch
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Zanzibar Delight
        This tour is a great way to see Zanzibar in a full day. If you want to experience food, fauna, culture, history, the markets and the daily lives of the people in Zanzibar then this trip is for you. Our friendly tour guide Mady was very informative and well versed on the history and information of the Zanzibar region. You will not be disappointed and will only want to know more about Zanzibar and it’s rich history and culture.
        Written September 28, 2023
      • sizamora90
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highly recommended tour!
        Great half a day tour, a must do while in Zanzibar. Very knowledgeable and friendly guide and driver! This group of 4 friends truly enjoyed exploring and tasting the Spice Farm, the walking tour around downtown Stonetown and Slave Market, and the boat tour to Prison Island to feed gigantic tortoise!
        Written September 25, 2023
      • P9272LKdoreenb
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Walking Stone Town
        The tour guide, Ismael, was friendly and knowledgeable of the history. However, it is advisable not to take the tour at 16:30 as it run approximately 2 1/2 hours not 3 hours. Moreover, in the late afternoon/ evening, many of the vendors in the fish and spice markets had closed their workstations and the slave trade exhibit had also closed. Nonetheless, Ismael, made the time enjoyable.
        Written September 24, 2023
      • GeorgeWhitediver
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Good package
        We started our day with Spice tour. We had the chance the see and taste a good bunch of daily used spices and fruits, never seen before in their original state. Farm guide was very knowledgeable and fun to be with. Lunch was excellent!!! In overall a great experience, everyone in the farm was friend and fan to interact. Before we leave, we were visited by red monkeys, as a bonus. A must do. Then we went to Stone Town, where we met out guide Mady. Not only he is knowledgeable, but he is genuinely interested and well read about history of Zanzibar and beyond. We had an excellent introduction on Zanzibar and Stone town history and a great discussion. Then we started our walk of the city where apart from the historic details, Mady shared some excellent tips on eating and shopping in the town. Finally we visited Prison Island. Although we understand that is a tourist attraction, we did not find anything interesting about it. At some point the whole island and its building was transformed to hotel and restaurants, which are closed now. All the buildings were unattended in a derelict state. Also, the tortoise seemed exhausted from all the patting and massaging of the tourists. In total, the tour is well build and a good package for a full day. Everyone is very knowledgeable and friendly and we really had a good time. Only complain I have for the tour operator is that they list House of Wonders and People's Palace Museum in their itinerary, although these site are closed for public since 2020. (House of Wonders collapsed in 2020 and People's Palace Museum is a work in progress).
        Written September 8, 2023
      • Travel38120862321
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        A good experience
        It was great do see the big turtle’s, the Guide knew a lot about the prison island. It was a good experience. And the stone town Touré was good, too.
        Written September 2, 2023
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      Scienceguy
      8 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2021 • Solo
      Prison Island was fun enjoyed the big tortoises. Anyone with kids is going to have a blast there.

      Nakupenda Island was gorgeous. I snorkeled for hours saw soany different types of fish and Ocean life

      Sea food lunch was very tasty.
      Written August 12, 2021
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      As we absolutely know that, the good job and beautiful things need to be appreciated. Likewise, we would thoroughly like to say thanks for your good expected results, what a nice review you gave us to help keeping moving forward. Stay safe and connected. Have a great day. Asante sana.
      Written August 12, 2021
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      Saoirse M
      Delvin, Ireland3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Had an excellent day trip with Muustar. Very friendly and polite. He was able to answer questions and the day was very chill - no rushing or stuck to a time limit. He also very kindly offered to take photos throughout the day. The food on the sandbar was delicious. I would definitely recommend this to visitors to Stone Town.
      Written December 15, 2022
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      Thank you for being a part of us. Have a great day. Asante sana
      Written December 16, 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Travel Guy
      San Francisco, CA60 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nice experience. The prison island was interesting to see and learn about. The tortoises were my favorite part. Being able to feed and touch them was very cool. Nakupenda sandbank was such a nice relaxing experience. Our guide set up a tent for shade. We had fresh fruit then shortly after we were served lobster, shrimp, tuna, fries, and octopus. Pretty good food overall.

      Beware of the crabs that bury in the sand and walk all over the beach. If you close your eyes too long you might wake up to a surprise! Even that, the crabs are pretty shy and run once they see you walking by. Fun experience.
      Written May 22, 2022
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      We thank you for your good feedback. Stay safe and connected have a great day. Asante sana.
      Written May 22, 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Vnyrdr
      USA388 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2022
      An excellent trip all around. Yussef was a great guide, got us to the tortoises before the huge crowd, and had a great afternoon snorkeling and relaxing on the sandbar beach. Great lunch. Would definitely recommend!
      Written November 1, 2022
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      Thank you so much for your good response stay safe and enjoy your life
      Written November 1, 2022
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      JenPark
      10 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      I booked a tour with Zan Archipelago but then got very sick the morning of and could not go. The people at Zan were very understanding and accommodating and were able to refund part of my money. Excellent customer service.
      Written July 3, 2022
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      We absolutely have no nothing to say with exception thank you very much. Wish you a good day and stay tuned.
      Written July 4, 2022
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      Fana M
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2023 • Couples
      My boyfriend and I spent 5 days in Zanzibar and loved it. We went on two days of tours with Zan Archpelago Tours. We booked the first one through TripAdvisor and our guide was Ishmael. He was fantastic - super knowledgeable, personable and fun. We booked the second tour with this operator via WhatsApp because we couldn’t find an existing itinerary that covered everything we wanted, so this tour operator prepared an itinerary based on our specific preferences. Ishmael was so great that we requested him again for our second day. All the activities were so well organized and a lot of fun. Highly recommend Zan Archpelago and specifically Ishmael.
      Written January 3, 2024
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      Thanks Ifanam
      Written January 5, 2024
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      Zisimos Z
      Amsterdam, The Netherlands29 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mady was a super nice guy providing with all the possible info about the sights : )

      The people on the boat were also amazing and super friendly!

      The food we had at Nakupenda sandbank couldn’t be described in words… simply outstanding! Special credits to Zia who bbq everything for us on the spot!!
      Written February 28, 2022
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      Thank you Ziaimos Stay safe and connected. Asante sana
      Written March 1, 2022
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      Lidia
      Switzerland2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      We had a very good experience with a very nice guide (Yassin).
      We started our private tour with the visit of Prison Island. Our guide explained a lot of things about the island but also about Zanzibar in general. It was very interesting.
      We could spend some time with the giant tortoises, we even could feed them, touch them and take a lot of pictures with them.
      Then we went to Nakupenda Island. This sandbank is really beautiful and the snorkeling is amazing !
      The food was abundant and delicious, both the fruit platter and the seafood platter (with fries).
      Finally, Yassin walked us through Stone Town to help us find some items we were looking for and then walked us back to our hotel.
      It is a bit expensive but everything is included and well organized so it is worth the money !
      Noteworthy: we were able to book the trip on the evening before.
      Written December 8, 2021
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      To give our clients the real value of their money is our responsibility. We thank you for the review. Stay safe and turned have a great day. Asante sana.
      Written December 8, 2021
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      Nicole H
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sep 2021 • Couples
      The Ocean was very calm we basically enjoyed swimming, snorkeling and sandbank while we have tropical fruits before getting our big meals of fresh delicious seafoods our guide Yussuf was absolutely fantastic. What a nice company to go with, highly recommended
      Written September 22, 2021
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      As we absolutely know that, the good job and beautiful things need to be appreciated. Likewise, we would thoroughly like to say thank for your good expected results, what a nice review you gave us to help keeping moving on. Stay safe and turned. Have a great day. Asante sana.
      Written September 23, 2021
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Prison Island & Nakupenda SandBank (Boat Trip) provided by Zan archpelago tours & safaris

      Product Overview: Prison Island & Nakupenda SandBank (Boat Trip)

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      540 minutes