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Prison Island - Changuu Private Island

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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Off the Coast From Stone Town | Shangani, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 3395, Tanzania
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We arrived at low tide. It was very interesting to see the giant tortoises. We also saw a small antelope. Its a pity that plastic bottles spoil the pristine environment.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank cobusm2017
Reviewed 6 days ago

Prison Island is very pretty but to be absolutely honest, unless you have never seen Giant tortoises before, the best part about the tour is the boat ride. We had a fabulous guide and he went out of his way to explain the history of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lutzie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was different .I saw the biggest turtelles maybe in the world.There was a nice garden and a brigge. I did’nt swimm there.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank mericb2019
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a boat from Stone Town - Forodhani Beach. Loads of boat men will be around and you may need to bargain the rates with them to take you to Prison Island and bring you back. Once there, you pay the entry, do not...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must see in Zanzibar, was not sure about visiting it, very happy I decided to do so !! You will love it !!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank veronicagI4693ZX
Reviewed 1 week ago

The boatman said the island tour will be about 3 hours in total - 2 hours on prison island with and 1 hour snorkelling. We only realised the boatman is not a guide when we got to the island and he left us to wonder...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank footprintsandpoetry
Reviewed 1 week ago

The turtles are sooo huge on the island and the water surrounding the island is beautiful! The views are picture perfect!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Sameem29
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Prison Island - Changuu Private Islann is an excellent place to go fro a swim, enjoyijng the sun and great sandy beach...aalso to se the giant turtles

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Silvana J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Myself and 3 friends arranged a tour to Prison Island during our stay in Stone Town with a guy on the beach called Paul. We went to visit the Aldabra tortoises on the island and to go snorkelling. The Giant Tortoise Conservation area is fantastic....More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank pavlovawoman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I didn't see anything prison-related other than the building (is there more?) but just being able to be around 100 year old giant tortoises was enough! So cool to imagine them being around over 100 years ago and they are huge! Great fun for kids!

Date of experience: March 2019
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October 15, 2018|
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Response from Gilda18 | Reviewed this property |
My best tip for anyone wishing to go to or to visit anywhere is to contact Ali +255 773 518 781. A special person, of integrity, endless customer service, and a great deal of knowledge. He were lucky to find him and highly... More
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Response from munirah97 | Reviewed this property |
Hey sorry for the late reply ..yes you can travel alone
September 12, 2018|
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Response from ianwI9721RS | Reviewed this property |
There is an additional small charge to go around the island to see the tortoises etc. No charge for the snorkelling.