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“Visit to the caves” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mangapwani Coral Cave

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Visit to the caves”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

Quite off the beaten track. Unless you fancy walking through the old hidden tunnel that connects the chamber under the ground to the sea (approx 1 km away) or the town (3 Kms away), the whole visit will take approx 15 mins (inside the cave). The tunnels are supposed to be very claustrophobic, and pitch dark, with uneven floor and quite narrow in places. Slaves Were forced to go through the tunnel leading to the sea (downhill), received by a dhow at the other end, and off they went. I was given to understand if I were to walk towards the sea, I'd need a boat on the other side, as there was no way of coming back the same way... The overall experience was a bit of an anti-climax

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Saman J
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Lillestrom, Norway
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Interesting only in context of what it was used for”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

This is a small cave. There is a steep stairways down into the cave (which was not there when it was in use). The cave was used to store slaves after the slave market was closed down. The cave in it self is not very interesting. The only interesting part is contemplating how the slaves had it in this cave.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank akaLars
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at sea
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188 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“down under”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

Not very exciting and used very heavily by everyone for many years, this is a tired place that needs attention to make it an attraction, the nearby sand beach is worth the visit though....You cannot go into the cave very far....watch out for the giant millipedes that live in the cool dark.

Visited October 2012
2 Thank Footsac
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traveling cat
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311 reviews
180 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Very good for the history”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2012

The cave is a ways up the coast from Stone Town so not easy to get to unless you have a driver or a car. But it is an important site as part of the history of the slave trade in Zanzibar. There are steps now to get into the cave but it is still a bit tricky and you have to walk carefully if you move around in the cave past the steps. Your guide will tell you of the slave trade and how slaves were just dropped into the cave (no steps then) and taken out through tunnels to the beach where they would be loaded onto dhows for shipping away. they also take you through the brush to see where the exit from the cave is located. rather a somber trip and visit but again, historic and unique for the area.
There was supposed to be a fee but we only had to give our guide a tip and didn't pay anything else. There are no facilities there at all and it is certainly not accessible for anyone who can't climb down the stairs on their own.

Visited March 2012
3 Thank carpefeline
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Important to see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2011

While it isn't a full-on tour, this is an important site in Zanzibar and will give you real insight into the history of the slave trade there.

4 Thank rlw1226
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