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“big tortoises and lovely beach” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Prison Island - Changuu Private Island

Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
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Full-Day Zanzibar Island Tour from Dar Es Salaam
Ranked #2 of 37 things to do in Stone Town
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“big tortoises and lovely beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

We went on a private tour organized by a guide. The boat trip was just the right length--be warned that you need to wade a bit though!
We did snorkel but found that the water had stinging jellyfish and the coral was not very exciting. We went to visit the tortoises and it was clear that our guide was very knowledgeable. You could go right up to the tortoises and stroke their heads. We saw tiny babies and enormous tortoises. the rest of the island is pleasant and we walked about. we spent a little while on the beach and had a pleasant time swimming.
As a half day trip this was just right.

Visited February 2013
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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“prison island”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

there are turtles in the island which was boring

but the icing in the cake was snorkling few miles away from prison island
and it was amazing looking at the coral reef and different kinds of fishes under water

Visited March 2013
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“Prison Island - a mixed bag”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

The tortoise exhibit was very interesting; these critters are surpassed in size only by the Galapagos species. The males go up to 250Kg.
The snorkeling was a disappointment. The coral heads are alive, and are only about 10 feet down. But the bottom is shallow and sandy and gets stirred up by anchors from all the boats taking snorkelers out, so visibility is not so great.
The trip out to the island is a great photo op... I got some good shots of traditional dhows.

Visited February 2013
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Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
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“Beautiful island with giant Alhambra tortoises”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

Prison Island is a short 20 minute boat ride from Stonetown. It features spectacular views over the water but most importantly, a collection of endangered giant Alhambra tortoises - some as much as 158 years old. These are remarkable creatures and one can actually interact with them openly. A brilliant excursion from Stonetown that every visitor to Zanzibar should try to make.

Visited March 2013
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“Beautiful - take your swimmers! With huge tortoises too!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

This is a great short trip off from Stone Town. We just hired someone who approached us. Its a short 3/4hr ride and the island is beautiful - they don't tell you in the guide book. Theres a really pretty lagoon - take your swimmers and a snorkel - its really really nice.
The old prison is worth a look but not particularly interesting but the tortoises are definately worth the trip. Our guide showed us how to massage their legs and neck so they stick them out and close their eyes - very cute.
A great little trip.

Visited February 2013
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