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Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
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Prison Island Half-Day Tour from Zanzibar
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Full-Day Stone Town and Prison Island Tour in Zanzibar
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Full-Day Zanzibar Island Tour from Dar Es Salaam
Ranked #2 of 42 things to do in Stone Town
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed August 15, 2013

I hired some local fishermen to take me to changuu in a dhow (not motor boat, but a small sail boat). the journey to prison island was fun. I snorkeled a bit and also checked out the giant tortoise on the island. It was a good short trip. must do!

Thank Bhupesh B
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

This was the last thing that i visited in Zanzibar, but believe me it was totally amazing. You can take a boat from Stone Town and it should cost some $25 or maybe less if you negotiate. We were a group of 6 so never needed any bargaining. It takes about 25 minutes of boat sail to reach the island. The island has a conservation project for large land turtles. They are so big and old that they can hardly walk for some distance and then rest. I saw one which was 155 yrs old and really massive. However the management claims to have a 182 yrs old turtle. You can click photographs with them but do not sit on them. Note : For Non residents there is a fee of Shilling 7000 or $4 to see these turtles. This includes guide fee.
Next to the conservation area is the old prison (from which the prison island derives its name). It has now been converted into a restaurant. The complete island is very small but very beautiful. Children get a very small beach in which they can play and overall it is a very beautiful area.

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

This was one of the highlights of my Zanzibar trip.

I took a "shared" trip which consisted of 3 people as was virtually like a private tour and only cost $14! The giant tortoises were amazing. There were signs everywhere saying you shouldn't touch them, but most people seemed to be ignoring these and were petting them.

The snorkelling was surprisingly good. The reef around Prison Island has lots of fish (and sea urchins!). The only thing I was unaware of was the need to bring your own snorkelling equipment from the mainland- luckily I had my own mask and snorkel but needed to rent fins- but another boat owner had spare fins and thankfully lent them to me.

Thank travel-o-holic200
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

I went there for snorkelling and it was brilliant! I also went on a tour of the island, a very historic place.
Lots of things there were really nice.

Thank Mubeen M
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Incredibly clear water and just absolutely beautiful. Lots of tortoises to see and take pictures of! If you want to escape the buzz of Stone Town, this is a perfect place :)

Thank Annalise05
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