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Prison Island - Changuu Private Island

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Off the Coast From Stone Town | Shangani, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 3395, Tanzania
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Prison island kiswahili is changuu island travelle bort from stone town to prison there,many attraction like tortoes and other bird like pickok and checking long history ,small beach blue clean water good for snokelling

Thank Frank J
Reviewed yesterday

Lovely old turtels and lot of information by very good guides, near encounter with these giants is an experience of a life time. Cafe Teria was poorly maintained specially for lunch.

Thank info882
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went for a trip with a local tour guide to this island and was very surprised to find a little gem of history and imported wildlife! Whilst the information provided from the guide was rather inaccurate on our own research afterwards, it was entertaining nonetheless,...More

1  Thank Joseph S
Reviewed 3 days ago

We heard about this tour thanks to the resort we were staying at, and we were fascinated by the history of the island. We were giving conflicting historical stories. One storyteller told us that in the late 1800's the prison housed violent prisoners from the...More

1  Thank LA_Traveler_24_7
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Oldest tortoise was 194 years old.. must go see this especially if you have kids with you There is deep history and can go snorkeling as part of this tour

1  Thank pathfinder8646
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We travelled on a guided private tour from Stone Town to Prison Island to see the tortoises. The boat trip is about 30 min on a dhow boat. The tortoise sanctuary was interesting to visit. Some of the tortoises was up to 160 years old.

1  Thank JohanVanGreuning
Reviewed 3 days ago

Prison Island is a small island 20 minute sail from Ston Town. The main attraction in the island are giant turtles you can feed

1  Thank Ofer D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Went here for something called prison island trip, we got to snorkel and visit the island for a reasonable price outside Tembo House Hotel.

1  Thank NoorAdam
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

it's worth a visit. we haggled price with captain down to $7 each. he waited for 90 mins for ys. not much to see. turtles are really cool tho. nice beach also.

1  Thank fras65
Reviewed 4 days ago

The beach is Gorgeous and easy to go from Stone town- 25 min boat ride. The Island also offers some history about early trade and slavery practices and a Large Tortoise park. This is also a good place to see beautiful peacocks! The water is...More

1  Thank Danuza
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Alison B
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Response from Massiel P | Reviewed this property |
You can do it there.
7 March 2018|
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Response from Louai A | Reviewed this property |
Its best to visit it in the morning as you would have enough time to explore the island and go for a nice swim too.
Mihai B
28 February 2018|
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Response from fromAfrica75 | Reviewed this property |
I would say it would be more atleast 15$ to 20$ ..p.s the pizza and fresh juice was great but was little in the expensive side.. we brought our own snacks and that brought the cost down.