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Prison Island - Changuu Private Island

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Opens in 21 min: 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
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Off the Coast From Stone Town | Shangani, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 3395, Tanzania
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Reviewed yesterday

The island is tiny but definitely worth a visit for the turtoise sanctuary. You get to walk among them and even feed them if you get there during meal time. Definitely worth a trip.

Thank Radu B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It was good to see the giant tortoises... they are massive!! Other than that there isn't anything too special about Prison Island to be honest. Still a popular tourist location in Zanzibar and so you may just want to tick that off your list when...More

Thank Gazie D
Reviewed 2 days ago

The island is rich with history. It is now a good place to visit, enjoy swimming, enjoy food from the restaurant. It is also amazing to see the protected species, ( tortoise), the oldest being 194 years..

Thank Nthabiseng M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We didnt even pay the 45 or 40 dollars usually charged by the tour operators but negotiated a better price with one of the boat owners. Still it wasnt worth it. We expected a nice island with some tortoises living on it that you might...More

Thank Lanita18
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Wonderful to walk around taking in all the sights the giant tortoise sanctuary is a real delight.nice day trip

Thank shadaymoodley
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A fun weekend gateaway with my bestfriend at zanzibar.had alot of fun and surely will return again..prices so affordable u can ever imagine

Thank munirah97
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you got to Zanzibar and you miss seeing the Giant Tortoises you'll regret it. Go! Not necessary to have a tour guide as there is some info on the island, but you can also do a quick research before or after you go ;)

1  Thank Caitlin M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The prison island isn't really a prison... it almost didn't function as a prison at all. It has lovely views and nice walks along the island. But, the main attraction is the giant tortoises!!! Omg, the kids couldn't have enough of them friendly creatures!!! They...More

Thank Ooty a
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The island itself is small but has some interesting history. We struggled to understand this when we were there as there's not much to guide you. The collection of giant tortoises, which you can touch and feed, were very cool. What ruined it a little...More

Thank Danrzr
Reviewed 5 days ago

Prison Island is just an awesome place just to have fun by the sea and literally chillax!! The waters around Prison Island is just wonderful :)

Thank Tariq M
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13 September 2018|
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Response from 311Harri87 | Reviewed this property |
It is $4 per person to go into the tortoise sanctuary but you don’t have to pay to go around the island (there isnt much to see to be honest but it is stunning) Boat drivers will change more if you want to snorkel and will... More
Alison B
27 March 2018|
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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.