Nakupenda beach experience
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After a pickup at your hotel, you'll start this fun day with a visit to the Nakupenda beach - nakupenda means 'I love you', and you will feel loved there - gentle sand spilling over your feet while walking, mellow waves caressing your body and super-friendly personnel tending your needs.
Swim, sunbathe and snorkel the crystal clear waters. After a dive, you'll surely be ready for a sumptuous beach lunch, including grilled shrimps, squid, octopus, lobster, and langoustine - depending on the daily catch. Filled with energy for a new adventure wave goodbye to Nakupenda beach and board a boat for a good-half-an-hour ride to Prison Island, also known as Changuu island or Quarantine island.
In 1893 the former British prime minister of Zanzibar purchased the island and built a prison complex on it, but it never served to its intended use! It was used as a quarantine station for yellow fever cases.
Today the building is a ruin, but it serves as a guesthouse for tourists. You will the giant tortoises' reserve, where you will admire, pet, and even feed these magnificent, ancient, peaceful creatures. In 1919 four Aldabra giant tortoises, a gift from the governor of Seychelles were brought here.
They find Prison Island a great environment and bred freely. Today, many tortoises are welcoming you, and the first settlers are still among them! There is also a nursery for baby tortoises, where you can see baby tortoises of different ages. A great encounter for everyone, especially for kids!
This tour includes:
- Transportation: from any hotel in Zanzibar
- Admission ticket to the beach
- Snorkeling equipment
- Sumptuous seafood beach lunch
- Soft drinks, fresh fruits, bottled water
You will need:
- Swimsuit and towel
- Suitable for almost everybody, not accessible for wheelchairs
Nakupenda beach experience promises a great two-in-one activity - visit the Nakupenda - 'I love you' - beach, enjoy the beautiful sandy beach, put in your snorkeling gear end explore the sea life, indulge in a sumptuous beach lunch, and then head for the Prison Island - a tortoise sanctuary and a former quarantine.