Zanzibar Prison island tour

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Details of Zanzibar Prison island tour

After a pickup at your hotel, you'll start this memorable day with a good-half-an-hour boat trip to Prison Island, also known as Changuu island or Quarantine island, located in the Zanzibar Archipelago.

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 is the building a ruin, but it serves as a lovely guesthouse for tourists, where you'll be able to relax a bit and enjoy magnificent views after visiting the giant tortoises' reserve, where you will admire, pet, and even feed these magnificent, ancient, peaceful creatures. But - they are not locals! Four specimens of Aldabra giant tortoises were a gift from the governor of Seychelles in 1919.

They found 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!

Round up this great day with some snorkeling around the coral reefs, admire colorful fish, many beautiful starfish, and picturesque seashells., or simply relax on the white sandy beach. Upon your return admire the breathtaking view of Stone Town, the bay, and the archipelago.

 

This tour includes:

· Guided half-day trip (morning or afternoon 3 to 4 hours), private for your group

· Local experienced English-speaking guide, other languages on request, if available

· Transportation: from any hotel in Zanzibar

· Admission to Changuu -  Prison island

· Snorkeling equipment

 

You will need:

· Swimsuit and towel

 

Our advice:

· Suitable for all ages and fitness level, great for children of all ages

· It is easy to combine with other activities

· Don't forget to make a small donation for the giant tortoises' reserve

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You can explore this beautiful island, which is an ideal place for a walk, on a relaxing half-day excursion from Stone Town. The view of Stone Town from the island is breathtaking especially at night. We will give you a short-guided tour around the island. After the guided tour you can swim in the crystal water or explore the glorious coral reefs by snorkeling.


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