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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Off the Coast From Stone Town | Shangani, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 3395, Tanzania
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"giant tortoises"
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"prison island"
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"boat ride"
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"half day trip"
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"the main attraction"
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"quarantine station"
in 14 reviews
"turtle sanctuary"
in 17 reviews
"small boat"
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"nice trip"
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"worth the trip"
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"nice beach"
in 26 reviews
"local boat"
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"short trip"
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"white sand"
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"interesting history"
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We came very early with a private boat to see the tortoise and would recommend to do so as we got a lot of time to be with these beautiful creatures alone before all the tourist were all over the place :) And you also...More

Thank Taslim L
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You can wander around freely and feed the tortoises - they are wonderful creatures and so fun and unusual to see up close. The kids loved them. Definitely worth a visit to see these funny old dinosaur like creatures.

Thank carolynneevans
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We joined a shared boat from the beach going to Prison Island. Paid the fee on the outbound sailing tour. Spent almost threes hours walking around the turtles, old prison and enjoying the beach. We didn’t hire and guide- which worked well for us.

Thank Carsten P
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Have a close look at 194 year old tortoises from the Seychelles and give them greens to eat. Then you can scratch their necks or give them a massage as you watch them close their eyes. Sweet! Walk about and see former prison and yellow...More

Thank Venette C
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We arranged a local boat to take us to Changuu for $30 - there are lots of boats offering their services. We left at 9.00 and there were only a handful of other boats there when we arrived so the visit to the tortoises was...More

Thank wilmshurstfamily
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We combined a tour in Stone Town with a sailing to the turtles’ island. There are impressive fish and spice crowded markets before paying your debt as Queen fan and seeing the house Fredy Mercury was born in. A 20 minuets easy sailing will bring...More

Thank drandro
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The island was never used as a prison, and was mainly used a quarantine area There isn't a lot of history left on the island, as it has now been turned into a hotel. There is a large amount of tortoises there, probably too many...More

Thank Gregory R
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great turtles, great yet small sand beach, great water, OK corals for snorkeling. At the end, boat Captain was pushy to return to stone town - even though we were promised before that we could set the time of return as we please. I would...More

Thank Thorben J
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My husband and I toured Prison Island while in Zanzibar. It has rich history, and is well preserved. Additionally, it is home to giant tortoises, which we fed, pet and enjoyed watching.

Thank tmort1801
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great place and lovely day out with family, tortoise were great fun for kids, and boat trip was fun too. Fun for all and great rates and easy transport!

Thank Maxdusara
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Alison B
27 March 2018|
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Response from Massiel P | Reviewed this property |
You can do it there.
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traveldays2000
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.
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Mihai B
28 February 2018|
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Response from Paola J | Reviewed this property |
We take all service, transfer with boat, tickets to see tortoises, diving near island, fruits... half day trip, we paid about 20 dollars per person
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