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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 2 days ago via mobile

If you want good service and a trustful guy contact Erick. For bookings in prison island and nakupenda island for good price contact Eric +255624097961.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Would recommend a trip out to Prison Island to see the turtles as part of things to do in Stone Town. It’s a great way to see the city from off shore. Erick Kumanda Msembi WhatsApp 255624097961 I would recommend him for all your tours...More

Thank Bluesongs
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I visited the island as part of a tour. Arrive early as it fills quickly. We went to the tortises which were so cute. Nice to feed them cabbage. There is a 194 year old tortise there. Make sure to let them on the neck,...More

Thank Travlnash
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Easily accessible from stone town. A short boat ride over and can charter a local boat easily from town. Nice place to spend an afternoon to swim and relax. Enjoyed by locals and tourists

Thank Katie M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

... we did and had a great day Snorkelling- great spot just by the Island with an abundance of corals. fish and sea life. Food - there’s a bar and home made pizzas - this is a small island for chilling and swimming and snorkelling,...More

Thank Sean W
Reviewed 6 days ago

Getting on the boat to Prison Island was a bit of an adventure. Gave me some dose of adrenalin as we paddled through the deep with our relatively small boat, swayed back and forth by strong waves. Held my breath thinking we would not make...More

Thank Nyalego
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were advised yet again by Nunu (Zanzibar Palace Hotel Receptionist - see my reviews, House of Spices & 6 Degrees South) where to get Tickets and a reasonable price to pay, her advise was again spot on. We made our way to the Big...More

Thank Crabro
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the opertunity to walk amongst these beautiful creatures, and would recommend this as a must visit when in Zanzibar. But ... yes there is a but, these poor tortoises are kept n quite a harsh environment, we insisted that they fill up the...More

1  Thank LeonP1154
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful island! 15 minute boat ride to the island. We got there early enough and so there were no crowds. We had a chance to take beautiful photos , visited the tortoise sanctuary fed the tortoise and had a brief tour and education session on...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Which is really all there is to do on PI. After a 5-6 kilometer boat ride to the island, your guide will give you a 10-15 minute run down on the island's meh history. Then you can hang out with the giant tortoises, including feeding...More

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Krystal M
15 October 2018|
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Response from Gilda18 | Reviewed this property |
My best tip for anyone wishing to go to or to visit anywhere is to contact Ali +255 773 518 781. A special person, of integrity, endless customer service, and a great deal of knowledge. He were lucky to find him and highly... More
Krystal M
15 October 2018|
Response from NBONP | Reviewed this property |
You can do it alone. It’s a very small island and to be honest with you we didn’t get any extra information compared to info you would get from google. The only cost will be the boat to and from the island which you could... More
13 September 2018|
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Response from Ian W | Reviewed this property |
There is an additional small charge to go around the island to see the tortoises etc. No charge for the snorkelling.