Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, Stone Town

A small, once private island drifting in the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean, Prison Island - Changuu Private Island has a long and intriguing history. Used in the late 19th century as a slave prison and then a quarantine zone for yellow fever, today the island caters to tourism with several recently developed guesthouses looking out over its pristine northwest beaches. Arrive by boat and discover this small but characterful spot, home to a group of endangered Aldabra giant tortoises--some of whom have taken up residence in the old abandoned prison. A restaurant on the island provides welcome refreshment. Arrange to visit Prison Island - Changuu Private Island and other attractions in Zanzibar City using our Zanzibar City tour itinerary planner .
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  • We took a trip out to prison island. Organised through Zanzibar tourism whose office is in the old fort. Very helpful guides. We paid $20 each which included entrance fee to the island. Feeding the gi...  more »
  • You have to take a good guide with you to get to Prison Island and get the details of the history of slavery. Failing that, you can go for the huge land turtles, one of which is more than 184 years old. Take cabbage leaves at the entrance Dubosc poyr give them. And they love gargoyles (provide gloves, failing that, we're all spitting after!). Avoid having a drink there, it's twice as expensive as in the city.
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  • Beach is nice , but nothing special. Turtles are big and you can see about 20 pieces, but remember it's zoo and all turtles live like in prison. Better find turtles in the ocean and swimming with them
  • Even its written not to feed and touch the turtles I observe that the tourists don't fallow the rules and the kids touch the animals there is no control. They should protect better this turtles.
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