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Zanzibar Prison Island Tour Featured

Changuu Island, Zanzibar

  • Type Adventure tours
  • Duration 2
  • Group Size 65 people


Prison Island is also known as Changuu Island, it is a small Island located 5.6 km northwest of Stone Town, Unguja, Zanzibar, Tanzania. The island is around 800m long and 230 m wide at its broadest point. The island was once used as a prison for rebellious slaves in the 1860s and also functioned as Coral mine.

There are several tours available for Prison Island such as historical background, sightseeing of giant tortoises, peacocks, and a few animals including ideal coral reef sites for snorkeling. You can expect to see giant land tortoises on Prison island, visitors can explore the history-rich Prison Island and learn about its former residents .admire the island`s array of wildlife and enjoy snorkeling in the crystal clear waters in search of coral reefs and fishes. You can visit the island on a relaxing half-day excursion from Stone Town its view is breathtaking as you will be leaving the old town. Our crew teams of boat and guide are well-trained and have long experience to ensure your tour goes well and remarkably.


The tour will begin with a guided walk through the former prison facilities on Changuu Island. The guide will provide insights into the prison's history, its purpose, and notable events that took place there. You'll learn about the prison's past function and conditions.

Changuu Island is known for its population of giant tortoises, which are native to the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles. During the tour, you'll have the opportunity to visit a sanctuary where these magnificent creatures reside. You can observe them up close, learn about their conservation, and even interact with them under supervision.

After exploring the prison and the tortoise sanctuary, many tours offer the chance to go snorkeling in the surrounding waters. Zanzibar is renowned for its vibrant marine life and coral reefs. You'll likely be provided with snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins) and guided to suitable snorkeling spots. While snorkeling, you can marvel at the underwater world, observe colorful fish, and experience the beauty of the coral reefs.

Depending on the tour, you may get some leisure time on one of the island's beautiful beaches. Here, you can relax, soak up the sun, swim in the clear waters, or simply enjoy the tranquil surroundings.

Depending on the tour, you may have some free time to explore certain areas of the prison independently. This could involve walking through cell blocks, examining preserved areas, or perhaps even experiencing a simulated prisoner's perspective in a controlled environment.


Pick up and drop off from your hotel
Pure mineral drinking water
Entrance fees
Specialized bilingual guide
Private Transport
Parking fees
Entry or admission fee
Fuel surcharge
Additional Services


Customers can cancel this Tour before 5 day(s)
Any cancelation within 5 days we refund 50% Any cancelation with 4 days we refund 30% Any cancelation with 3 days we refund 15% Any cancelation with 2 or 1 day there is no refund.

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4 reviews for this Tour

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  • Zoe


    Adventure packed day

    This tour offered it all! First we set off on a traditional Dhow boat to prison island where we learnt about the history of the island and saw the giant friendly tortoises. We then headed to a sandbank where we tasted a range of delicious fruit and had a seafood lunch. We also had a guided snorkelling session where we saw lots of tropical fish. Would highly recommend this tour and would definitely do it again.

  • Alan Noake


    Must do tour when visiting Zanzibar

    A great trip. Loved seeing the giant tortoises and peacocks in this interesting historical setting.

  • Mat Lake


    Amazing day

    An outstanding day. From the boat ride to swimming from a pristine white sand bar in turquoise waters it was glorious. The bbq lobster and seafood was exquisite. Prison island and the tortoises was also a great experience. Would highly recommend.

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