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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 5 days ago

We wanted to see one of the islands off Stone Town and bought the tour (15 € each) from an "official" tour organisor (from the Palace Museum). The only thing on the island that was interesting was the giant turtles that you could see and...More

Thank PirjoK131
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good trip enjoyed by wife and myself. Lots of tourists though. Fun and interesting seeing the giant tortoises. Interesting tour, quite informative. Ok to say you have been. Would we go back? No.

Thank Bimble1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Again if you have time it may be worth a visit but I wouldn't go out of the way to do it. A bit "touristy" and the tortoises don't look that well looked after, however, if the tourists stopped going.....

Thank davecD1956HO
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The island is charming and interesting. The history is fascinating and the tortoise are just cool. Also a great place to find cool shells if you come early enough. There is also good snorkeling right off the island.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I came there with a group, short and comfortable boat ride. It was wonderful time spent with peaceful and some cuddly tortoises followed with a warm dip in a clean and azure ocean

Thank Dijana D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quite mediocre place, nothing much to see, except for the gigantic turtles. We expected to see and learn more about the prison. This place wasn't worth the time and boat trip.

Thank liisv_5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did this trip after walking tour of Stone Town. 20/30 min boat ride from Stone Town into island. Tortoises amazing some extremely old, chance to feed and touch them. Chance to have a sea swim which was very welcoming as extremely hot day. Worth a...More

Thank geoff d
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Okay, if you have nothing better to do for a few hours whilst in Stone Town its a nice boat ride out and back but the experience on the island is underwhelming. The turtles are impressive creatures but now that they are fenced in (they...More

Thank micahsinger
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are staying in Stone town I would recommend to take a half day trip to look at tortoise. If you also want to stay on the beach and swim over there you can take a whole day trip. It is very interesting to...More

Thank Simpsonsk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really a nice excursion to go, in front of stone town , maybe 30 minutes to go , we swim, we see so many big and old turtles , and the old Prison, don't miss if you have time

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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
15 October 2018|
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Response from munirah97 | Reviewed this property |
Hey sorry for the late reply ..yes you can travel alone
12 September 2018|
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Response from ianwI9721RS | Reviewed this property |
There is an additional small charge to go around the island to see the tortoises etc. No charge for the snorkelling.
27 March 2018|
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Response from Massiel P | Reviewed this property |
You can do it there.
6 March 2018|
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Response from louaia651 | 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.