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Prison Island - Changuu Private Island

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Address: Off the Coast From Stone Town, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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US$360.00*
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Full-Day Zanzibar Island Tour from Dar Es Salaam
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Impressive tortoises, better than expected

There isn't much to see on the island but the ride to the island was enjoyable. I was planning on just staying on the beach but was convinced to see the tortoises. Very happy I... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There isn't much to see on the island but the ride to the island was enjoyable. I was planning on just staying on the beach but was convinced to see the tortoises. Very happy I did. Those big guys are really impressive. Worth the trip just for that but be prepared for a lot of people. We then had a... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Seeing and feeding the turtles was really fascinating. I hope that they are at least well taken care of though I'm not sure. There is a pretty beach on the island and the prison gave me some good opportunities for photography.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lovely morning excursion. Go in the morning as sea is rougher in the afternoon. Good to see the tortoises and greater vantage points for photographs

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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The island is just off Stonetown and the home of a turtle sanctuary which is interesting and worth a visit. But it is a small island with a very small beach, full of boats. If you want a beach there are better ones

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We paid 40usd for a private boat trip go pick us up at our hotel close to stone town, take us to the island and let us snorkel for as long as we wanted. Well we were collected, and brought the 20 minutes boat trip to the island. The island itself is crammed full of tourists. We first of all... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The trip to prison island is not complete without snorkeling. take a small boat from the area around Forhdani not far from the port. It can cost anything from 10 usd to 30 usd per person. . negotiable. travel time to the island is 30 minutes. then on the island go see the giant turtles. It is 4 usd per... More 

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Iringa Region, Tanzania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The island itself has a nice beach, but the REAL reason to visit is to stop by the tortoise sanctuary! Don't bother much with the hotel -- it's all about the animals :)

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Haifa, Israel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The main attraction there are the magnificent views and the tortoises. Those giant animals are nice but not something special as they are kept in a closed reserve (we were one year ago in Galapagos) . The deserted hotel in the place of the previous prison does not justify the trip which itself is very nice and the views are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice attraction. The old prison and the huge and old turtles. The beach has white sand and the sea isgreat

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The main attraction is the tortoises. There are signs everywhere saying not to touch them but our guide seemed to have special privileges and we were allowed to feed and pet them. It was amazing to see so many giant tortoises wandering around just doing tortoise things

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