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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
Phone Number: +255 773 333 241
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Full-Day Zanzibar Island Tour from Dar Es Salaam
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Great quick visit

I went here on a local boat before nakupenda beach and thought it was a great place, but not worth spending much time solo. Probably a better trip with friends/family. There's a... read more

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

feeding turtles/ snorkelling in clear blue water / changuu fish fry. half day activity. try doing it in the morning session.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I went here on a local boat before nakupenda beach and thought it was a great place, but not worth spending much time solo. Probably a better trip with friends/family. There's a really pretty beach and some cool giant tortoises and the whole island is obviously beautiful. I was expecting some museum type stuff about the history just based on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The place, beach and Turtle watching is very good experience. You can spend 2-3 hours as it is a good location for photography.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The main reason why I came to Changuu, also known as Prison Island, was for the Tortoise Sanctuary. They literally walk up and greet you! They love to have their head and necks rubbed but DONT sit on them or sit your kids on them or you will be kicked out. It is for respect and safety of them. Many... More 

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Ndola, Zambia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We hired a local boat "vintage boat" to go to the island.It was a relaxing ride. The island is beautiful with breathtaking view of the ocean.There is a turtles sanctuary and a visit to the sanctuary was the highlight.The are giant turtles and you can feed them leaves. We learnt about the history of the turtles. The oldest turtle was... More 

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Rocky Mountain House, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A relaxing ride in a covered boat. Sandy island Tortoises from 1/4 lb to hundreds of pounds. Feed em and enjoy!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful island beach 🌊 Lovely day out The tortoise sanctuary was also a highlight The history about Prison Island is fascinating

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful island 10mn away from stone town. Amazing underwater zoo. Giant turtle: the oldest is almost 192 years old. View over the town is amazing from there...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We hired a local boat to go to the island where there are resident turtles. We learnt about the history of the turtles. Got to spend some time with them, watching them just strolling around and mingling with the lyre birds. From there we were taken out about 20300 metres where some of us went snorkelling . The water was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely a thing you should do, especially in combination with snorkeling. You don`t often get this close to giant tortoise! The island is beautiful, and you get some information about the history of the prison/quarantine station as well. Quite a Kinder Egg :-)

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