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“Best site to visit in Zanzibar city”
Review of Prison Island

Prison Island
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Half-Day Prison Island Tour from Zanzibar
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Though giant Aldabra tortoises are the only permanent residents of this peaceful island, tourists visit daily for sunbathing and snorkeling.
Trondheim, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Best site to visit in Zanzibar city”
Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

I recommend a boat trip out to prison island to see the old giant turtles. It is also very relaxing a comfotable atmosphere on the island. Recommend to have a lunch at the restaurant. You can also snorkle or lay on the beach.

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Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

The boat ride to the Island was very relaxing as we got closer to the island the beach/view was incredible. It makes a great day out to snorkel/sunbathe on the beach and swim as the sea and beach are very clean. The tortoise are wonderful to watch and feed, they also love a massage! Overall a lovely place and its definitely worth a trip. We booked via our hotel and managed to get a great deal its also much safer this way. We combined it by doing the Stone Town tour in the morning and Prison Island after Lunch.

Visited June 2014
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Starved turtles”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

This was a shame to take tourists to this island where the turtles were starved. We had to pick leaves from the trees to feed them with something after we were told we would feed them with food. This place left a bitter taste in my mouth.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Rui M
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Beautiful location, Tortoises were a disappointment”
Reviewed 3 January 2014

Visited the island as part of a day trip whilst in Zanzibar. The boat ride over was fantastic, and relaxing, and we even got to see flying fish!

The island was a strange place. There was a hotel but no-one seemed to be staying there. There was also a couple of restaurants and bars, but again no-one there except people working. The tortoise sanctuary was a bit of a disappointment as it was very much like a zoo, and they didn't seem that well looked after.

The snorkeling just off the island was fine, not exceptional, but an enjoyable way to spend an hour or so.

I wouldn't rush back here.

Visited November 2013
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Brilliant Day Trip!”
Reviewed 9 December 2013

I loved our day here - Tortoises that love a massage, wonderful! Great snorkelling too! We booked with the hotel, and got the price down and had a very good guide. Wonderful day!

Visited November 2013
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