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Prison Island

Zanzibar | Shangani, 3395, Tanzania
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Though giant Aldabra tortoises are the only permanent residents of this peaceful island, tourists visit daily for sunbathing and snorkeling.
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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“giant tortoises” (10 reviews)
“boat ride” (8 reviews)
“stone town” (14 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Zanzibar | Shangani, 3395, Tanzania
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

An ancient island with lots of history from the 1800s..Visit the prison ruins,which are now home to tortoises and other sea creatures....

Thank Robinahk
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Negotiated a 30 USD for 2 people boat trip to see the turtles and Nakupenda beach without entry fees to the turtle island, the place is very cool and I just love the memories I took my me. There is an entrance fee of 8500...More

Thank DonCesar
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a few hours here snorkelling, swimming and looking at the giant tortoises. Really cool little spot and not any big crowds when we were there.

Thank zimmyzimmy
Reviewed 22 October 2017

Really, it's all about the tortoises. The island trip was pleasant and made more so due to bumping into friends and going with some beers and ciders for the journey. The boat ride is good, the snorkling a bit pointless - it's dead with no...More

Thank jojorosie
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Nice trip from stone Town by boath in 25 min to prison Island , giant turtles you can feed en pet gently on the neck ( they love it )..

1  Thank DKskillpro
Reviewed 28 September 2017

30 minute boat trip will take you across to prison island. The prison was the landing post for slaves in transit. Sobering reminder of the past.

1  Thank MoiraSpeed
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

What a lovely place? Beautiful scenery and you can see the green sea which is what made my day visit great. The prison island has tourist guides which explain to you about the history of the island. And don't forget the tortoise... You can feed...More

1  Thank Aminahparkar
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

I did some research after reading the reviews. It confirmed the mistreatment of the Tortoises and appalling waste of a resource. It seems no one has firm control of this asset and by supporting it in its current state will only lead to deterioration of...More

3  Thank brettm726
Reviewed 31 May 2017

The idea of this place, and the reality are two separate things. They're protected here, nice, but I must question the quality of life they have. Could be fantastic, but like much if Zanzibar, it's seen better days.

Thank theotherbart111
Reviewed 29 May 2017

This can be an interesting site to visit but during our visit there was no guide to give us some history of the place.

Thank PDPJohannesburg
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4 October 2017|
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Response from MoiraSpeed | Reviewed this property |
IN my boat there were 12 of us from different places. If you wanted a boat just for two, it will work out fairly pricey. The tour guide included our entrance to the tortoise sanctuary, and for a few dollars more they will... More
Amor R
18 August 2017|
Response from Stathis T | Reviewed this property |
Just walk on the pier along zanzibar town, there will be several "Captains" willing to take you over the prison island, you can bargain the price since you will only need the ride,