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Prison Island - Changuu Private Island

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Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Off the Coast From Stone Town | Shangani, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 3395, Tanzania
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great to see the big and old turtles, but the island as such is not worth using time on. To many people trying to feed the turtles and disturbing them.

Thank Henrikps
Reviewed 3 days ago

Well It was ok, I prefer nakupenda beach over this little island. We only visit bcoz it was included in our tour.

Thank Tang C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Need to take a 30 mins boat to reach the island. The prison area is not fancy but the only highlight of the tour were the Aldabra giant tortoise. There were plenty of them and you can easily feed them and get clicked with them....More

Thank Akash2202
Reviewed 4 days ago

Nice swimming in the morning a a beautiful sandy beach. Nice coloured starfish- But from 9.00 to 10.00 am arriving 40 boats at the sandbeach, and you can forget swimming. Guide show you some land turtles from the Seychelles, a poor attraction. before the trip...More

Thank Porsche911SC
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Many giant turtles, peacocks, different birds, butterflies, beautiful beach, clean blue water, all these on a small island which definitely worth visiting. It’s about 40-50 min by boat from Stone Town, but it’s better to have a good guide with you. Some of the turtles...More

Thank Carmen S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We spent $300 for 2 by arrangement by the hotel the service are including for everything. We took a long tail boat, It took approximately 30 minuets to get there. I thought it was not value for money that we spent because we only see...More

Thank malilyn9_
Reviewed 6 days ago

We took a little boat there and saw tortoise and deers and peacocks. The water is so clear and the beach is beautiful white sands. Excellent place dont miss.

Thank FAZEL83
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Get on a boat- don’t worry, as rough as the sea gets, we all arrive safe and sound. The boats can be negotiated, price wise, on the beach between the park and the ferry terminal. Once there, it’s an amazing walk through tortoises that range...More

Thank almond6
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are really really into big turtles - fine, you will enjoy it. Otherwise I think it is not worth the big amount the transfer costs. It is a small island with a beach, plants, some not very interesting ruins and restaurants.

Thank Armin P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The giant tortoises on this island are amazing! We were able to feed them and take photos up close. Many are very old, including the oldest at 192 years. We also saw young tortoises and were able to see and touch an egg. The prison...More

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Alison B
March 27, 2018|
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Response from Massiel P | Reviewed this property |
You can do it there.
March 6, 2018|
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Response from Louai A | 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.
Mihai B
February 28, 2018|
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Response from Paola J | Reviewed this property |
We take all service, transfer with boat, tickets to see tortoises, diving near island, fruits... half day trip, we paid about 20 dollars per person