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Prison Island Tour

Zanzibar Prison Island
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3 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

20 people


English, French, German, Spanish


Prison Island Tour

Prison Island or Changuu Island is the middle island of the three visible from the Stone Town. It takes approximately 30 minutes to get there by boat. The prison which was never used on this island was built in 1893, but was later used as a Quarantine Hospital.

Apart from the Prison ruins you will also see the enormous giant tortoises which are the main attraction of the island. The tortoises were brought on the island from Seychelles by Sultan Said Majid in the 1820’s. On this little paradise one can also swim, snorkel, sunbathe or just relax on the beach and enjoy the peacefulness that this small beautiful island has to offer.


  • Visit the old Giant tortoises
  • Cruising and view the old stone town
  • Observe old Prison ruins
  • Snorkeling and relax at the beach

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
#Discount groupFrom adultTo adultValue
1 2 pax22pax 10%
23pax33 15%
34pax44 20%
49pax59 25%
5Plus10Plus 30%
Bulk discount children
#Discount groupFrom adultTo adultValue
1Age from 5 to 924 50%


Trip to Prison Island
Trip to Prison Island

After a pickup at your hotel, you'll start this memorable day with a good-half-an-hour boat trip to Prison Island, also known as Changuu island or Quarantine island, located in the Zanzibar Archipelago. In 1893 the former British prime minister of Zanzibar purchased the island and built a prison complex on it. But - it never served to its intended use! It was used as a quarantine station for yellow fever cases. Today is the building a ruin, but it serves as a lovely guesthouse for tourists, where you'll be able to relax a bit and enjoy magnificent views after visiting the giant tortoises' reserve, where you will admire, pet, and even feed these magnificent, ancient, peaceful creatures. But - they are not locals! Four specimens of Aldabra giant tortoises were a gift from the governor of Seychelles in 1919.

They found Prison Island a great environment and bred freely. Today, many tortoises are welcoming you, and the first settlers are still among them! There is also a nursery for baby tortoises, where you can see baby tortoises of different ages. A great encounter for everyone, especially for kids! Round up this great day with some snorkeling around the coral reefs, admire colorful fish, many beautiful starfish, and picturesque seashells., or simply relax on the white sandy beach. Upon your return admire the breathtaking view of Stone Town, the bay, and the archipelago.


  • Friendly and Experienced Professional Tour guide
  • Pick up and drop off from your hotel in stone town area
  • Waiting Charge, Fuel Surcharges & Service Fees
  • Snorkeling Gears (life jacket, mask & flippers)
  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)
  • Comfortable Wooden Boat
  • Medical Insurance
  • Gratuities for Tour Guide or Driver
  • Personal Expenses

Tour's Location

Zanzibar Prison Island


Do you arrange for Airport Transfers?

Airport transfers are not included in the price of this tour, however you can book for an arrival transfer in advance. In this case our representative will be at the airport to greet you. To arrange this please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.

Do you arrange pickup/drop off from Beach hotels?

Yes, Please contact us to arrange for your pickup/drop off anywhere outside stone town area at additional cost


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Zanzibar Treasure Tour

Member Since 2023

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