Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, Stone Town

A small, once private island drifting in the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean, Prison Island - Changuu Private Island has a long and intriguing history. Used in the late 19th century as a slave prison and then a quarantine zone for yellow fever, today the island caters to tourism with several recently developed guesthouses looking out over its pristine northwest beaches. Arrive by boat and discover this small but characterful spot, home to a group of endangered Aldabra giant tortoises--some of whom have taken up residence in the old abandoned prison. A restaurant on the island provides welcome refreshment. Arrange to visit Prison Island - Changuu Private Island and other attractions in Zanzibar City using our Zanzibar City tour itinerary planner.
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  • Really amazing to see the tortoises. We went to the island in the morning, which I was really glad we did! Around 10 am the place was crowded and we just decided to go back.  more »
  • We went with a boat captain from stonetown in about 45 minutes to prison island. There we walked around the island where around 150-200 turtles live. We could touch them and feed them with salad...  more »
  • Visit to the island is worthwhile. Not much per se to see at the prison but the tortoises are the major attraction as a nice snorkel nearby. Combine this with a spice tour and Stone town tour. Mr...  more »
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  • Spectacular Island. One can expect to see Star Fish and large and old tortoises. The history of the island is also quite interesting. Picture perfect place with excellent views. I would like to go back here and have lunch at the prison restaurant
  • It is relaxing
  • this island houses tortoise and peacocks, changu island is also called prison island because it was once built as a prison however the guide said it was never used as one
  • Do you want to see a land tortoise old more than 133 years, this is the right place for that and also an old prison is transfomed in hotel for tourist here. So let's go and review in few minutes a historically full.
  • Very picturesque, interesting history
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