Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, Stone Town

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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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  • Changu Island also known as prison Island lies about 25 minsby boat from forodhani. The Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, but later was...  more »
  • Tortoises, beach, and some old buildings. Go there for the tortoises. They love to eat lettuce. Boat trip takes about half an hour and you can find a ride straight from the beach rather than go...  more »
  • The island is opposite of Zanzibat town. Skipping the fact that the tour starts next to Zanzibar port a ery crowded and not so clean and comfy place then you arrive in an island that travels you back....  more »
  • One of the best tour to explore in Zanzibar and see the huge tortoise
  • Tourist trap
  • Turtle park and once a prison island. On the armor is painted their age in years.
  • One of the must seen places when you visit Zanzibar. You can take the boat to Island for 4 to 5 USD and entrance was about 6$.
  • Lovely place where you can learn so much about the slave trade history. This island is also a habitat of one of some of the largest and oldest tortoises in East Africa. The entrance fee is nominal and very worth a visit. You also find tour guides who can speak several languages and they can give you a detailed history of the place. This place is a must visit if you are going to Zanzibar.

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