Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, Zanzibar City

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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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  • Tourist trap. Takes hours to drive to Stone Town, then not much to see in the island: ruins of an old quarantine prison, and a bunch of turtoises. Not worth the trip and money. Careful with beach...  more »
  • Amazing trip by boat Experience was good Friendly tour guide Mahmoud he explain to us about the historical for the prison Island I love all the turtle 🐢 You must feed them Lovely place 🐢🐢  more »
  • One of the best tour to explore in Zanzibar and see the huge tortoise
  • Tourist trap
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