Visit Prison Island

Trip Overview

Welcome to the Prison Island Tour! Located just off the coast of Zanzibar, Tanzania, Prison Island, also known as Changuu Island, holds a unique blend of history and natural beauty. Departing from Stone Town, the main city of Zanzibar, just 20-minute boat ride brings you to this fascinating destination.

Once on the island, encounter remarkable giant tortoises, some of them over 100 years old! Enjoy interacting with these gentle giants, feeding them, and capturing memorable moments with them. Dive into the crystal-clear waters surrounding Prison Island, where you can see colorful fish, beautiful coral reefs, and other marine wonders.

Whether you’re a snorkeling fan or just want to relax on the beach, Prison Island promises a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s a trip that you’ll always remember!



Begin your day at 8:00 AM by departing from Zanzibar City and taking a boat ride to Prison Island Zanzibar. As you cruise along, take in the stunning views of the ocean. Arrive at the island around 9:00 AM and step ashore. Join a knowledgeable local guide for a fascinating tour of the island’s history. At 10:00 AM, visit the Tortoise Sanctuary, home to some incredible giant tortoises. Learn about their conservation efforts and have a chance to interact with them. Afterward, enjoy some leisure time at 11:00 AM on the beautiful beaches.


Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant around 12:00 PM. Treat yourself to traditional Zanzibar dishes, including fresh seafood. After lunch, gear up with snorkeling equipment and get ready to swim. Relax on Prison Island and explore the colorful marine life with the provided snorkeling gear.


At 5:00 PM, return to Zanzibar City, concluding your enriching trip to Prison Island Zanzibar. As you journey back, reflect on the memorable experiences of the day while enjoying the picturesque views of the ocean. Upon arrival in Zanzibar City, your guide will ensure your safe return and bid you farewell mark the end of your prison island tour.

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Price Includes

Boat ride from Stone Town, Zanzibar to Prison Island and back.

Guided tour by Nyange’s knowledgeable guide.

Entrance fee to Prison Island and the Tortoise Sanctuary.

Lunch at a local restaurant, featuring traditional Zanzibar dishes including fresh seafood.

Price excludes

Tipping your guide and Hotel staff is a kind gesture to acknowledge their hard work and excellent service. While tipping is not mandatory, it is certainly appreciated.

Alcoholic beverages and other drinks outside your meal plan are not covered.

Flights, travel insurance, and visas are not included.

Souvenirs, personal shopping, and other incidental costs are your responsibility.

Snorkeling is a recommended additional activity in Prison Island, booked separately at an additional charge.

You might be able to purchase food to feed the giant tortoises.

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