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Prison Island and the giant tortoises, taking a sailboat to a small paradise

A dhow takes you out to Prison Island, a sailing trip of around 20 minutes. Prison island has become a popular destination on account of its history, wildlife and nature.

Also known as Changgu Island, Prison Island was actually uninhabited until 1860. Majid bin Zaid, the first Sultan of Zanzibar, originally gave the island to two slavers, who used it to hold rebellious slaves in captivity until they could be sold at the market in Stone Town. In 1893, the island was sold to General Matthew, representing the British rulers, who had plans of using it to build a prison – hence its new name. Even though the prison was completed in 1894, it was never used. The buildings can still be seen today as ruins, as they were never maintained.

The biggest attraction on the island are the giant tortoises, which come from the Seychelles. During your visit, you can watch, feed and have your picture taken with these huge creatures, which can reach weights of more than 200 kg.

Prison Island also has a number of magnificent, white sandy beaches, so you will have every opportunity to do some sunbathing, go swimming, and admire the wonderful underwater world with its colourful corals and fish.

Duration: Half-day excursion

Payment is made at the start of the tour.

Prices are approximate:

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Per person 60 USD