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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  • We visited Changuu island in March. Really nice to see these very old tortoises, not overwhelming quick. Nicely organized with green leaves handed over to feed. Then towards the sand bank for some...  more »
  • We did both city tour ,spice tour then later a boat to the island with Eric The beach in this island is very unique, clean with warm water. The island has alot of turtles aged upto 194 years.our...  more »
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  • One of the best tour to explore in Zanzibar and see the huge tortoise
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