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Prison Island Half-Day Tour from Zanzibar

Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Prison Island Half-Day Tour from Zanzibar

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English


See the giant land tortoises of Prison Island, or Changuu Island, on a half-day trip from Zanzibar, with time to swim, snorkel, and sunbathe. Just a 30-minute boat ride from Stone Town, Prison Island has a beautiful beach, clean water, and fascinating history as a yellow fever quarantine station. Both morning and afternoon departures to Prison Island are available, and the trip includes hotel transfers and all entrance fees.
  • Visit a pristine island that's close to Stone Town
  • See giant land tortoises once brought from the Seychelles
  • Swim from a clean beach with clear water
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered


  • Kisauni Airport, Tanzania

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Bring towels and swimming suit
  • Snorkeling gear will be available
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY ARP Travel Group

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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21 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Giant Tortoises Are The Highlight
, Jun 2019
The Prison Island Tour is a quick hop from Stone Town in a small covered wooden show. The highlight is the giant tortoises that reside here, everything else including the snorkelling was pretty average
Perfectly organised, courteous and...
Erika d
, Jan 2018
Perfectly organised, courteous and knowledgeable guide. Went the extra mile for us when we wanted to snorkel. Highly recommended
It was HOT! Take sufficient...
, Dec 2017
It was HOT! Take sufficient water. Interesting history from info supplied by guide 7.5/10 good. Tortoises are originally from Seychelles. Worthwhile to do this tour. At end you can have drinks and eats in the prison courtyard that was never used as prison
Nice 30 minute boat trip out to...
Jeanette P
, Oct 2017
Nice 30 minute boat trip out to Prison Is. once out there there wasn't much to see, except the amazing Tortoises up to 192 years old. Loved Stone Town however and saw Freddy Mercurys house and restaurant. Fabulous town.
Poor communication, as the trip was...
Terrence K
, Oct 2016
Poor communication, as the trip was scheduled for first day, not accomplished until last day. Buy SIM card upon arrival, so you can have Internet and a phone here! Guide was personable, spoke great English, even helped us buy souvenirs in town and showed us the Mercury House, home of Freddy Mercury! Highlight of trip was Giant Tortoises, which are fed at 1000 and 1600 daily! Half Day trip was enough time to take in the sights of Prison Island. Don't forget your camera!

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