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Half-Day Tour of Prison Island

By Alpha Travel Zanzibar
Price was undefined, price is now £31
Free cancellation available
4h
Mobile voucher
Instant confirmation
Selective hotel pickup
Multiple languages

Highlights

  • Opportunity to visit privately owned, historic Prison Island

  • The only Aldabra giant tortoise sanctuary in the world

  • Chance to meet a 192-year-old—the world's oldest tortoise

  • Marvellous white sandy beaches & spectacular coral reefs

  • Perfect snorkel spot for warm-water swimming & fish spotting

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided tour of Prison Island

  • What's included

    Admission fees

  • What's included

    Snorkel mask, snorkel and fin rental

  • What's included

    Roundtrip transport from most Zanzibar Island hotels

  • What's included

    Live tour commentary provided in English

Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 2 and younger are complimentary.

  • You must be able to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain.

  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place

  • Roundtrip transport is available from most Zanzibar Island hotels. Please arrange pick-up from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • Please be ready and waiting in your hotel foyer 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.

What you can expect

Travel to Prison Island, known locally as Changuu, for a tour of this tropical wonderland. The island's most famous inhabitant, a 192-year-old tortoise, wanders the island and may be available for a photo session. After meeting some friendly reptiles, go for a swim or snorkel in the warm waters.

Your guide greets you in your hotel lobby and takes you to Stone Town, where a boat is waiting for your arrival. As you travel through the crystal-clear sea, learn all about the history of the island, which was never actually used as a proper prison. When the island comes into view, be sure to look down and spot the sea creatures hanging out in the reef below.

Land on the soft, white sand and make your way to the island's jail, which was built in 1893 with the hope of housing prisoners. Break free from jail and discover the island's freewheeling Aldabra giant tortoises, who slowly stroll across the island in search of tasty vegetation. Prison Island is now home to the only sanctuary dedicated to saving these remarkable creatures, and you have a chance to chat with the foundation's passionate preservationists. Once you get familiar with the shelled wanderers, reach down and feed them some of their favourite greenery.

After making friends with a tortoise, venture over to the beach and grab some snorkel gear. Float above the coral reef to see some of the 400 species of fish, including the rare lionhead cichlid, which call these shallow shores home. Take some time to relax in the sun before you head back to Zanzibar Island.

Location

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Activity Location

  • Prison Island
  • Changuu Island
  • Changuu

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Hotel Pick Up ( Stone Town)
  • Stone Town
  • Zanzibar Town Zanzibar Urban/West Region
  • Hotel Pick Up (Other Coastal Areas)
  • Nungwi Beach Nungwi
  • Zanzibar Zanzibar Urban/West Region
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