Zanzibar CIty

Prison Island

  • Zanzibar Prison Island
    Prison Island

An old quarantine station, giant turtles and snorkeling

Join us on a half day trip to Prison Island. We will take a boat from the shores of Stone Town, setting down anchor 5 km away, on the beautiful beach of Prison Island.

  • See the historical prison buildings
  • Meet the giant tortoise in their sanctuary
  • Snorkel in the colorful coral reefs nearby
  • Enjoy the beautiful Indian Ocean

Full information about Prison Island Tour

The prison – which is now owned by a hotel – was built in 1893 and was originally intended to house violent prisoners from the mainland and sick people.

You will get the opportunity to visit the tortoise sanctuary, which contains a large colony of giant tortoise imported from the Seychelles in the late 19th century. The average weight of these creatures is 200 kg, and many of them are said to be over 150 years old. There will be a chance to touch the tortoise and take photos. The island is also a home to a colony of beautiful peacocks.

For the rest of the trip you can either enjoy the marine life as you snorkel around the coral that fringes Prison Island or just relax under the warm glow of the sun, until you head back to Stone Town.

What is included:
Boat from Stone Town, entrance fee to Prison Island, snorkeling gear. You can have lunch in the island’s restaurant but it’s not included in the price.

1 person 55 USD
2 people 35 USD pp
3 people 25 USD pp
4 people or more 20 USD pp

What to take with you:
Swimming suite, towel, sunblock, snorkeling gear if you have one.

Combine with:
Stone Town Tour, Stone Town History Tour or Spice Tour if you’re coming from a beach destination. Combine with Jozani Forest if you’re coming from the East Coast.

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