Zanzibar CIty

Prison Island

Changuu Island

An old quarantine station, giant tortoises 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.

Zanzibar Prison Island

All 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.

Private Prison Island Tour from anywhere in Zanzibar

This tour is always private, for you and your group only. Prison Island boat is private as well. We can include a fair priced transfer from anywhere in Zanzibar, just send us the info after booking or inquire prices beforehand.

Tour bookings are refundable if you cancel 24 hours in advance.

Prison Island Tour Prices

55 USD per person

70 USD per car for those who need transfers from any beach area (5 people maximum).

What is included

Boat from Stone Town

Transfers from Stone town area.

Entrance feee to Prison Island

snorkeling gear

Professional guide

Drinking water and snacks

Pick up from Stone Town area

Useful information

Take with you to Prison Island at least a swimming suite, towel, sunblock and goPro camera if you have one. Our snorkeling gears have link to connect to it, to keep your hands free.

Prison Island and Stone Town tour

It’s very easy to combine Prison Island tour with Stone Town tour. It’s a wise decision especially if you come from further away on the island. You can stay for sunset drinks too.