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

1 person 55 USD

2 people 35 USD

3 people 25 USD

4 people or more 20 USD pp

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.

Useful information

Take with you to Prison Island at least a wwimming suite, towel, sunblock and snorkeling gear if you have one. A rented snorkeling gear is included in the price.

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.