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Zanibar Prison Island Boat Trip provided by Zan Archipelago Tours & Safaris

Zanibar Prison Island Boat Trip

Zanibar Prison Island Boat Trip
4.5
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from ₹ 3,033.89 per adult (price varies by group size)
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
About
The tour offers nature, history and adventure combined in a relaxing, enjoying the beautiful and nice beach, feeding giant Aldabra tortoise and colored fish and corals for snorkeling in the channel of the Indian Ocean, on this small isle just off the Stone Town it is launched from the city and involves a 30 minutes motorized boat ride to the “Prison” island. The British First Minister of Zanzibar, Lloyd Mathews, purchased the island in 1893 and constructed a prison complex there. No prisoners were ever housed on the island and instead it became a quarantine station for yellow fever cases.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English, Italian, French
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English, Italian, French
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 193132P3
Call 000-0800-100-6999
Important information
Inclusions
Services of Experienced Professional Tour guide • Snorkeling equipment • Service Entrance Fees • Mineral water • Pick up and drop off from your Hotel (Around stone town onlye) • Traditional boat fees • Entry/Admission - Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
Exclusions
Expenses of a personal nature • Guide tip
Duration
3h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
We pick up travelers around Stone town for free, any pick up outside Stone town will include extra transport charges.
Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania Meeting point is near the house of wonder opposite to forodhani park
Airports:
Kisauni Airport, Tanzania
Ports:
Zanzibar Port
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Services of Experienced Professional Tour guide • Snorkeling equipment • Service Entrance Fees • Mineral water • Pick up and drop off from your Hotel (Around stone town onlye) • Traditional boat fees • Entry/Admission - Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
Exclusions
Expenses of a personal nature • Guide tip
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
We pick up travelers around Stone town for free, any pick up outside Stone town will include extra transport charges.
Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania Meeting point is near the house of wonder opposite to forodhani park
Airports:
Kisauni Airport, Tanzania
Ports:
Zanzibar Port
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
3h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Stone Town
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    You will see giant aldabra tortoise and an old prison which was never used.
    Read more
  • You'll end at
    Stone Town
    Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
    Meeting point is near the house of wonder opposite to forodhani park
    See address & details
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Juluan-BG
Yambol, Bulgaria30 contributions
Worth!
Feb 2020
May be this is the only worth attraction in Zanzibar. All another is overpriced and overrated. Never seen so big turtles.
Written 3 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

pp1023
Hong Kong, China4 contributions
Clear explanation
They are warm guys and take care us very well. Very good English, clear explanation. We are happy to see the oldest tortoise which is 194 years old! 謝謝!
Written 24 February 2020
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chris j
Moss, Norway232 contributions
Perfect
We had a private boat with guide (yussuf) skipper and son were great and patience, guide was great he told us what we wanted to know and didnt stress us, he walked ahead and gave us time to talk and enjoy the island, tortoises looked happy and loved a good scratch on the neck and in their shells, we even saw a baby deer, was advised not to donate money since the tour company pays loads for the trip, cost us 60 bucks and worth it, got "free" water and could use their snorkel stuff, snorkeling was great and cool :)
Written 11 February 2020
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davosma
Portland, OR79 contributions
Great nature adventure with an excellent guide
Feb 2020 • Solo
Enjoyed very much the tour to the prison islands, beautiful relaxing boat ride, loved the vegetation and setting of the islands....interesting history about the prison which never was used as a prison...peacocks unfortunately lost some feathers..but tortoises were impressive, loved to feed them and see how they swallow the leaves without chewing! The water was calm which made for excellent snorkeling....colorful fishes and beautiful corals.
Yussuf was an excellent guide, very responsible, intelligent and with a very nice, welcoming personality! Would highly recommend him for your trip.
Written 7 February 2020
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Liv W
1 contribution
Great trip to Prison Island
My friend and I were picked up on agreed time by Yussuf at our Hotel. He had also called the hotel the evening before to make us sure of that he would come to our hotel to pick us up (at 9am).

Yussef was very friendly and nice. He showed us the old prison and the turtles. We could also snorkle, but we didn’t want that. We had to decide if we wanted to snorkle before we depart the shore, because then Yussuf needed to bring the equipment.

The sea was calm so the trip was very nice.
The island is nice, but it’s not much to do after you have seen the prison, the turtles and the nice white sand. We also had i swim in the sea.

We were the only one at this trip, so we went back when we were satisfied.

We would recommend Yussuf and his friends company. Our experience: Nice and reliable.

Liv and Kristin
Norway
Written 2 February 2020
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GlobeTrotting681557
1 contribution
Deirdre Larkan
Jan 2020 • Family
Very enjoyable! The guys kept us up to date with information, times etc. the entire time, from booking till we did the trip. They were professional and went out of their way to ensure we had a great day. Asante sana!
Written 19 January 2020
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Ana Bana
3 contributions
For any travel in Zanzibar, this is the company to go with!
Nov 2019
I came to Zanzibar while on break from my work in mainland Tanzania. Even though I'm not inclined towards taking tours, and had already planned out my itinerary to experience as a solo backpacker, I wanted to try a hassle free tour out for the experience, and the price was right! Thus, I went on the prison island tour w/ Yussuf. He picked me up from my hostel. We were joined by a couple. He was courteous enough to ask me beforehand if I was okay going on the tour with them or wanted to go alone. The highlight of the tour were the giant tortoises. We got to feed them and pose next to them. The oldest tortoise there was close to 200 years old. We visited the tortoises and walked around the island, seeing the site of the prison and admiring the architecture. There was an option of snorkelling (mask and flippers provided).

I enjoyed the tour so I booked a spice tour w/ him as well, even though I had the lay of the land and local transportation figured out.

Re: the spice tour was very interesting. Even though it was raining the day we left, I felt that I got to try every spice on the farm, had the luxury to ask questions, and roam around the farm, without time constraints. I got to try fruits at the end, and ate a filling meal.

I would highly recommend Yussuf. He's just starting out with a new company, but after much research on existing tour guides and their companies, I'm glad I went with Zan Archipelago Tours & Safari. Yussuf is very understanding, and he is happy to give advice or try to answer any question about life and the culture in Zanzibar.
Written 5 January 2020
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Brendamathayan
10 contributions
Prison island tour
Dec 2019 • Friends
I got to see the prison used back in decades Yusuph explained very well how the slaves where bought why they were kept in the island, how they lived....do you want to know???beautifull peacocks the prison bar and lots of amaizing views
Written 27 December 2019
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HalvorF466
Oslo, Norway61 contributions
Prison island with snorkelling
We were lucky to meet Mady in the street and he organized our day beautifully, with knowledge, humour and charm.

It was a little too much sea for snorkelling. But we got a try and saw some fish, starfish, corals, but unfortunately also dead coral.

The turtles were cool.
Written 27 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Nelliey M
1 contribution
Hamad is the best guide!
Dec 2018 • Couples
We were in Stonetown over the Christmas holiday, for some 4 nights. We didn't know Hamad but came across him on a lazy stroll by the Forodhani Gardens. Must have been the best thing for us for the following days. He took up the nerve of planning for our tour of Prison Island. He made all the necessary bookings and all we needed to do was show up. He is also well versed with the history of the place and say of Zanzibar in general. He told us that he also does spice tour, Island of Pemba and tours of Stone town - which unfortunately we couldn't experience because of time.
It was a lovely private tour of the Island.
Highly recommend!
Written 4 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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One of the best Tour Guides in Zanzibar
Asante Mady for such a safe and amazing tour! Your knowledge of Zanzibar/Tanzania history and culture was very inf
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Stone Town weekend
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Amazing experience in Zanzibar!
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Epic beaches views
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The best experience, especially as a solo traveler!
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Highly recommended tour
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Highly recommended
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Amazing day at Nakupenda
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Try this if you are interested in spices
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Amazing Stone town tour with Hamad Mahdy
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Great tour with Yussuf!
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DONT BOOK @ ALI BAKARI OMAR!
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Amazing! I highly recommend them:)
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