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Zanibar Prison Island Boat Trip
4.5

Zanibar Prison Island Boat Trip

By Zan Archipelago Tours & Safaris
Recommended by 95% of travellers
This number is based on the percentage of all Tripadvisor reviews for this product that have a bubble rating of 4 or higher
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.
from
₹3,764.61
per adult (price varies by group size)
from
₹3,764.61
per adult (price varies by group size)

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Duration:
3h
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:
Mobile
German, English, Italian, French


  • 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
What's not included
  • 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.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 193132P3

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

How much is Zanibar Prison Island Boat Trip?
Zanibar Prison Island Boat Trip price starts from ₹ 3,590.52. Discover and book Zanibar Prison Island Boat Trip on Tripadvisor
What is the Zanibar Prison Island Boat Trip cancellation policy?
Zanibar Prison Island Boat Trip cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Zanibar Prison Island Boat Trip on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Zanibar Prison Island Boat Trip?
Zanibar Prison Island Boat Trip is hosted by Zan Archipelago Tours & Safaris. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Zan Archipelago Tours & Safaris on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Zanibar Prison Island Boat Trip on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Zanibar Prison Island Boat Trip?
On average, this experience will take approximately 3h. Discover and book Zanibar Prison Island Boat Trip on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 193132P3

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Stone Town
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See departure 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 return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

KimeKime
KimeKime
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Perfect for First-Time Visit to Zanzibar
Full-day adventure of hitting Zanzibar’s most iconic parts!! As first timers in Zanzibar, this tour was a great way
OnAir68141642000
OnAir68141642000
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Awesome tours with Zanzibar’s best guide!
We had two amazing tours with the best guide Ismail. He went above and beyond to make sure we were enjoying ourselv
rohitsZ7480NK
rohitsZ7480NK
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Great one day trip to see zanzibar highlights if you are short on time
Good experience. Visited prison island, did the spice tour and city tour. Tortoises were my favorite part in additi
cmarisaaraujo
cmarisaaraujo
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Cultural tour
Our guide Mady was very friendly and informative. Definitely recommend We saw the whole of stone town in 3 hours.
1BluePenguin
1BluePenguin
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Good trip
We used Zan Archipelago Tours & Safaris for ur tour to Prison island, we liked the service so we booked for the 1/2
817lynnw
817lynnw
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Great Day
Outstanding day! The spice tour was informative and interesting. Loved the walk through Stone Town. The Prison Is
SuperJump699
SuperJump699
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Beware of this tour operator
The Jozani Forest Tour provided by this operator was not like the description on Trip Advisor. Firstly, the forest
adamkhan98
adamkhan98
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Surreal experience. Thoroughly Enjoyed!!
This tour was fantastic!! An extremely insightful tour, enriched with seeing all the beauty and hidden heritage of
marsbar001
marsbar001
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Be ready for a long day. But it was great!!
Had a wonderful time with Zan Archipelago Tours and Safari. Our guide Ismael was wonderful. Ismael was incredibly t
Simona B
Simona B
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Very interesting tour with Mady!
We had an amazing tour with Mady, he was extremely well informed and prepared on the history of Zanzibar and Stone
bianncay
bianncay
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Worth every penny!
I thoroughly enjoyed the Spice Farm, Stone Town and Prison Island tour experience!! My day was packed full of rich
Tm1912
Tm1912
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Highly Recommend
Our guide Ahmad/Mardy was phenomenal, patient and extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour! We had an
larsolavf310
larsolavf310
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A great combined day.
I was a bit nervous about us packing too much into one day when picking this tour, fesring that we would not get fu
juliepT8018MR
juliepT8018MR
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Fabulous day trip with a brilliant tour guide
What a fabulous day tour we had with Zan Archipelago tours. A full day with spice tour and the most incredible lunc
jumaa_taxidriver_and
jumaa_taxidriver_and
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Blue safari is better with jumaa
I'm a tour guide , I love taking tourists to enjoy my country, you don't pay anything until you finish your trip.
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Louise N
1 contribution
Great trip including a boat ride to prison island, a tour of the prison, feeding the Ty tortoises, and snorkelling to see the coral and colourful fish. Yasco was an amazing guide who gave us lots of information and took great pics and we really enjoyed the day!
Written 28 September 2022
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Mady Z
Thank you for your feedback. Stay safe.
Written 28 September 2022
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Steve S
Ipswich, UK34 contributions
Sep 2022
We had a great experience – Our guide picked us up from our stonewall hotel so no hanging around trying to find the guide on the sea front

He was very informative, about the history of the island and the tortoises
A previous review was complaining about the plastic and rubbish on the island but we did not see any

After the tortoises we finish with a snorkel on the reef before heading back
Would highly recommend, put it this way we came back to the hotel and booked the same firm to go on a spice tour the next day
Written 15 September 2022
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Mady Z
Thank you. Have a great day.
Written 16 September 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Gordon R
9 contributions
Funnily enough the name is misleading as the prison was never used for its initial purpose.
Nevertheless it is interesting to listen to the guide explain the historical development of the island.
Currently an investor is about to refurbish the existing estate (hotel)
The turtles are definitely worth the trip.
Fascinating animal ranging from 0 to 196 years- if only they could speak and tell stories.
Written 24 August 2022
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Companion49610856505
Thank you for your good feedback. Have a great day. Asante sana
Written 28 August 2022
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Daniel Å
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Couples
Beautiful Island, Paradise with turtles and wonderful view. Experienced and kind tourguide☀️Highly recomended!
Written 20 December 2021
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Companion49610856505
Giving our clients the real value of their money is what we committed. We thoroughly appreciate your good experience with us. Stay safe and turned have a great day. Asante sana 👍
Written 20 December 2021
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NTHABISENG M
4 contributions
Jun 2021 • Solo
Yussuf was truly amazing, he made contact with me in advance before I arrived in Zanzibar and communicated with me ahead of the tour. I found that very professional and reassuring to a tourist who has not been to Zanzibar. He is a lovely person with a warm personality and is knowledgeable with what he does. The tour was lovely and I saw some huge tortoises.As a person who can’t swim, he was kind enough to teach me how to swim. That was a kind gesture from him. I definitely recommend him.
Written 30 June 2021
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Companion49610856505
Thank you for reviewing us we are always happy to hear the good feedback from the clients. Hope everything went as planned. "Asanta sana "
Written 27 July 2021
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Juluan-BG
Yambol, Bulgaria30 contributions
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
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Companion49610856505
Hope this was amazing experience, thank you for your good feedback. Stay safe Asante sana
Written 27 July 2021
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pp1023
Hong Kong, China4 contributions
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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Companion49610856505
As we absolutely know that, the good job and beautiful things need to be appreciated. Likewise, we would thoroughly like to say thank for your good expected results, what a nice review you gave us to help keeping moving on. Stay safe and turned. Have a great day. Asante sana.
Written 27 July 2021
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chris j
Moss, Norway232 contributions
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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Companion49610856505
As we absolutely know that, the good job and beautiful things need to be appreciated. Likewise, we would thoroughly like to say thank for your good expected results, what a nice review you gave us to help keeping moving on. Stay safe and turned. Have a great day. Asante sana.
Written 27 July 2021
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davosma
Portland, OR79 contributions
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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Companion49610856505
As we absolutely know that, the good job and beautiful things need to be appreciated. Likewise, we would thoroughly like to say thank for your good expected results, what a nice review you gave us to help keeping moving on. Stay safe and turned. Have a great day. Asante sana.
Written 27 July 2021
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Liv W
Svolvaer, Norway2 contributions
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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