Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, Stone Town

A small, once private island drifting in the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean, Prison Island - Changuu Private Island has a long and intriguing history. Used in the late 19th century as a slave prison and then a quarantine zone for yellow fever, today the island caters to tourism with several recently developed guesthouses looking out over its pristine northwest beaches. Arrive by boat and discover this small but characterful spot, home to a group of endangered Aldabra giant tortoises--some of whom have taken up residence in the old abandoned prison. A restaurant on the island provides welcome refreshment. Arrange to visit Prison Island - Changuu Private Island and other attractions in Zanzibar City using our Zanzibar City tour itinerary planner .
Create an itinerary including Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
3,341 reviews
Google
4.3
TripAdvisor
  • It’s good to see huge tortoise n lovely beach.... pleasant evening to spend at island and feel the breeze. Carry some hot coffee as there are no shops there  more »
  • A must visit place for a family or day out tour , a nice place to see giant Aldabra Tortoises and experience history of Unguja island  more »
Google
  • Beach is nice , but nothing special. Turtles are big and you can see about 20 pieces, but remember it's zoo and all turtles live like in prison. Better find turtles in the ocean and swimming with them
  • Even its written not to feed and touch the turtles I observe that the tourists don't fallow the rules and the kids touch the animals there is no control. They should protect better this turtles.
Places to stay near Prison Island - Changuu Private Island

Plan your trip to Zanzibar City

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Side trips from Zanzibar City

4.8
Duration: 4​h
4.5
Duration: 4​h
4.6
Duration: 3​h 30​min
3.8
Duration: 4​h

Hidden gems in Zanzibar City

3.3
Duration: 1​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 5​h
4.5
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Museums in Zanzibar City

2.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
2.1
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.2
Duration: 30​min

Nearby attractions in Zanzibar City

3.8
Duration: 3​h
5.0
Duration: 2​h 30​min
2.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min