Private Transfer | Daily Departure 

Half day excursion excluding lunch

PRISON ISLAND Or Changuu Island (also known as Kibandiko, Prison or Quarantine Island).

Is a small island 5.6 km north-west of Stone Town, Unguja, Zanzibar. The island is around 800m long and 230m wide at its broadest point. The island saw use as a prison for rebellious slaves in 1860s and also functioned as a coral mine. 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. The station was only occupied for around half of the year and the rest of the time it was a popular holiday destination. More recently the island has become a government-owned tourist resort and houses a collection of endangered

Enjoy a 30 minute boat ride with a view of the Stone Town Skyline, after arriving on Prison Island your guide will explain you the History and introduce you to the giant tortoises.


  • Do not forget your swimwear and sandals.
  • Please pack sunscreen and a hat for the trip to Prison Island.
  • Pets, Alcohol and drugs are not allowed


  • Zanzibar is a predominantly Muslim island. Please respect this when in or around Stone Town. Woman are asked to cover there knees and shoulders
  • Please ask permission from your guide before taking pictures of people
  • Please do not purchase any large shells or coral from local vendors as it promotes the destruction of our fragile marine eco system.
3 Hours 02 Feb, 02 Feb, 02 Feb, and more Changu Island, Mjini Magharibi Region

What is included in the tour

  • Return transportation from your accommodation outside Stone Town
  • Snorkeling gear on request.
  • Life jackets
  • Guide, boat, and conservation fee
  • Government taxes
  • Enjoy your trip to the historical Prison Island
  • Discover the fascinating stories of the buildings
  • Go snorkeling and find the precious tortoises
Pickup point
Prison Island, Zanzibar Urban West Region, Tanzania View on Map