A fascinating place to visit while in Zanzibar is Changuu Island. Also known as Prison Island, it’s home to the ruins of a former prison and hospital building built in 1893. 
Learn about the intriguing history of the “rebellious slaves” and the criminals imprisoned here. During the 1900s, the prison was transformed into a hospital to help prevent diseases then spreading in Zanzibar.

Our trusted tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to Forodhani Gardens. There you can walk along the sea-walk in this small park, surrounded by the historic city of Stone Town. Afterward, a boat will take you to the iconic Prison Island.

On the island, you will encounter and interact with the Giant Aldabra tortoises. In 1919, these animals were given to the Sultan as a gift from the British governor of Seychelles. With an amazing beach full of marine life, you can swim in crystal-clear waters. Enjoy snorkeling and be amazed by the many colorful fish near the reef. 

If you prefer, take a stroll, relax under the warm sun, and venture into the forest where you will admire the beautiful colony of peacocks strutting their magnificent tails. You can also see beautiful butterflies and maybe spot a Duiker, a native tiny antelope.

After the trip to Prison Island,  you’ll head back to Stone Town for lunch and then visit the most popular sites. Upon returning to Forodhani, you’ll relax with a magical sunset over the city while savoring a tasty Mshikaki dinner. 

Prison Island

After a full day of never-to-forget experiences, you’ll arrive back at your hotel.

Do not leave Zanzibar without visiting Prison Island. This unique place will be a highlight of your holiday!



Full-day tour. Approx. 10 hours.

Departure: 8:00 am.

You can choose the tour starting time, we usually recommend 8:00 am.
You may choose a private excursion and the desired time of departure.


Tour Prices:

Leaving from Stone Town:

$25 USD per person (2 person minimum)

2-4 people 25 USD per person

5 people or more 20 USD per person

Children between 7-18 10 USD per person



  • Pick up and drop off from your hotel
  • Transport waiting charge
  • Experienced professional tour guide
  • All taxes, fuel and service fees included
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees


Not Included:

  • Medical insurance
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Airport taxes
  • Expenses of a personal nature


Additional Information:

  • Tour may be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Bring your swimming suit, towel, sunscreen, hat or cap, and your camera
  • Bring insect repellent
  • We provide snorkeling gear