Changuu Island

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  • Address: Off Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: +255-777890052
  • Ticket Price: 35 USD
  • Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Island, View Point, Family And Kids

Changuu Island - Review

Changuu Island, also known as Prison Island, was used as a prison for slaves of the Arab merchants. Late in the 19th century, an architect Lloyd Matthews built the impressive prison on the island. It was also used as a quarantine centre for yellow fever epidemics. Some of the extra buildings constructed during this time were converted into guest houses to boost tourism. Another reason toruists flock to the isle is due to the giant tortoises present on the island. They lay eggs which are protected by the local authorities. If you are visiting the island, you can also have a chance to play with these gentle beasts. Underwater lovers can snorkel in the clear blue waters.

Changuu Island Information

  • The tour rates include snorkelling charges, boat ride, mineral water charges, luggage and tour guide costs.

Changuu Island Ticket Prices

  • For 50 USD, you can get lunch on your visit to the island.

How To reach Changuu Island by Public Transport

  • The island is accessible by boat. It can be explored on foot.
  • There are flights available from Dar-es-Salaam and Pemba.

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TripHobo Highlights for Changuu Island

  • Changuu Island Address: Off Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Changuu Island Contact Number: +255-777890052
  • Changuu Island Timing: 24-hrs
  • Changuu Island Price: 35 USD
  • Best time to visit Changuu Island(preferred time): 09:00 am - 01:30 pm
  • Time required to visit Changuu Island: 05:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Changuu Island

  • 29.05% of people who visit Zanzibar include Changuu Island in their plan

  • 31.94% of people start their Changuu Island visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 5 Hrs to see Changuu Island

Monday, Wednesday and Saturday

85.07% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Changuu Island

People normally club together Old Dispensary and Zanzibar Spices And Heritage Centre while planning their visit to Changuu Island.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Changuu Island Trips

Changuu Island, Zanzibar Reviews

  • The best bit are the giant tortoises but other than that... It was good to see the giant tortoises... they are massive!! Other than that there isn't anything too special about Prison Island to be honest. Still a popular tourist location in Zanzibar and so you may just want to tick that off your list when you visit.

  • Great place to visit. Beautiful beach and seeing the giant tortoises. Fabulous walking round the ruins.

  • Nice island, known best for giant tortoises and for its history as slaves-prison. Should be visited for being a part of the Zanzibari history.

  • Come and see prison island its actually nice place to visit

  • Nice place to visit, you must enjoy your day here 😀

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