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, 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.

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

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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 29.34% 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
  • Great place to visit when you get tired of Stone Town. I enjoyed the turtles as much as I enjoyed the nearby beautiful beach but beware of crowds of tourists who flock to the island and are not always considerate of other people’s presence.

  • Amazing Island with very nice views and beach Should be visited while you are around here *(Zanzibar / Tanzania)

  • Beautiful place to snorkel 😁. Island itself is interesting, turtles are awesome (don't forget to donate for food on your way out).

  • Tortoises were great, lovely beach and interesting prison buildings

  • 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.

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