Prison Island

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An Aldabra giant tortoise looks out from its shell on Prison Island off Zanzibar
An Aldabra giant tortoise looks out from its shell on Prison Island off Zanzibar
Pet a tortoise that is up to 180 years old!
Pet a tortoise that is up to 180 years old!
A solitary Aldabra giant tortoise
A solitary Aldabra giant tortoise
Getting a little hot? Why not go for a snorkel in the crystal clear waters that surround the island, or go for a swim and relax on the white sands?
Getting a little hot? Why not go for a snorkel in the crystal clear waters that surround the island, or go for a swim and relax on the white sands?
Getting a little hot? Why not go for a snorkel in the crystal clear waters that surround the island, or go for a swim and relax on the white sands?
Getting a little hot? Why not go for a snorkel in the crystal clear waters that surround the island, or go for a swim and relax on the white sands?
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What To Expect

This half day excursion mixes a bit of history with adventure! Take a tour of Prison Island to learn its shameful past, befriend an Aldabra Tortoise and 'oh' and 'ah' at the tropical fish as you snorkel in the surrounding waters!

Specifications

Type:
Tours from Zanzibar
Departs From:
Zanzibar
Meeting Point:
Hotel pick-up
Duration:
Half day
Availability:
daily at 9:30 AM
Product Code:
4697
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Description

This half day excursion mixes a bit of history with adventure! Take a tour of Prison Island to learn its shameful past, befriend an Aldabra Tortoise and 'oh' and 'ah' at the tropical fish as you snorkel in the surrounding waters!

Choose amongst a morning or afternoon charter, and take off for Prison Island, also known as Changuu or Quarantine Island. There, tour a conservation area dedicated to the endangered Aldabra Tortoises. Pet a tortoise that is up to 180 years old! After admiring our large, reptile friends, take a tour of the historical prison, once used to house rebellious slaves, and later used as a quarantine, sheltering the island from such epidemics as yellow fever. Getting a little hot? Why not go for a snorkel in the crystal clear waters that surround the island, or go for a swim and relax on the white sands? On the sail back, we'll indulge in some tropical fruits, hoping to leave you with an extra sweet memory of your day.

Itinerary or Activities

  • 09:30 - We meet at the original Dhow Safaris meeting point before boarding our dhow.

  • 09:45 - We meet the crew and will be observing a safety briefing before setting sail toward Prison Island.

  • 10:30 - We arrive at Prison Island. Then we tour the historic prison and visit the giant tortoises as we snorkel around.

  • 12:00 - We set sail for Stone Town.

  • 12:30 - We arrive at the town.

Includes

  • Mineral drinking water

  • Hotel pick-up

  • Transport

  • Services of an experienced guide

  • Entrance fees

  • Fruits in season

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks (unless specified)

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

Please Note

  • Child rates are applicable from ages 0 to 11 years.

  • Guides are available in English, French, Italian and Spanish. Must be pre-booked at the time of booking.

  • Guests are advised to bring swim wear, towels, water resistant shoes, hats and sunscreen.

  • Kindly refrain from feeding or touching the tortoises.

  • For departures from other areas, please inquire.

  • During the holy month of Ramadan, please be advised that all restaurants not part of hotels will be closed and will not offer services during daytime. Hotels and similar establishments will have to restrict food and drinking services to the confinements of their premises. Please refrain from eating, drinking, kissing and smoking in public as this will offend the traditional and cultural norms of the country during this period.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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