Prison Island Boat Trip

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4.5 Based on 2 Reviews
  • Booking Type Instant booking
  • duration 3 hours
  • tour type Private and Group
  • age requirement 5-79 yrs
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-10870
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English, French, German, Italian
  • Starts Stone Town, Tanzania
  • Ends Stone Town, Tanzania
  • Take a boat from Stone Town to Prison Island
  • Encounter giant tortoises up close
  • Dive, snorkel or swim
  • Explore the old prision
This half day tour via a short boat trip to Prison Island is simply paradise on earth. See the giant tortoises wandering around, escape for some peace and quiet and enjoy the coral reefs while snorkeling.

This historical Island was formerly owned by an Arab and used for the confinement of refractory slaves. In 1893, Lloyd Mathews built the prison, with the idea of sending violent criminals from the Tanganyika mainland to the island. The Prison Island ended up being used as a quarantine center, instead of a prison, for yellow fever epidemics that once raged through the region. Prison Island is still owned by the Zanzibar government.

The old prison still remains standing, providing shelter for the giant tortoises which are conserved on the Prison Island. You can walk in the quarantine center and come face to face with these amazing creatures.

The island is a superb spot for the photographer. On this little paradise one can also swim, snorkel, sunbathe or just relax and enjoy the peacefulness that this beautiful island. It is fringed with a beautiful coral reef, ideal for snorkeling, and has a lovely white beach for sun-bathing.

This tour is a perfect half day-trip with refreshments available throughout the day. The island also has a small restaurant where you can enjoy simple meals. If you would like to stay longer and enjoy the beach and ocean, this is no problem!
  • Snorkeling gear (life jacket, mask & flippers)
  • Experienced professional tour guide
  • Pick up and drop off from your hotel
  • Entrances fees
  • Boat charter
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • 1L bottle of mineral wate
  • Medical insurance, travel insurance
  • Personal purchases
  • Visas & Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • From Sweden
  • On Oct 21 2019
5 - Excellent
Prison Island
It was an amazing trip with Abdul to Prison Island. The tortoise was a very big experience.
  • Monica Brown
  • From USA
  • On Jul 17 2019
4 - Very Good
Rough Boat Ride
Overall, the trip was just fine. If you are not a fan of those small boats that sway from side to side, do not take this tour. The tour guide was fantastic. The tortoises were amazing (worth a little discomfort on the boat), and... Read more
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