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Though giant Aldabra tortoises are the only permanent residents of this...

Though giant Aldabra tortoises are the only permanent residents of this peaceful island, tourists visit daily for sunbathing and snorkeling.

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Trip to Changuu/ Prison/ Tortoise Island

Great tour. Boat trip through to the island was good. Kids enjoyed feeding and petting the huge tortoises. And snorkeling afterward was a bonus. A great outing with the family

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 September 2016
Sumaya S
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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

What an amazing opportunity to see giant tortoises up close and what a travesty that they were so poorly looked after. I spent an hour clearing up plastic and rubbish, that I even found one tortoise eating. When I found the manager he acknowledged that this has killed some of these beautiful creatures and whilst there were specifically people employed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

I had the best birtday ever at Prison Island. We learned a bit about the history of the island, and then we got up&close with the tortoises. They live on the islans and are of all sizes. You can touch them and scratch them behind their feet, which they love. Really cool! After that, when the tide was low, we... More 

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

What an amazing place, you have to visit it if you have gone to Zanzibar ! Picturesque !! The light blue waters, the beautiful sand, it is just amazing.. The tortoise enclosure is also a must visit in the island.. great place!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

The staff is a bit sleeping, no one really does anything to give you a good experience unless you have your own tour guide with you. The turtles are really great and a nice experience, but the prison is disappointing since there really isn't anything left of it. Most of the island are closed for the hotel guests only. If... More 

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2 Thank Radu S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Very interesting place with huge turtles! The oldest turtle there is 192 years old! You can feed the turtles with leafs!

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2 Thank Yana A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Great tour. Boat trip through to the island was good. Kids enjoyed feeding and petting the huge tortoises. And snorkeling afterward was a bonus. A great outing with the family

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1 Thank Sumaya S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

It's full of turtles and use to be prison, however the sea around it it's very beautiful and you can go to Island beside it to swim

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

We paid 15000shilling per person for the boat from stone town then $4 each for entry to the conservation. There are sooo many tortoises in there and you can go right up close to them and touch them and feed them! There were a few huge ones that were over 150 years old!! Amazing experience!

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South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

The island itself doesn't have a lot to offer, but it is well worth the visit for the giant tortoises. If you are an animal lover, then you definitely need to visit these gentle giants and spend some time feeding them and taking pics with them. The island has some history attached it and it is interesting to learn about... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We didn't take our swim gear with us, which we should have, the water around the island seems lovely too. We just visited the prison and then spent time feeding the turtles.

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