Water activity

From Stone Town: Private Tour to Prison Island

4.2 / 5

19 reviews

Activity provider: Zanzibar Local Experience
Water activity

From Stone Town: Private Tour to Prison Island

Activity provider: Zanzibar Local Experience

From US$ 42 per person

Explore the rich culture and history of Zanzibar with a visit to Prison island by dhow. See the large tortoises that inhabit the island, and enjoy the opportunity to snorkel off the coast. Admire the stunning landscape as you swim with colorful fish.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup optional
Your hotel. The local partner will confirm your exact pickup details after booking.


  • Discover Prison Island and meet the tortoises that live there
  • Enjoy the water taxi ride to the island by traditional dhow
  • Snorkel in the crystal clear water off the island’ coastline
Full description
Visit Prison Island on a private 3-hour tour, and discover the rich history and beautiful natural surroundings of this location. Meet your guide in Zanzibar, or select the option including hotel pickup, then enjoy the ride to the island on a traditional dhow. Learn how this small island gained its name and explore the place that is now home to more than 50 tortoises, some over 100 years old.   Feed the tortoises and take up-close pictures with them, as you keep a look out for the peacocks and antelope that also live there. After discovering the island and its history, take the opportunity to snorkel in the clear waters off the coast amongst tropical fish and colorful coral. At the end of your tour, return to Zanzibar, where you’ll be dropped off in the city center, or at your hotel.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Boat transfer
  • Entrance fee
  • Local Guide
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Drinking water
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (unless option selected)
  • Food
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

In front of the Old Fort in Stone Town, Mizingani Road, Zanzibar.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility.
  • Snorkeling is optional.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 19 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money
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Its more the time u spend on the boat and car that the time u enjoy the island. The island is way overrated, you see the turtles (the smell is disgusting) and that’s all Not worthy

February 12, 2023

Our guide Simba, he is very funny and a nice guy,we spend the trip laughing with him. 5 stars absolutely

January 29, 2023

Trevlig tur, mycket beroende på att vi kom lite tidigare än de flesta. Turistfälla. Kaptenen, som också var vår guide, var kunnig och intressant att lyssna på. Stället hålls inte efter med städning, det var stora bajshögar från sköldpaddorna på stigen. Utanför sitter folk o tigger pengar till sköldpaddornas vård, trots att det är regeringen som betalar för den, åtminstone enligt vår guide. Snorklingen är väldigt medioker.

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January 7, 2023

Product ID: 271912