Prison Island

About the tour

Prison Island is one of the nearest islands to Stone Town – just about 15 minutes by boat. It is also known as Changuu Island, and its original use was a prison for renegade slaves punished by their master, an Arab landowner. Later it was taken over by a quarantine station by the British army, and another prison was built on it but never used. 

Today the island is an interesting destination for a day trip, with a nature trail, a beach and giant land tortoises, some of which are over 100 years old. 


You can also visit the popular Nakupenda Beach

Vanishing Nakupenda Island is a beautiful sand strip in the middle of the ocean that disappears at high tide. A true paradise island!

Only a 15-minute boat ride from Prison Island, it is a perfect addition to your adventure.

Relax on the beautiful white sand beach and swim in the crystal clear turquoise waters.

What is included

Transfer from and to the hotel

Guide fees

Boat ride to Prison Island

Entrance fees

Useful information

Tour Duration

3 to 4 hours

Things to bring


Walking shoes