Water activity

Zanzibar: Prison Island Tour with Lunch on the Sandbank

4.6 / 5

22 reviews

Activity provider: Zanzibar Local Experience

Zanzibar: Prison Island Tour with Lunch on the Sandbank

Activity provider: Zanzibar Local Experience
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From US$ 84 per person

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Immerse yourself in the magic of Zanzibar with a visit to the history-rich Prison Island, followed by a traditional BBQ lunch. Explore the island and learn about its past. Admire the array of wild tortoises that live there and relax on the sandy beach.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup optional
Outside the entrance to your hotel. The exact pickup information will be confirmed after booking.

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the history-rich Prison Island and learn about its former residents
  • Admire the island's array of wildlife including tortoises, peacocks, and antelopes
  • Snorkel in the crystal clear waters in search of coral reefs
  • Enjoy a delicious seafood BBQ on the sandbank of the island
Full description
Your Zanzibar adventure begins with a visit to Prison Island, purchased in 1893 by Lloyd Mathews, the British First Minister of Zanzibar at the time. Mathews constructed a prison complex on the island which is still visible today, however no prisoners were ever housed on the island and instead it became a quarantine station for yellow fever sufferers. On the island, spend some time exploring the area and discover the collection of over 50 tortoises that live here, some of which are more than 100 years old. Learn about why the tortoises call the island their home, as well as taking photos and feeding them too. The island is also home to peacocks and small antelope too. Once you’ve explored the island, enjoy the opportunity to cool off from the hot weather with a refreshing dip in the surrounding crystal clear waters. Spend some time snorkeling in the water just off the island and search for colorful tropical fish and vibrant coral reef. After you’ve worked up an appetite from swimming, relax on the sandbank with a delicious lunch including a seafood BBQ, Swahili cuisine, cheese, tropical fruit, and more.
Includes
  • Lunch
  • Boat transfer
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guide
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Drinking water
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

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

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What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 22 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4/5

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Fantastic day out, bit hectic at the start finding our guide among the hundreds of locals around but once we located our guide who I should stress had a lanyard and GetYourGuide I'd we were sized for flippers and handed over to Captain Simba. Fantastic tour and knowledge from Simba. Told us about his life which was very nice to hear. A genuinly nice guy. 45min-1h on prison Island was enough to see the turtles and look round, some reviews say there's not much to see and they are right, but it's interesting! Onto snorkeling which was again lovely, Simba kicked back and relaxed while we explored the reef for god knows how long. Seafood and chips for lunch and lots of it, the octopus was amazing! Journeyed back to shore for 2pm with enough time to catch out ferry.

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June 29, 2022

I recommend this activity with your eyes closed. You leave for the prison island with the turtle reserve, you are entitled to a private visit with the guide. You then leave for a splendid island where you are served a meal made on site, in the shade of a "homemade" shelter. Then you go near a coral reef for snorkeling. It's just wonderful ! Everyone is lovely and caring

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June 11, 2022

A highly recommendable tour. The bay near Stone Town is incredibly beautiful, the sand bank is amazing, Prison Island also fascinating. We got to see lots of animals (starfish en masse of varying colors!, dikdiks, innumerable giant turtles, peacocks...), the tent thingy they put up at the sandbank was really perfect, the boat transfer top. The guide kind and helpful.

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March 12, 2022

Product ID: 271922