Zanzibar: Prison (Changuu) Island

Prison Island, known locally as Changuu Island, is a small island off the coast of Stone Town. It was originally built up to be a prison, but ended up being a place to quarantine people with Yellow Fever. To get there, you can pay a boat driver a negotiable amount of money. Or you can book a ridiculously-priced tour through your hotel. I’m glad we didn’t choose the latter. Honestly, I didn’t find Prison Island to be all that spectacular. Its main attraction is a collection of giant tortoises that were brought there as a gift from the Seychelles. The tortoises are not native to the island and are confined to a relatively small space for the large population. After spending time with wild tortoises in the Galapagos Islands, this was a little depressing. Basically the tortoises’ sole purpose is to get poked and prodded by large groups of tourists all day. Not that I didn’t partake in the activities. There is also a small, gorgeous beach with starfish EVERYWHERE, though. Marisa and I decided to take a dip to cool off before heading back to Stone Town.

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  1. a_est says:

    Lovely photos.

    Totally off topic, did you end up going to the Marine Ball? I saw pictures a friend posted on Facebook of your husband but I’m not sure if you went!

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