At first, Changuu Island (known more commonly as Prison Island) was the location where slaves were detained and held until they were transported to places in the Middle East or Europe. After that, the island was transformed into a quarantine center where people with deadly diseases were left, so they wouldn’t spread their illnesses with the healthy.
Today, the island is a nature reserve, and a beautiful place to spend the day when you visit Stone Town, Zanzibar.
The island is a popular day-trip destination from Stone Town. About 20 minutes from the city by traditional Dhow sailing boat, the island offers excellent snorkelling, a beautiful and quiet white sandy beach, giant turtle sanctuary and coral rag forest.
Other marine life is also reasonably rich and Changuu provides good snorkelling. It is by no means the most extensive or varied snorkelling spot off the coast of Zanzibar, but being so close to Stone Town and so easily accessible makes it ideal for those who want to see ‘under the sea’ a little while on a city break.
After the visit of Prison, you’ll be transferred to the breathtaking Nakupenda Sandbanks, in front of Stone Town.
Nakupenda (In swahili means I LOVE YOU) is the name of an amazing sandbank located just off Stone town. A Full day trip dedicates Prison Island’s giants tortoises visit, snorkeling, sunbathing, taste of Sea foods and seasonal fruits. Snorkeling off Prison island, viewing stunning array of colored corals and tropical fish of the islands before reaching our dream place Nakupenda.
A place where brilliant birdlife exists, very white sand, limpid and crystalline water. You would live in the natural reserve that hospitable by its naturalistic and their proper pearls of Indian Ocean. The language of the white sands and their alternative sea appear and disappear. Enjoy our seasonal fruits, sand bathing and our Sea food lunch. Relax on the sandbank or discover marine life around the sandbank before riding our motorboat or sailing back to Stone town.
We can take you to this ancient mosque, which was built by the local ruler Sheikh Seyyid Abi Amran. Then you will go to a small fishing village there you will be taken for a boat ride (Motorized Local Boat) to search the dolphins. Moreover, we advise you to wear swimming suits, waterproof sandals and bring sunscreen, towel and a spare T-shirt for the dolphin tour.