Welcome to Changuu


You can also admire the giant tortoises, whose ancestors were brought here from the Seychelles over a century ago. History fans may like to know the island was once used to detain slaves and later was the site of a prison and quarantine station. Also on the island is the former house of the British governor, General Lloyd Matthews.

Beyond the main beach, day visitors cannot explore at will, as much of the island is only for guests at Changuu Private Island Paradise.


Top experiences in Changuu

Travel guides

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Changuu activities

$75 Tours & Sightseeing

Stone Town and Prison Island from Zanzibar

A half day trip dedicated to the discovery of ancient life of the city of the suspended weather, culture and their folklore. Walking around Zanzibar's famous Stone Town where various traditions from East Africa are meets, the local fashion of the dark cloths, colonial places that between them walls containing the history of the ancient dominion of Sultan, traditions, clothes, fragrance and the colors of the places clearly brings back the memories, more than about old fashion by the same time the poverty of ZanzibarPrison Island is just 20 mins riding by motorized boat to reach the wonderful west based historic island. Was originally owned by wealthy Arabian merchant who used it as detention Centre for disobedient slaves during slavery. Under the Leadership of the third Sultan of Zanzibar, just after the abolition of slave trade in 1873, the prison intending to keep recalcitrant prisoners was constructed and keep the standing name Prison Island. However, the Island was then used as the quarantine station of all of east African countries following the Outbreak of cholera disease along the coast of East African coast where the victims were collected in different parts before being sent to changuu Island for further treatment. The Island was also used as an accommodation site for those prisoners obtained from the Second World War. You will get in, 20mins on motorboat across the sea, the most interesting trip that brings you a foresight of the Zanzibar Port and the beautiful preview of the city of Stone Town far side while you are in the sea to Changuu to spot giants tortoises with its fantastic white sandy beach and spectacular natural forest teeming with variety of birds. 

$40 Tours & Sightseeing

Prison Island Half-Day Tour from Zanzibar

You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the excursion spot. The Aldabra Giant Tortoise sanctuary is a major tourist lure and the oldest tortoise is 192 years old. The turtles are not indigenous and are magisterial creatures, weighing in at an average of 200 kg some are as old as  over 100 years (4 turtles are 150 years). You can feed them at a fee paid at the Island, but watch out for their snapping beaks. 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. The island’s restaurant, Matthews, is good and well-renowned. This is especially so considering the restaurant’s charming atmosphere and good sea view.You will then be dropped off at the hotel after the excursion.