Water activity

Prison Island: Private Half-Day Tour

4.3 / 5

39 reviews

Activity provider: Babu Tours & Safaris

Prison Island: Private Half-Day Tour

Activity provider: Babu Tours & Safaris
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From US$ 40 per person

Likely to sell out

Discover Prison Island on this 3-hour guided tour. Play with tortoises, swim or snorkel, and relax on the beach. Your qualified guide will help you and give you a detailed explanation of the history of the island.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Russian
Pickup included
Your hotel outside of Stone Town.
Private group available


  • Enjoy your trip to the historical Prison Island
  • Discover the fascinating stories of the buildings
  • Go snorkeling and find the precious tortoises
Full description
This private guided half day tour can begin any time from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Meet your well-trained guide and boatman as your board your steam-engine wooden boat. Head to the prestigious island and enjoy the 30-minute journey.  Listen to the history of the island and discover the past centuries through the historical buildings, which have served many purposes over the years including a prison, chapel, and hiding place for slaves after the abolition.  Enjoy a swim or snorkel around the colorful coral rocks and turquoise waters. Play with giant tortoises and you may take photographs with these old precious creatures. If you do not have much experience or confidence in the water, you will be provided with a life jacket. 
  • Return transportation from your accommodation in Stone Town
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Life jackets
  • Guide, boat, and conservation fee
  • Government taxes
  • Transportation from accommodation outside Stone Town
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Do not forget your swimwear and sandals
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 39 reviews

Review summary

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  • Transportation
  • Value for money
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Great trip over all! Our guide was super friendly and knowledgeable and gave us a ton of information on both the history of the island and the turtles ..! The snorkeling part was not that great. The water was full of urchins so setting down your foot was very risky. Also the boat was quite hard getting in and out of due to a very short ladder.

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July 16, 2021

It's nice to see and feed the turtles (we also caught a couple getting it on which was amusing) and the guide gives you a nice tour of the island and it's history. Doesn't really need 3 hours though unless you want to spend time at the restaurant or swim on the island's beach (we had already eaten and spent the morning at the beach so ended up spending about 45 minutes which was enough).

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December 7, 2020

The guide, Muhammad, was on time, had a fresh, big boat and was knowledgeable. He made sure we were among the first visitors to the island which was great as it was completely packed with tourists 30 minutes later. No further good water to snorkel in, not as clear as for example outside Mnemba and few fish, but still nice with a swim.

August 19, 2019

Product ID: 208461