Zanzibar Prison Island or Changuu Island is the middle island of the three visible from the Stone Townanzibar, it takes approximately 30 minutes to get there by boat or a local dhow.
This historical Island was formerly owned by an Arab and used for the confinement of refractory slaves. It was bought by General Matthews and the jail which still stands, was built in 1893 and hence the name Prison Island. It was later used as a quarantine Hospital, it has a frangipani lined path around the island where the former patients took their evening walks. Apart from the Prison ruins you can also see the beautiful peacocks and the enormous giant tortoises some of which are over a 100 years old. These tortoises were brought here from Seychelles by Sultan Said in the 1820s. Efforts are being made to protect the eggs of the tortoise. The island is a superb scenario for the photographer. A self walking safari covers the island in 15minutes. On this little paradise one can also swim, snorkel, sunbathe or just relax and enjoy the peacefulness that this beautiful island has to offer.