The island Bawe just off the coast of Stone Town, is our go-to reef. There are 3 dive sites around the island. One is on the North side and is a continuous coral wall teeming with life. Cuttle-fish, moray eels and seahorses hide between the many blue sponges, while rainbow runners and longfin batfish cruise by in the blue ..
PRISON ISLAND BOAT TRIP
Time Duration: (09:00 - 12:00 or 14:00 - 17:00)
We take the boat from stone town to prison Island
Guests will have the opportunity to feed and pet the tortoises
Visit Lloyd Mathew's Architecture
Diving & Snorkeling
Prison Island, also known as Changuu Island can be reached by boat from Stone Town in only 20 minutes. The Island was originally used as a prison, then it was turned into a quarantine station for the British Army. Although a newer prison was later built on the island, it was never used. The island has sandy beaches and is covered in lush vegetation making it a prefect habitat for island and sea birds. The surrounding sea offers some lovely snorkeling opportunities with beautiful coral formations for the visitors. The island is perfect for nature lovers.
The island’s most famous inhabitants are the giant tortoises. These endangered animals are not native to Africa, but to the Seychelles and Galapagos Islands. Originally the Prison Island tortoises were brought from Aldabra in the Seychelles to help increase the conservation efforts by starting a new breeding population. Tortoise populations started to reduce many years ago when sailors started to collect them on the ships as a fresh protein source - as the tortoises could survive many weeks or months without food. These days the tortoise decline is due to habitat destruction and poaching. Tortoises fetch a high price on the black market to private collectors.
It’s recommended for you to bring a sun hat, sun cream and beach/reef shoes for getting to and from the boat, swimming suits and a towel.
Pick up and drop off from your Hotel
Snorkeling gear (life jacket, mask & flippers)
Transport waiting charge
Experienced & Professional Tour guide
All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
“The price of this Tour does not include Tips / Gratuities for the porters and guides, as in the rest of the world tips are given only when the guests are satisfied with service they have been given. However, it is customary to tip the guides and porters, and guidelines will be given."
Local & International Flights
Expenses of a personal nature