Big tortoises, small beach – Feb 2011

Prison Island – Zanzibar, Tanzania.

The island also known as Changuu is about 15mins from old town. We took an organised tour of four people and they provided us with a masks and fins for snorkelling. However, there is an entrance fee of US$4. It was actually possible to take an organised trip where we could do island hopping; in the small islands surrounding Zanzibar but we turned down the offer it was too much expensive for us.

The mega tortoises

The main attraction in this small island is snorkelling, swimming, sunbathing and getting to feed giant tortoises imported from Aldabra in the Seychelles in the late 19th century. They weigh hundreds of kilos and some of them are hundreds of years old. The place is also historical as it was a slaves quarantine used by the Arabs before the British built the slave market in Santa Monica. The island is beautiful with a small white sand beach, clear waters and very old beautifully coloured houses with walls that are intertwined with the roots of banyan trees. It has also beautiful coral, a small restaurant where we enjoyed fish and French fries for lunch and a pool, but it is only for the guests staying in the island. It was a good place for us to escape the old town.

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