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Changuu Private Island Paradise

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Prison Island, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Also known as Prison Island, this private white beach is surrounded by the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean. The prison ruins have now been converted into a bright living structure, offering a host ... Read more
of entertainment facilities, such as a café, boutique and library.

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Cape Town

Back in the day, Changuu was a former slave prison. Today, the island has moved on from its darker days and is now home to giant tortoises. Spend a day here visiting these massive little guys, exploring the forest or relaxing on the beach. Or if you have snorkelling gear, there is a nearby reef that is known for its colourful starfish.

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When in Stone Town, be sure to take the 30ish minute ferry ride from the beach over to Prison Island. This island has a little bit of everything - beaches, historical landmarks, animal refuge and even a hotel. Chill on the beach or tour the remains of the prison which was used in the 1800's as a yellow fever quarantine. Perhaps the highlight of the island though are the giant tortoises that live there, some of which are hundreds of years old!! You can feed them bunches of spinach and even hold some of the young (re: small) ones.

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Fort McMurray

Refreshing to see all that this place can show

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Fantastic!

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Genova

Indeed, the peculiarity of this island is not only one but two. As you can guess from the name itself, Prison Island is so named because in 1893 a prison was built there, which was to serve as a place of detention for the unruly slaves who treated the Arabs. However, the prison was never used and at the beginning of the next century the building was converted into a hospital, and those affected by yellow fever were quarantined here. The other distinctive feature of this island, which is also called Changuu, is the presence of a colony of giant turtles from the Seychelles, some of which are estimated to be even 200 years old!

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