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Changuu Island was used as a penitentiary for rebel slaves by the sultans from the 1860s until the end of the slave trade. After which the British began building a prison on the island under the guidance of First Governor, Lloyd Matthews. This was completed in 1894. However, the ‘prison’ was only ever used as a quarantine center for possible yellow-fever victims, and even then, was hardly used as that.

It is also home to a family of giant tortoises, imported from the Seychelles in the late 19th century. This island is ideal for a daytrip with refreshments available throughout the day. It also has a small restaurant where you can enjoy freshly caught fish.The island is a popular day-trip destination from Stone Town. About 20 minutes from the city by traditional Dhow sailing boat, the island offers excellent snorkeling, a beautiful and quiet white sandy beach for sun bathing and swimming.

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