21 February 2015

Prison Island

The island was purchased by the British First Minister of Zanzibar in 1893 and a prison complex was constructed. No prisoners were ever housed there though, instead it was used as a quarantine station for yellow fever patients. More recently it has become a government owned tourist resort housing a collection of endangered Aldabra Giant Tortoises which were originally a gift from the British Governor of the Seychelles.
The island offers plenty of activities - after working up an appetite visiting the tortoises, swimming or snorkelling, you can have lunch at the cafe or restaurant, then relax sunbathing.

Going over to the island



The island is fringed with a beautiful coral reef and has an exquisite white beach.




My guide




The beautiful sparkling waters are so clear you can see your shadow



Jambo, it means hello. 
A beautiful place to spend a few hours or a whole day.



9 comments:

  1. If you had to be a prisoner then that's clearly the place to be.

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    1. ha ha yes definately. Thank you for joining my site John.

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  2. Jambo Polly! What a beautiful place, the skies, the water, the wildlife. Perfect!

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    1. Jamob Chel, it was a perfect paradise.

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  3. Wow, that is just such a gorgeous place! Sx

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    1. Hello Suzy, yes it certainly is x

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  4. Somehow the idea of being a prisoner here has a certain kind of appeal Polly :) could those waters around the island be any more blue and pristine!

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    1. ha ha, hi Grace, yes I'm with you there, although I don't think they would have been given sun cream!!

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  5. Somehow the idea of being a prisoner here has a certain kind of appeal Polly :) could those waters around the island be any more blue and pristine!

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