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Sailing across the azure ocean in a local dhow from the coastal edge of Zanzibar is the secluded Prison Island. From a distant, it creates an impression of being a luxurious isle surrounded by nature’s bounty; rich coral reefs, crystal clean water, lush green plantation and an artistically designed boardwalk. As you come closer, wade in the water and touch the sandy surface, the eyes glimmer and your intuition tells, here is a mysterious history to unfold.
Once a prison for the rebellious slaves and a quarantine for yellow fever patients, today the island is frequently visited by several tourists for its charming and mystical aura. The precious attractions of the tiny archipelago reveal an elusive tale and secretly whisper to the visitor what makes Prison Island alluring despite its nostalgic past.
Most locals in Zanzibar refer to the isle as Changuu, which is a local Swahili fish. To…
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