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Robben Island is an Island that lies 11km North West of the V&A waterfront. The Island was for many years inhabited by seals until the arrival of the Dutch settlers who names the Island Robben Island which means Seal Island in Dutch. The Island has been used for various reasons over the years. At some point it was a lepper colony, a criminal prison, a political prison until 1996 and today a museum and world heritage site. A ferry takes daily visitors to the Island where they will be given a sightseeing tour and another tour of the prison which is conducted by former political prisoners of the Island. The tour last for about 4 hours from the time of departure to return. Visitors are advised to buy tickets well in advance to avoid any disappointments.