Visit Iwahig Prison & Penal Farm on Your Puerto Princesa City Tour

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A visit to Puerto Princesa is not complete without going to some of the most popular tourist spots. By taking a Puerto Princesa City tour, you’ll know the beautiful history that makes up the city and discover other cool places.

Most Puerto Princesa city tours offered by various Palawan travel agencies include a trip to Mitra’s Ranch, Crocodile Farm, Butterfly Garden, Puerto Princesa City’s Baywalk, Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Plaza Cuartel. ¬†Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm is often offered as an optional choice. A lot of visitors pass up on taking a trip to the penal farm because they are intimidated by the thought that prisoners live there. If you are booking a Puerto Princesa City tour and is still deciding whether you’d like to include Iwahig Prison and Penal farm in your itinerary, here are some information about the Penal farm that might help you decide.


When we hear the word “prison”, a picture that often comes to mind is a place where people are locked up behind bars. Iwahig Prison and Penal farm is anything but that. It is a community where you’ll see inmates roaming freely. There are over 2,000 prisoners living at Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm. With no walls or barriers to keep prisoners from trying to escape, you’d wonder why none of them have actually tried. One of the reasons is that these inmates are allowed to live with their families until they have finished serving their sentence. Inmates are also provided with means to earn money through the various livelihood programs offered by the government.

In a Puerto Princesa City Tour, you’ll learn about history of Iwahig Prison and Penal farm from your guide. As an overview, this institution was established during the American era.

During the Spanish period, exiles have been thrown to Puerto Princesa by the government, however it is not until the Americans have stepped in that the institution was fully developed. It was under the leadership of Colonel White that vocational activities and livelihood programs were offered to prisoners. They can choose from a wide array of opportunities like fishing, farming, carpentry and paramedical works. Since Iwahig Prison and Penal farm opened the community to visitors, inmates also try to earn money by selling handcrafted items as souvenirs.

Don’t miss the chance of visiting this one-of-a-kind institution. Book your Puerto Princesa City tour and make sure you have enough time to include Iwahig Prison and Penal farm in your itinerary. If you are leaving the city on the same day of your Puerto Princesa City Tour, it is recommended to book your flight late in the afternoon or in the evening so you have enough time to visit Iwahig Prison and Penal farm.

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