Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm, Puerto Princesa
(2.8/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
For an eye-opening experience, head to Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm. The prison was originally built in 1904 during the American occupation to home prisoners who were fighting against American colonization. Interestingly, in 1959 the government decided to distribute colonial land for cultivation to deserving colonists. Prisoners were divided into settlers and colonists, and those settlers who were approved were granted land to cultivate and develop. Today, the prisoners live in dormitories and work on various agricultural projects within the prison farm (except for high security prisoners). Visit the souvenir shop, where you’ll find various products on sale, all made from recycled materials and by the prisoners themselves. Money raised through the sale of souvenirs goes to supporting the prisoners' families. Use our Puerto Princesa travel itinerary maker to visit Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm on your trip to Puerto Princesa, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We went with a tricycle to the prison and have for back and forth on PP 300 paid in total, driver has 2 hours waiting for us. Arrived 20 minutes away in "Prison" you don't know how one should proceed alone. Man is alone, no wake at a "prisoner" - all taken prisoners very very friendly and did not stop to talk to (a nice change of pace, clearly), you can learn much about destroyed lives of the occupants, offences which they have done and what they experience in the prison / work and how to proceed after their release to... The killer was the small dealer everything included - can only recommend everyone, go and open out to the people and the time take to talk to them.
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  • I felt like in the Zoo. Not my thing. We were two women (a boy-it) and a man, but I haven't felt safe, especially not with a young wife. As already described, it is funny to ask the occupants.
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  • Saw the prison mentioned in Lonely planet and as it was raining thought we would give it a go. Interesting and eye opening. As we entered it was a bit nerve racking as the prisoners were just walking ...  more »