Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm, Puerto Princesa

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. Add Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm to your Puerto Princesa travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Puerto Princesa visit planner .
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  • I loved swimming in the cool waters of the river. Bathroom is scary for westerner's standards. The gift shop is awkward with prisoners on your face trying to sell you stuff. It was uncomfortable. Don'...  more »
  • We did not have the chance to go inside but learned some interesting facts about the place through our tour guide and the friendly prison guard out front.  more »
  • Something different to do in the city, worth a visit.. very surreal experience but good! We got a tricycle there and he was hesitant at first he hadn’t been there, was about 35 mins from the centre. W...  more »
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