Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm

Attraction Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

3 hours
08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
08:30 AM
11:30 AM
Second-time visit
0.00 USD

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Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines is one of seven operating units of the Bureau of Corrections under the Department of Justice.

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Why Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm is special ?

Iwahig Prison And Penal Farm lies within over 45,000-hectares of land on the island of Palawan in the Philippines. The remarkable thing about this prison is that there are no walls to contain the prisoners and barely a fence to mark its boundary. Given its low security, escape attempts are relatively rare. This may be due to the fact that the inmates are allowed to govern and police themselves to a large extent, but also because many of the inmate’s family’s choose to live at the prison too; giving up jobs and houses and moving the entire family to be near their loved one.

As well as the relative freedom of this open prison, inmates are given the opportunity to retrain and can opt to learn a trade within the colony. From farming and fishing, through to forestry, and carpentry. This allows the government to recoup the money spent on the prisoner’s upkeep. Once the government has deducted the monies owed to it, the remaining money goes back to the inmate and their family.

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What to explore at Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm?

The Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm is one of the most popular prisons in the Philippines. With coconut palm trees, rice, and other crops planted and cultivated by the prisoners and their families, the colony and the penal farm attract tourists and visitors alike. Within the farm is Balsahan River, known for its cascading waters coming from the nearby mountain. You will have opportunity to see the peaceful life of prisons. Seeing them working on the rice field and long nice rice field. Moreover, you will learn about the prison and their way of life and see old colonial buildings.

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How to get to Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm?

Cheapest option while getting around Palawan is the local jeepney, tricycles are also available. Getting from one island to another in Palawan is possible; daily boat trips are available. Car and van rentals are also available in Palawan.

Travelers can take the multi-cab going straight to Iwahig Prison for Php 50. A multi-cab outside the LTO office in Valencia St. departs every two hours. It's around an hour's drive.

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Selling points

  • Great place and off the beaten track
  • Pleasant surprise
  • Interesting prison system
  • Up close with prisoner life
  • Unique once in a lifetime experience
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Tips for you

  • The road is rocky so driving is hard, you should go by foot
  • You can also buy a handicraft from the prisoners.
  • You can see prisons are working in rice field, and beautiful rice field Besides, you can visit souvenir shops and entertainment of prisons
    What to see
  • Although the entrance fee is free but you should bring extra money to take donation
    What to bring
  • Take photos about nice rice field and nature surroundings
  • You should go to see on sunny day because the rainy day is so hard to move.
  • History and good views and old colonial buildings, nice rice field


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The prisoners seem friendly and accommodating. I was expecting taunting and piercing looks but they were well behaved. The items they were selling were also affordable. I was able to buy a bunch of things for pasalubong.

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Came here as it was part of the city tour. Bought some souvenirs from the souvenir shop. The inmates themselves will try to sell you their products. Bought a wood pendant and had my name painted on it for only 120 pesos. The inmates also did a gangnam style dance.

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The place has a nice view and very huge landscape. They have their own place for souvenirs where all the things that is being sold are made by the prisoners themselves. Inside the Iwahig farm is a natural river where you can plunge in.

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The prisoners seem friendly and accommodating. I was expecting taunting and piercing looks but they were well behaved. The items they were selling were also affordable. I was able to buy a bunch of things for pasalubong.

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