Puerto Princesa City Tour with Iwahig Penal Farmfrom
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Activity Level Fairly Easy
Group Size Private
Discover Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm, where inmates live, work and move freely, as well as the main attractions of Puerto Princesa city
Iwahig Prison is correctional facility that was established during the American occupation. It was however, during the Spanish regime that Puerto Princesa was designated as a place where offenders sentenced to banishment were exiled. Under the supervision of Col. John R. White of the Philippine, who become superintendent of Iwahig in 1906, the colony became a successful settlement. A merit system was devised for the prisoners and vocational activities were offered. These included farming, fishing, forestry, carpentry, and hospital paramedical work. Prisoners could choose the vocational activities they wanted.
The government furnishes the land and initial requirements for tools, dwellings and beast of burden. The inmates are required to reimburse expenditures incurred for their maintenance and that of their families out of the products of their farms. Upon their release from the colony, they receive whatever amount of money they have credited in their favor, after deducting the obligations they have.
- Iwahig Prison Farm
- Immaculate Conception Cathedral
- Plaza Cuartel
- Palawan Rescue and Conservation Centre or Butterfly Farm
- Mitra’s Ranch
- Baker’s Hill
Recommended things to bring along:
- Hats, sunscreen and sunglasses
- Insect repellent
- Flip-flops, sandals or comfortable walking shoes
- Cash for personal expenses
- Packable rain jacket or poncho (just in case of rain)
- Daily Backpack
Best time to go
The best time to go to Iwahig Prison and Balsahan, it is possible to do the tour all year round.
- Hotel pick up/drop off
- Sightseeing and Activities as per the itinerary
- Entry Fees
- English speaking guide
Puerto Princesa city tour with Iwahig Prison
Pick up from hotel between 8.30-9.00am
Meet at the hotel and proceed for a city tour of Puerto Princesa with Iwahig Penal Farm.
Upon arrival at the Iwahig Penal Farm visit the recreation hall to learn about the inmates education program and job training.
After visiting the Penal Farm continue to the nearby Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (formerly known as Crocodile Farm) or Palawan Butterfly Garden.
Continue to Mitra’s Ranch for a panoramic view of Puerto Princesa and Baker’s Hill where you can enjoy the beautiful garden landscape and taste local delicacies.
After lunch at local restaurant proceed to Puerto Princesa downtown.
Drive along the Rizal Avenue passing the City Hall and the Baywalk until the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. This blue-colored church is a century-old historical landmark. Adjacent to the church there is the Eulalia Park and the Plaza Cuartel, a restored ruin of a Japanese military base built during the World War II.
After the tour transfer to your hotel.
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