It was such a nice, relaxing trip to a beautiful place. This paradise in the Philippines seems too good to be true but it is. It was worth the visit and I know I will come back again. The food, the people and the wonders of nature are just the breath of fresh air we badly needed.

Who would think that squatters live here? But they do, Mayor Hagedorn made it possible for them to stay near the place where they earn a living. These people pay off a monthly fee and in 25 years the unit will be theirs.

The Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm was originally set up in 1902 by the United States to house Philippine prisoners who had fought against the American colonization of the Philippines. Today, situated on the lush island of Palawan, only 30 minutes by road from Puerto Princesa City, Iwahig is unique among penal institutions. Despite the fact that most of the 2,300 inmates have been convicted of homicide, the majority are minimum security prisoners and are thus not locked up within the colony. Instead, these minimum security inmates live in dormitories and work on one of the many agricultural projects located within the prison farm.

This is but less than a quarter of the land being tilled by the prisoners with light sentences. Here they can be productive and make better use of themselves.

Here we had our rather very, very late lunch. The food is cheap but cooked to perfection.

Colorful bancas that will take us to the underground river from Sabang.

Majestic rock formations abound in the island going to the underground river.

Interesting facts abound while on the footpath to the underground river.

Paradise, at last!

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