Acoording to Wikipedia:
The river’s unusual colors and unexplored depths has inspired various local legends. One story tell of fairies that added the colors of sapphire and jade to the river to make its unique shade. Local fisherfolk also report seeing fish in the river that cannot be caught through any means. According to locals, the river was called the Enchanted River because of the engkantos that dwell there. Their legends also say that the river is haunted by supernatural beings which act as its protectors
I never thought I would see this place for real as it’s too far from Manila and I never thought that I would actually step into Surigao del Sur, as the idea of it being in Mindanao is enough to scare me (sorry, but really).
So when we decided to include Surigao Del Sur on our Davao trip, we really did a lot of research as to make sure that we know what we’re doing. Hahaha.
So after leaving the International Doll House at 11:25am, we arrived at Hinatuan Enchanted River at around 12:30pm. We paid P30/each for the entrance fee. We didn’t rent any cottages as it’s just the two of us and we really don’t have anything with us aside from our small bags for our wallet and phone. So we just put our belongings on the side, where we can still see it.
We were not able to witness the fish-feeding that day as they always do it at 12:00pm sharp. It was really sad as we’ve been looking forward to it after reading a lot of blogs that says it’s really an incredible thing to watch as a lot of fish will come out on the surface of the water, then disappear again at the bottom after the feeding.
The underground cave is about 82 meters depth, but since it’s still unexplored beyond that, they still cannot identify the exact depth of the underground cave. Crazy isn’t it? And so for someone like us who doesn’t know how to swim, this one is really a nerve-racking! hahaha!
And so here’s the fun part!
When we arrived at past 12, the water is still at low-tide, but imagine what happened after the clock ticked at 3:30pm…
The place is a bit crowded since it’s past noon already. There’s life vest that you can rent for a very cheap price, but we didn’t bother to get one and we basically just lounge on the side area of the river where there are platform of rocks that we can still step into, but be careful, just one wrong step will definitely kill you (if you don’t know how to swim) hahaha…
We stayed here until quarter to 4pm 🙂
I can say that the Enchanted River is really a beauty, but me and my friend both agreed that we still rate Tinuy-An Falls as the best part of our trip.
And so this ends our Surigao Del Sur side trip! We headed back to Davao City the following day for our Samal Island adventure!