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Hinatuan Enchanted River

The Philippine islands are home for various tribes and ethnic groups with different faith and beliefs.  These beliefs gave birth to numbers of mythical tales about their gods and goddesses and many other mystical beings.  Few of these stories tells about the so called “engkantos” or enchanted supernatural beings which live in thick forests, rich mountains, huge rocks or in bodies of waters like flowing rivers.

Hinatuan Enchanted River
Hinatuan Enchanted River

In Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, a charming river flows with the tales of these enchanted beings attached to its name and spectacular beauty.  The Enchanted River which flows in the town of Hinatuan is said to be a gateway towards a supernatural world because of its enchanting magnificence which attracts many tourists both from within the country or from abroad.

Its clear blue, slow-flowing water which shouts out the seems to be the reflection of its name lures the people to itself as a great attraction authored by mother nature for the world to see.  The limestone which bring thoughts that it was being intentionally carved, the fishes that live in this fusion of fresh and saltwater and its grandiose surroundings proves that it deserves to be named as such.

Early morning on weekdays is the best time to visit the river to avoid the large crowd on lunchtime and afternoon especially on weekends and holidays.  On 12 noon and occasionally at 3:00pm, caretakers feed the fishes in the river that’s why swimming or dipping in the water is prohibited for an hour.

You may get to Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur via Davao City or Butuan City route.  From Davao City, you may take a bus to Mangagoy (Bislig City), Surigao del Sur which will take for about 6hours and take a short ride to Hinatuan afterwards.  On the other hand, you may take a five-hour bus ride from Butuan to Hinatuan.  As soon as you get on Hinatuan proper, you may now take a motorcycle or habal-habal to the Hinatuan Enchanted River.  The entrance fee is 30php and cottages were about 100php.  You may also bring your own food and drinks or eat at a nearby restaurant but, staying overnight at the river is strictly prohibited.

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The Beautiful Hinatuan Enchanted River

Know Before You Go to Hinatuan Enchanted River

From the Butuan City Domestic Airport, you can take a van that goes straight to the town of Hinatuan. They can let you off near a signboard that Hinatuan Enchanted River where you can ride a motorcycle that passes through a dirt road and then a forested area leading to the river. You may also come in from Davao City and take a van or a bus to the same signboard to Hinatuan.

The Hinatuan River in Mindanao, Philippines, is a deep spring river on the island of Mindanao.

About 30 minutes from the town of Hinatuan in Barangay Cambatong lays the Hinatuan River which has become one of the most popular tourist attraction sites in Philippines.

The surface of the water is typically calm & peacefull, and this combined with the impressive clarity of the bright blue water, gives this place an unreal, magical quality.

The river has such crystal-clear waters, that you can see the riverbed even at the deepest part.

Hinatuan River earned it’s moniker “Enchanted River” after being described in a poem written by the diplomat Modesto Farolan.

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