In the province of Hinatuan Surigao del Sur, Philippines, locals and tourists have been charmed by this beautiful river called “Enchanted River”. The name perfectly suits this amazing work of nature, a place with unknown and mysterious beginnings that surround it. With its crystal clear water and 50-feet-deep sapphire, this peaceful paradise has become one of the most looked-for tourist destinations in the southern island in the country.

The Hinatuan Enchanted River is a lagoon-river on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.

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It flows into the Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean at Barangay Talisay, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

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It is found between the boundaries of Barangays of Talisay and Cambatong.

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It earned the moniker “enchanted river” from the diplomat Modesto Farolan who described the river in his poem entitled “Rio Encantado”.

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The river’s unusual colors and unexplored depths has inspired various local legends.

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One story tell of fairies that added the colors of sapphire and jade to the river to make its unique shade.

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Local fishermen also report seeing fish in the river that cannot be caught through any means.

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According to locals, the river was called the Enchanted River because of the engkantos that dwell there.

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Their legends also say that the river is haunted by supernatural beings which act as its protectors.

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This enchanted river is perfect for those who want adventure and bold enough to explore its complicated network of underwater fissures.

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I would really love to spend a day or two in this enchanted river. Surigao here I come!

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