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.
It flows into the Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean at Barangay Talisay, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
It is found between the boundaries of Barangays of Talisay and Cambatong.
It earned the moniker “enchanted river” from the diplomat Modesto Farolan who described the river in his poem entitled “Rio Encantado”.
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 fishermen 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.
Photo: Jojie F. Alcantara
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!