Enchanted River in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur


Enchanted River (1) Photo by Joemarie B. Escovilla Jr.

Eight hours from Davao City, and 30-45 minutes away from the town proper of Surigao del Sur, in the midst of Barangay Cambatong, is the threshold of one of the most magnificent bodies of water in the Philippines – the Enchanted Hinatuan River. Many have been captivated of its wonders and would endure the long travel knowing that at the end of their trip lies one of the great creations of nature.
Enchanted River (2)

Enchanted River (3)
True to its name, the Enchanted River looks fascinating with its majestic blue water. Staring at the river looks like viewing a photograph augmented using all the techniques in photo enhancement. Aside from the rich blue water, coining of the river’s name could also be attributed to urban stories. It has been said that spirits guard the river that is why swimming beyond six in the afternoon is greatly discouraged. There were also reported sightings of two women sporting long blonde hair and a green-skinned man who walked on the water’s surface who all vanished out of thin air.

Enchanted River (4)


Enchanted River (6)

May these stories be indeed true or just figments of imagination of people who have been awe-struck by the beauty of the river, it could not be denied the Enchanted River in Hinatuan is indeed one of the must-visit spots in the Philippines.


Enchanted River (5)


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  1. I would like to inquire regarding transportation and accommodation on how to get there.

  2. can’t explain how’s my feeling…i just open my mouth w/o WORDS …i want to say “WOW” (3 times)…but….nothing comes out!!!!!!!
    ISNT AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

  3. wow!… its really amazing!…. this is the very wonderfull river that i’ve ever seen.

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