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Hinatuan Enchanted River

Cool blue water of Hinatuan Enchanted River (Photo by: Enchanting Philippines)

The enchanting blue river in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur was intriguing for me before I reached the place. Many of my friends boast their experience at Enchanted River by uploading their photos on facebook. It made me get interested in seeing it in flesh.

We arrived in Hinatuan Enchanted River before lunch and hurriedly jumped into the deep water. I was happy to see the blue river. Most of the rivers I usually see are dirty, smelly and brown in color. I was encouraged to rent a life vest but later on I noticed that there were some who didn’t wear one. I could hardly swim having it on me so I decided to swim on my risk. It was to be at the shallow part because the water current is so strong that we had to hold on together. You could feel your body is being drag as you swim. It feels like struggling while swimming!

Hinatuan Enchanted River

Stairs leading to the Hinatuan Enchanted River

I didn’t see any rooms around where visitors and tourists could stay in. Perhaps we were just too busy swimming and we didn’t have to look for one since we are going home on the same day. There are cottages and tables with big umbrellas. It was weekend and I’ve met some people coming from nearby areas and other cities. It is true that many people talk about it.

Hinatuan Enchanted River

Cottages and tables with big umbrellas are available for the visitors.

In Enchanted River, you can swim with the fish. The clear waters allow you to freely see them underwater. At exactly 12 noon we were told to get out of the water. It’s feeding time for the fish and music is played. Hinatuan is the grand winner of Zero Garbage Marathon Olympics Philippine-wide so the place is preserved and protected. Garbage segregation is strictly implemented.