Exploring Philippines: Enchanted River, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

I’m just a writer and I write my own travel tales but I’m not much of a traveler… not just yet. I hope I will be one day though. I guess there’ll be nothing like exploring your own country and its beauties.

So here let me narrate to you a chunk of my most recent travel tales that took place in the northeast part of Mindanao, Surigao de Sur and their popular tourist attractions beginning with the ENCHANTED RIVER.

From where I live, it took us approximately 4 hours using a private vehicle before we finally set foot on the place. You’ll just have to brace yourself though for that 15 kilometer unpaved, roller-coaster like road you’ll have to go through while entering Enchanted River. It is rather a little annoying but it pays off and I don’t think there is an alternative route available for use. Don’t worry it’s just a teaser. It’s nothing risky at all otherwise; they won’t let the goers use that route.

 So what to expect in Enchanted River?

An entrance fee of 30Php/person will be collected as soon as you get in. Cottages and huts are available for any size of groups. I am just not quite sure if snorkeling and diving is offered but I saw sets of diving equipments on one corner that are maybe for rent... or maybe not. Sorry to frustrate you on that but if diving is not your cup of tea; you can always go for beach hopping instead. It is what our group did actually.

Enchanted River Entrance

Huts and Cottages

5-seater boats is all they have so if you go in a group of more than 5 like us, you will obviously need to get two or more boats. Rent is 100Php/hour and that will be up to you and your group to decide how long you want to stay out in the water. On your way back, you may want to try that one stop sporting its large fish pens where you can go watch or swim with live huge fish of different types and colors. The place also has a local bar and a restaurant as well as rooms for rent should you wish to stay there for the night. They also have souvenir shops where you can get fairly priced trinkets – most are made of different seashells.


It is nearly lunch time when we got back to our rented cottage. Everyone was exhausted and hungry so we didn’t waste any more time. Shortly after taking lunch a siren echoed the entire place. The clock stroke 12 and its fish feeding time! It is a routine you don’t want to miss if you are to visit Enchanted River for the first time. It is where you get to see brightly colored fishes coming out from the water to catch food tossed out their way by the guests. We were there too… not to feed the fish though but to take pictures… lots of them.

Fish feeding...

The Enchanted River

Above are few pictures from our beach hopping activity.

That’s it for our Enchanted River experience.

Next stop: TINUY-AN FALLS. That’s up next on D’TOUR. Stay tuned.

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Merydith said...

Aww... how beautiful. The water looks so clean. I just want to dive in with the hot weather we are in right now. Thanks for sharing and TT hopping from http://www.inin78.com/2012/08/daks-and-gams-wildlife-park-tangnan-panglao-island-bohol.html. I hope you can check out mine too. :)

emzkie said...

ive heard so much of this place and want to visit it one day. your photos are all beautiful. thank you for sharing your travel tales.

from TT


My Picnic Basket said...

I have relative who live in Surigao and always tell me to visit them so she can bring us to the beautiful beaches and places, but I always say no thank you and now I live far away, maybe someday I will visit and explore the beauty of Surigao.

Btw, you seems enjoy your visit and you having fun...Thanks for the photos it feels I have been to Surigao :)..

Chie said...

What an enchanting place! It's my first time to know about this enchanting river and now I want to go there.I hope this is just a bus ride away from where I live. Nice kaa ang water sa river kay blue and green.

Bless said...

I want to visit there when we can have our vacation in Pinas. It's not that far from my province :-)

Vernz@ The Virtual Wanderer said...

wow Nans..ka nice dinhi no.. pag muadto ko dinha magprepare jud ko ug diwata costume kay it's my first thought katung I've learn about enchanted river... hahah :)

jheylo said...

interesting place. you all looked like you had a blast.

My Daily Mumbles said...

Marami talagang na iioffer ang pinas noh? wag lang sana ding abusuhin.

Jessica Cassidy said...

I never explore the Carmen river yet back in CDO when I was in vacation with my little girl. I love all your pictures Sis Nancy, I wanted so bad to go back to the Philippines. It is more fun in the Philippines indeed.

Jessica Cassidy said...

i really like your pictures Sis Nancy, nice kaau ang mga view...kalami ilukso sa tubig :-) Dropping by from TT

Bless said...

Another pride of Mindanao. I can't wait to visit this place when we can go back to Philippines :-)

Travelholic said...

Wow! Those are amazing scenes! Look at that cool blue waters! Nakakainggit! I miss Philippine waters already! That place in Surigao is indeed enchanted; worth every tourist's stop!

Thanks for sharing your travel experience with us! And thanks for linking this to TT. Sorry for my late visit! I am inviting you once again for anothe rTT share; linky is now up! Hope to see you! ;-)