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Enchanted River

Hinatuan, Mindanao, Philippines
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Hinatuan
Type: Bodies of Water
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Leyte Island, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Better start in Surigao City (Surigao del Norte) and have an overnight stay in Britania Group of Island, then proceed to Tinuy-an Falls before proceeding to Enchanted River...

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Davao City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The pre-dawn travel was worth it! The vibrant blue water is truly ENCHANTING. Here are some important tips to enjoy your visit: 1. The place is really crowded during the weekends. Best to avoid the place on Saturdays and Sundays, if you can. If not, just be the by 8 AM. It usually gets crowded around 10 in the morning.... More

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Cagayan de Oro, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This place has a very limited area, thus with people coming in during holidays it is best to visit it during weekdays with no holidays... If you want to view the fishes besides from feeding time you can request to enter at night time. During this time when the water is undisturbed will the fishes appear and swim freely. It... More

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Bacoor, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

First sight of the river and i was disappointed. Travelled for 6-7hours just to see a greenish hue of the water. But as time passes, the color changed to its vibrant blue and i was enchanted. The river is really nice. However, the current is quite strong and you will have a hard time swimming. Fish feeding at 12noon is... More

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Cebu City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

we had this backpack trip and tried spending the least we can. we decided to take the longer and more tiring way to hinatuan. we arrived by noon after travelling by bus from davao city for around 5-6hours plus a motorbike drive from the town proper to enchanted river. there were too many people and we got no cottages nor... More

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Davao City, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The supposed highlight is the fish feeding at noon - it is unnatural since the fish were trained to come in to be fed.

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Davao City, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The part that is open to the public is the narrow mouth of the river that leads to the open sea. The current is strong so its good to rent a life vest. You have to descend steps to get to the river- most young people loved jumping into the water. Its difficult to cross back and forth because of... More

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Lubbock
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

After a long and bumpy ride we finally get to see the much rave about "Enchanted River". It's my first time to see a river so clear and yet so blue. The water is brackish so I assume that it's close to sea. At 12noon, all the guests were asked to stay off the river as the fish started to... More

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Davao City, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

If you have visited Tinuy-an Falls, Enchanted River is definitely the next destination in your Surigao itinerary. The river is crystal clear and the ones you see in the pictures is what you get. To get here though, it's another story. The road is rough and unfriendly to small-sized cars, especially when it rains. They relocated the parking area to... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

When I was much younger, my dad would bring us here as his hometown was Port Lamon; 45 minutes further North of this place. We used to go past here just to check it out and there would be no one. Now it's packed with tourist, I suggest get there very early in the morning...but the best time to go... More

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