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“Deep Blue Water”
Review of Enchanted River

Enchanted River
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Hinatuan
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Reviewed April 8, 2014

Hinatuan Enchanted River looks more like a natural lagoon with clear deep-blue waters. The upstream of the river is hidden under a cave-like opening which is restricted to swimmers and visitors. I learned from our guide that they used to get inside the cave before - where they allegedly drink and dine in a table-like rock inside while lovers enjoy the privacy and darkness of the place - but vandalism and safety concerns called for disallowing people getting there anymore.The downstream of the river empties toward the sea some kilometers away. The water tastes brackish indicating some connection or fistulous tract exists between the river and the sea. Noon time is fish feeding time hence an assortment of fish emerges onto the surface of the water then disappear after feeding time. The water is calm and serene with very slow current going downstream but swimming can be difficult and scary for non-swimmers. Enchanted River's deep is known as never been measured even by professional divers aided by deep diving equipment. Donning life vest is a must for beginners.
Getting there from Hinatuan proper costs 300 pesos (for 2 pax) back-ride in a motorcycle (habal-habal) covering a total distance of 28 KM 2-way. The driver waits in a parking area outside the resort. If you're coming from Butuan City on early morning bus or van (4-6 hours drive) better get off at the junction going to Talisay (or junction to Enchanted River) about 2 KM before reaching Hinatuan Proper and take a habal-habal to the river in time to see fish feeding at noon. The resort accepts overnight accommodation. If coming out of Bislig, take a bus or van to Hinatuan proper then a 2-way habal-habal ride to the river to make sure you're getting back to the city. Bus or van going back to Bislig are available until 7pm.

6  Thank TravelBug1469
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

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Drew Arellano's Biyahe ni Drew brought us here, a fleeting sight of Enchanted River caught my attention, I immediately browse the net and look for Drew's past episode.. and the dream of visiting these places started.

Almost 2hour ride from Tinuy-an falls. Better to go here early in the morning to avoid the crowd or anytime before 12nn so you can catch the fish feeding.
If you're not an expert diver/swimmer better to wear a life vest, the water seemed serene and calm but non swimmers like us struggled, maybe the underwater current was strong.

Enchanted River true to its name! one of the best places I've visited so far, I'm really happy to witness the enchanting beauty of this place I just wish to keep this place under rated so the future generation can still witness its beauty.
A hidden paradise indeed.

1  Thank TreverHue
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

You reach this much hyped attraction via a 12 kilometre extremely undulating mostly gravel road that slows vehicles to 35 kilometres an hour. Towards the end there are a couple of river crossings with one having boards to guide vehicles.

You order food from one of about 12 food stalls that they cook. Small prawns were P100 for a plate's worth, calamari mire expensive at P200 while rice was P35. This is then delivered 300 metres to the seating area:: ours had an umbrella with ex rubber tyres for comfy seating at P30 entrance. The calamari took an hour to arrive and was a bit rubbery but the small prawns were delicious. Larking is adjacent to the food stalls but you can drop off your visitors close to the river.
The fish are fed at 1200 and by request at your own cost at 1500 daily. Great photos are easy.

The river is stunningly clear and about ten metres deep, with clear blue visible to the bottom. I saw four medium to large fish species along with smaller black fish. They were all docile and stayed near the surface. There are slippery steps down to the water. It is cool but not super cold, while with a snorkel one has great visibility. Lifejackets are rented fir P15 per hour.

The toilets are wet underfoot and had tiny seats.

Overall a great natural wonder, living up to the .publicity.

7  Thank Victorianlad
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

Finally, I can tell myself how enchanting this river is. I really appreciate the color of the river (deep clear blue, aquamarine, celeste, blue-turquoise) and how clear the water is. I am not fond of swimming but the school of fish were so inviting. :) They feed the fishes every 12:00nn&3:00pm. Entrance fee is 30php/per. Life vest is 15php/hr. They also offer basic diving for 550. There are open cottages for a fee.

From the Hinatuan Bus Terminal,depending on your negotiation skill, you can rent a habal-habal (motorcycle) for 400php, round-trip, for 2 persons. Cars can also pass through the rough rode going to the river. It's about 20 or more minutes bumpy ride from the bus terminal or 12km from the main highway.

When we got to Hinatuan I noticed some of the portion of road were pinkish which according to our driver were limestone.

*If you also would like to go on island hopping there are boats for rent near the end of the river. Boat rent is 160php/hr which is good for 6 pax. You can actually negotiate what island you'd like to see, depending on your available time and money.

5  Thank AGV_1419
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

The place is a real WOW. The 20 minute rough rode ride from the main highway is worth the scene waiting. You will be enchanted the moment you see the 35 meter deep blue river.

Entrance fee is about P 30.00 I guess. Life vests are can be rented P 10.00 each an hour. There are food stalls before the main entrance. Be sure to bring goggles to discover even more enchanting world beneath.

7  Thank Jaypee R
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