WHERE: Enchanted River - Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur
DATE OF TRAVEL: September 11, 2010
WHY YOU SHOULD GO:
1. It is a unique river here in the Philippines! Its unknown depth gives it the deep sky blue color.
2. It's perfect for swimming! There are parts that become shallow during low tide and rentals of life vests are available.
P10.00 entrance fee
BEST TIME TO GO: 12:00-1:00 pm for the fish feeding (note: no swimming allowed during fish feeding) This is when the water gets very very clear, too!
They say its bluish color is a result of its depth and the water clarity changes throughout the day. At around 12:00 nn, the water becomes clearer and even more majestic. Once the bell is rung at noon, the people swimming get out of the water and the fish start appearing to enjoy a feast. Fish feeding is done daily and serves as entertainment most especially for the locals during weekends.
Once inaccessible by vehicle, there are roads now that lead you right at the entrance to this river. Huts, tables and chairs are available for picnic and there are souvenir shops and stalls right across the entrance.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Gemma Millan (Hinatuan Tourism Officer) - +63919 4600855/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Engineer Josephine Lapeciros - email@example.com
Juvy (driver/ tour guide) - +63927 7175267/ +63909 9899854
*we paid P5,000 for the van (driver & gas included) for one day (from Butuan to Surigao del Sur)
CARAGA Travel Links (travel agency) - Vivian Durano Otaza (Chairperson):
+63917 3648504/ +63932 2662378/ +63 85 2259089/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Raniel Business Park, J. Rosales St., Butuan City (across Gaisano Mall)