This little known town is blessed with a hidden treasure –a stunning blue lagoon nestled within a mountainside and protectively covered by a forest. Its dark tinge comes from the Pacific sea pouring in from a deep underwater crevice. To local folks, it is said to be enchanted. Full of rich marine fishes swimming in the deep blue, no one is said to have ever caught one. Once you take a dip in the cool, clear waters, you don’t want to come out.
Hinatuan can be reached by land from Davao in an estimated 7 hours, or via Bislig City in less than 2 hours. Buses ply the routes too. – pbase.com
Eight hours from Davao City, and 30-45 minutes away from the town proper of Surigao del Sur, in the midst of Barangay Cambatong, is the threshold of one of the most magnificent bodies of water in the Philippines – the Enchanted Hinatuan River. Many have been captivated of its wonders and would endure the long travel knowing that at the end of their trip lies one of the great creations of nature.
True to its name, the Enchanted River looks fascinating with its majestic blue water. Staring at the river looks like viewing a photograph augmented using all the techniques in photo enhancement. Aside from the rich blue water, coining of the river’s name could also be attributed to urban stories. It has been said that spirits guard the river that is why swimming beyond six in the afternoon is greatly discouraged. There were also reported sightings of two women sporting long blonde hair and a green-skinned man who walked on the water’s surface who all vanished out of thin air.
May these stories be indeed true or just figments of imagination of people who have been awe-struck by the beauty of the river, it could not be denied the Enchanted River in Hinatuan is indeed one of the must-visit spots in the Philippines.- wayph.com
For the results of the The 1st Hinatuan Enchanted River Head Spring Exploration 2010, please go to bernil.wordpress.com.