Hinatuan Enchanted River, Surigao del Sur Philippines

The Hinatuan Enchanted River is a deep spring river on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. It flows into the Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean at Barangay Talisay, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. It is found between the boundaries of Barangays of Talisay and Cambatong. Does magic truly exist? Are there magical places out in the wilds of the world? This is a question whose answer will depend largely on who you ask. Yet although it is uncertain if magic really exists in the world, there are certainly wondrous places on our planet that certainly seem to make one entertain the idea that it just may. One such place lies tucked away within a quaint rainforest in the Philippines, an achingly beautiful river that has long been surrounded by local legends. “Enchanted River,” a name that one can see is befitting when laying eyes upon it. Here the water is so incredibly clear that it seems as if swimmers are floating in the air, and even down in the deepest parts, one can peer through the dazzlingly clear azure water all the way to the bottom, which is up to 80 feet down in some places. The surface is typically completely placid, seeming as if to be made of glass, and this combined with the impressive clarity of the water indeed gives the place the feeling of being photoshopped even when seeing it in person. Adding to the unreal, magical quality of the place is the plentiful indigenous flora lining the crystalline water, with the glimmering reflections of palm trees and stunningly beautiful flowers cast upon the surface as if floating in space or etched upon glass. The silvery sparkle of scales in the sunlight can also be glimpsed from large fish that cruise along under the glassy sun flecked clear blue water like something out of a fairy tale. Local story tells there are some spirits on the place that are said to be most active at night, and that they will attack or chase away those who come to bathe here after dark, with many inexplicable drownings in the river being blamed on these supernatural entities.

Hinatuan Enchanted River, Surigao del Sur
Hinatuan Enchanted River, Surigao del Sur
Hinatuan Enchanted River, Surigao del Sur
Hinatuan Enchanted River, Surigao del Sur
Hinatuan Enchanted River, Surigao del Sur

The enchanting blue river of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

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Hinatuan Enchanted River, Surigao del Sur

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