From enjoying a Christmas dinner to a quick prep then off we went to Hinatuan, Surigao for the most talked about nature wonders — Enchanted River and Tinuy-an Falls.

It was a 5 hour drive from Davao in a Starex Van with us 10 sleeping all the time, except the driver of course. When we got there, an entrance fee of P35.00 welcomed us. And just after the cottages was the sight of the waters everyone was dying to see.

Enchanted River  was more than a marvel. It was not exactly how I see it in images, it was MORE beautiful and breathtaking when I saw it with my two eyes.  It was too good to be true. The fishes were as clear as they are seen out of the waters and the blue color of the water was undeniably amazing to look at. It was creepy at first, but eventually the water will make you relax. Then at 10am, the fishes begin to surface on areas where there are people. You can see them around you, swimming but stagnant…eyes seem staring back at you as you look at them…they flock together waiting for something edible for them to eat though they don’t harm people(well stories so far told so). At exactly 12 noon, all fishes take over the upper part of the water to eat.. people no longer enjoy that privilege in those minutes (after feeding, swimming for guests is again allowed..=) ).

Enchanted River for 2 reasons:

– many attempts to measure the depth, nobody was successful enough to do so

– in attempts to catch the fishes (fish length=my lower leg), the number caught will always be lesser than the count you expected you had

So the stories say —- i suggest go to the waters and stare at the depth for for more than 20 seconds, and you’ll understand why it’s it was given that name. ^_^ *wink*

There was an available island tour which we took around 10:30 am. The boat ride was P 160 per 5 persons and will take you to 3 places. We were taken first to a bar in the middle of the waters with the “pawikans” as their main attraction. Then we headed to a quite white-sand beach that gave a beautiful nature scene. We didn’t stay long because we wanted to go back to the Enchanted River and watch the caretakers feed the creepy fishes.

Tinuy-an Falls was a sight of beauty and dominating water power. We  went there after lunch. It was a 45 minute travel.

The site of the  cascading falls welcomed us right away.  It was cold and very strong. We rafted near the falls..we just had to..the danger was too tempting. The raft was not allowed to go under the falls. There are available life guards, but with NO life saving devices. So safety is self-regulated, make sure you know where the ropes are in the water. Now to see the biggest falls (possible for humans to go to)..one has to go up a LONG way (that part I hated the most). But like they say, “you miss half of your life for things that you didn’t even try enjoying..”… that time, I stopped complaining and climbed up, no matter how agonizing it seemed. When on top — the leg aches were definitely worth it.

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