For the Holy Week, we will be spending our time in an enchanted river. Yes, the Enchanted River. It is one of the awesome rivers in Mindanao, primarily because of its unique structure. The water is brackish which makes it advantageous for those who can’t actually swim. I gathered some sources about the place and here’s what I found.
Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur is a remote municipality most known for its delicious crabs and a stunning design by Mother Nature right in the heart of Barangay Talisay — an incredibly blue basin nestled within a mountainside and protectively covered by the woods. Its startlingly azure tinge comes from the Pacific sea pouring in from its cavernous underwater crevice, mixing salty tang with the moss-colored Hinatuan river. To local folks, it is known to be enchanted. Marine fishes of all sizes swim in this surreal blue hole. Fascinating and at the same time terrifying, once you take a dip in its cool waters, you are reluctant to come out.
Originally, the town’s name was said to be divided by the words “Hato” and “Hatu-an”. “Hato” in the native dialect means “a method of preserving fish”, while “Hato-an” denotes a place of preserving fish. Noted for its rich aquatic diversity of fish and animals (regular sightings of sea turtles and dugongs), Hinatuan is located only a few nautical miles off the Philippine deep, hence its abundance of marine life. Fishing is the main source of livelihood here. History records how its mangrove-encrusted coastlines have spared the communities from total devastations of typhoons in the past.
Hinatuan’s Enchanted River is located at Brgy. Talisay, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. It is known as 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.