Hinatuan Enchanted River: A Visit to One of Caraga’s Kid Friendly Attractions

When our group of head office managers and unit heads, plus my wife and youngest kid Edrian and my Admin and Finance Manager’s son Yugi, headed home from a co-op federation meeting in Bislig, Surigao del Sur, Philippines, we decided to drop by the Hinatuan Echanted River and see for ourselves why the former log pond is gaining popularity as one of the kid friendly attractions in Caraga Region.

After winding through a dirt road stretching 14 kilometers from the highway within the jurisdiction of Barangay Talisay in the town of Hinatuan of the same province, our vehicle stopped a few meters from this signage…

Comely signage welcoming visitors to the Hinatuan Enchanted River as one of Caraga Kid Friendly Attractions

Comely signage welcoming visitors to the Hinatuan Enchanted River

My heart was pounding faster in excitement on what’s in store ahead only to find a captivating sight I have never seen before in my lifetime . . .

The first half  of the turquoise blue-colored Enchanted River towards the opening linking to the water source as one of Caraga Kid Friendly Attractions...

The first half of the turquoise blue-colored Enchanted River towards the opening linking to the head spring…

Candidly, a hard-to-explain feeling engulfed in me as my eyes feasted on the views surrounding the natural pool including this . . .

The other half of the Enchanted River towards the 600- meter exit into the coastline of Hinatuan Bay as one of Caraga Kid Friendly Attractions.

The other half of the Enchanted River towards the 600- meter exit into the coastline of Hinatuan Bay.

I can see the excitement of the two kids as they headed towards the concrete stairway into the natural poolside…

My son Edrian's eyes sparkling in excitement as one of Caraga Kid Friendly Attractions...

My son Edrian’s eyes sparkling in excitement. . .

As the kids geared for a swim, they were stopped by the life guards as it was already past 5:00 P.M. set as swimming closing time. It was then that their innocent faces soured in disappointment and their mood turned from jolly to gloomy as they requested to stay overnight for they really longed to swim at the Enchanted River the following day…

A group pose but with Yugi refusing to face the camera as one of Caraga Kid Friendly Attractions

A group pose but with Yugi refusing to face the camera…

. . and Edrian's face as dreary as Black Saturday as one of Caraga Kid Friendly Attractions.

… and Edrian’s face as dreary as Black Saturday.

I explained to the kids that we need to go home as we have pending urgent transactions in the office but my negotiation skills were no match to their assertions. With the CEO in me wanting to prevail in that situation, we headed back to the service vehicle only to hear the kids saying in unison: “we will never forget this frustrating event within our lifetime!” Stunned by their stonewall stand, and sensing that the enchantment to one of the kid friendly attractions of the region had really enslaved the kids, I bowed down in submission and we decided to stay overnight at a fish cage-cum resort situated a few meters from the seashore of Barangay Talisay.

Early morning of the following day, the two kids were overjoyed for a wish come true . . .

Yugi and Edrian having a simultaneous dive into the kid swimming pond made for the purpose at the bank of the Enchanted River as one of Caraga Kid Friendly Attractions.

Yugi and Edrian having a simultaneous dive into the kid swimming pond made for the purpose at the bank of the Enchanted River.

And their acrobatic dive stunts were characteristics of typical island-born and raised kids…

Edrian's plunge into the kiddy swimming pond as one of Caraga Kid Friendly Attractions.

Edrian’s plunge into the kiddy swimming pond.

Yugi's own way of diving into the pond as one of Caraga Kid Friendly Attractions...

Yugi’s own way of diving into the pond.

And the traditional group picture taking ensued . . .

The SOEMCO Head Office managers and unit heads on a pose for posterity as one of Caraga Kid Friendly Attractions.

The SOEMCO Head Office managers and unit heads on a pose near the bank of the Hinatuan Enchanted River.

And of course, the usual photo opportunity session with my wife…

A pose for posterity with my wife as one of Caraga Kid Friendly Attractions...

A pose for posterity with my wife…

As we headed home, my mind kept going back to the place we visited moments back. The various stories lending credence to the name of the river keeps reverberating in my mind. . . from a father and son seeing two long, blonde-haired white ladies bathing on the river in a moonlit night only to vanish at the wink of an eye, to fishermen employing all kinds of fishing gears failing to catch any single fish from among the visibly abundant schools of fish, to lady fisherfolks laying their fish traps at dusk only to find the gears hanging on a tree branch at the ensuing dawn, to an American diver plunging into the visible riverbed only to find the bottom unreachable and to boatmen gaping at sunken boulders of unstable images observed one day and gone the next.

But, for me, the best proof that the river deserves its name was the magical spell that struck the psyche of the two kids who insisted to have a dip or a languorous swim, lest they will bring their resentment to their death and the unusual force that drove me to succumb to their wish.

No wonder, the Hinatuan Enchanted River is well on its way as one of the emerging kid friendly attractions in this part of the Philippines.

7 comments

  1. Enchanted River indeed. I’d sure love to take a dip there.
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  2. Beautiful. It’s like a hidden paradise or something.
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