In 1999, a man named Alex Santos found a river in Barangay Talisay, Surigao del Sur in the Philippines. He was immediately drawn to the place due to its magical appearance. The place was then named the Hinatuan River following the name of where it is located.
The body of water draws the attention of many people because of its deep spring river that flows towards the Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Modesto Farolan, a famed diplomat, even referred to this river as the “enchanted river” in his poem Rio Encantado.
In February 2010, eleven years after its first discovery in 1999, three divers lead by Dr. Alfonso Amores decided to explore the river and what is beneath it. They found a hidden underground cave opening that is about 30 meters deep. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to finish his exploration as he died of cardiac arrest in June 17, 2014 after failing to get out of the narrow entrance of the underwater cave. This incident prompted authorities to prohibit people from diving too deep.
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However, in 2015, one of the divers who went with Dr. Amores during the expedition, Bernil Gastardo, went to explore it again this time with the members from the University of San Carlos – Biology Department and DENR-BMB. They then found out that the river consisted of different colors underneath.
Some people said that the variety of colors is the work of fairies and other enchanted creatures.
By now, you must be itching to visit the river. However, be aware that tourists are not allowed to swim in it every 12 noon since this is the feeding time of the fishes living there.
Check out this video to see them:
What can you say about the river? Would you also like to visit it soon? Do you believe that it is indeed enchanted? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!