Attractions

Hinatuan Enchanted River

Written by Patrick

Hinatuan Enchanted River is one-of-a-kind in the Philippines.

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OVERVIEW

Hinatuan Enchanted River

Caption: Tourists enjoying the river.

The Hinatuan Enchanted River is as magical as its name considering that it is the only river in the country with clear blue water.   With its short length of less than 300 meters, its classification as a river is sometimes disputed.  While it is short, the deepest part of the river reaches 80 feet.  The river is surrounded by thick forest and flows into the Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean with its mouth used as a safe haven against storms and typhoons.  The Hinatuan Bay, which is located at the mouth of the river, is inhabited by different species of fish and turtles.

Locals believe the river is also inhabited by natural beings protecting the river and that its waters are miraculous therefore making it more interesting to tourists.

Swimming and fish feeding are two main activities in Hinatuan Enchanted River however, some areas are prohibited to tourists in order to protect it and all the creatures that consider its water and the surroundings their home.

Fast Facts

Attraction:
Hinatuan Enchanted River
Type of Attraction:
Address:
Brgy. Talisay, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur
Phone:
(+63) 909 955 3077
Hours:
Monday-Sunday – 8:00-17:00
Closed:
Always Open
Best Time to Visit:
December to May
Food & Drink:
NO
FREE WiFi:
NO
Cost:
Cost per Person: $6-10
Payment Type:
Cash
Fees:
Php 30 ($0.60 USD) Entrance fee (locals)
Php 100 ($2 USD) Entrance fee (non-local)
Php 20 ($0.40) Cooking service (per kilo)
Php 15 ($0.30) Life jacket rental (per hour)
Php 160 ($3.20) River cruise (hourly rate per person)
Notes:
Swim only in the areas designated for swimming. The local government banned swimming in the main pool in order to protect the aquatic life in the area.

Eat only in the areas designated for eating. There are huts and tents with tables and chairs available for picnics. Stalls near the entrance offer food and drinks as well as live seafood to choose from.

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This attraction is located on Mindanao Island in Hinatuan Town.

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NEED TO KNOW

How to Get to Hinatuan Enchanted River?

By Air

There is no direct flight from any airport in the country to Bislig.

Via Davao City

Step 1
One option is to take a plane to Davao City. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have multiple direct flights to Davao from Manila and Cebu everyday. Iloilo direct to Davao is only offered by Cebu Pacific.

AirAsia, on the other hand, flies directly to Davao from Manila only.

Step 2
From Francisco Bangoy International Airport, ride a taxi to take you to Ecoland Terminal which is approximately 12 kilometers away. Fare should be around P400 ($8 USD).

Step 3
At the terminal, take a Bachelor Express Bus bound to Mangagoy in Bislig City. A bus departs Davao City every hour starting at 2:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Travel time is between five to six hours and the fare is between P300($6 USD) to P400($8 USD).

Step 4
In Mangahoy, proceed to the terminal where you can ride to Hinatuan Terminal. In Hinatuan Terminal, ride a motorcycle (locally known as habal-habal). The motorcycle accommodates three persons per trip. The fare is around P100 per person for roundtrip so if you are alone, expect to pay not less than P300 as you will be paying for the two slots.

Via Butuan

Step 1
Another way to get to Hinatuan Enchanted River is via Butuan City which is less than 200 kilometers away. Philippine Airlines has multiple flights to Butuan from Manila and only one flight from Cebu everyday. Cebu Pacific offers multiple flights daily from Manila and Cebu to Butuan City. Travel time is about one hour and 40 minutes.

Step 2
From Butuan, you can ride a multicab to City Integrated Bus Terminal where you will find vans bound for Mangayo. Travel time is about four hours and the fare is around P250($5 USD). There are also regular and air-conditioned buses plying the same route. A Bachelor Express bus departs Butuan City every 30 minutes starting at 2:30 AM until 5:30 PM. Travel time is about five to six hours.

Alternatively, you may also opt to hire a van parked just outside Butuan Airport. While it costs more than the passenger van or bus, it is more convenient and faster since it won’t pick up passengers along the way.

Step 3
In Mangahoy, proceed to the terminal where you can ride to Hinatuan Terminal. In Hinatuan Terminal, ride a motorcycle (locally known as habal-habal). The motorcycle accommodates three persons per trip. The fare is around P100 per person for roundtrip so if you are alone, expect to pay not less than P300 as you will be paying for the two slots.

By Sea

Via Nasipit Port

Step 1
There is no ferry sailing direct to Bislig City. The best option is to sail to Nasipit Port in Agusan del Norte. 2Go Travel departs Manila every Monday at 8:30 AM and arrives in Butuan at 5:00 AM Wednesday making the travel time around 45 hours. Fare is between P1,778 ($35.56 USD) and P7,772 ($155.44 USD) depending on the accommodation type and date of booking. Try booking early to avail cheaper rates.

2Go Travel also has a Cebu-Nasipit schedule every Tuesday. The ferry departs Cebu at 8:00 PM and arrives at Nasipit Port at 5:00 AM Wednesday, making the travel time around 9 hours. The rate is between P722 ($14.44 USD) and P3,990 ($79.8 USD) depending on the accommodation type and date of booking.

Cokaliong, on the other hand, sails from Cebu to Nasipit at 7:00 PM every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sun. Travel time is around 10 hours and the fare is between P1,345($26.9 USD) and P9,600($192 USD) depending on the type of accommodation.

Step 2
From Nasipit Port, ride a tricycle to the bus terminal where you will find a bus bound for Mangayo.

Step 3
In Mangahoy, proceed to the terminal where you can ride to Hinatuan Terminal. In Hinatuan Terminal, ride a motorcycle (locally known as habal-habal). The motorcycle accommodates three persons per trip. The fare is around P100 per person for roundtrip so if you are alone, expect to pay not less than P300 as you will be paying for the two slots.

The airport closest to Hinatuan Enchanted River

Bislig Airport (IATA: BPH), the airport closest to Hinatuan Enchanted River, is around 41 kilometers away. The airport hosted no commercial flight.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning usually before 10:00 AM.

Closures

This attraction is always open. 

Fees

Fees require payment in cash.  Credit cards are not accepted at this attraction. 

Food & Drink

Food and drinks from outside the attraction are allowed at this attraction.

Alcohol

Consuming alcohol is not allowed at this attraction.

Pets

Pets are not allowed at this attraction.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.

Trash

Please dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.  Don’t Trash the Philippines!  

The Philippines are beautiful islands … let’s all ensure they remain this way. 

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Photos

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Videos

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NEARBY

The following are other points of interest nearby:

  • Ligad Beach
  • Tarusan Cold Spring
  • Libuacan Cold Spring 
  • RP Botanical Park
  • Hinayagan Cave

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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