Hinatuan Enchanted River

A magically clear, blue river that seems to spring from nowhere.

Hidden in the Philippine jungle this short stretch of river that seems to pop up out the ground just to send its miraculously clear, blue water out to sea. The presence of a spring has never been proven at the beginning of the Hinatuan Enchanted River, making it seem like this river just bursts into a life of its own. Of course, underground springs are the logical source of water in this river but the exact source has yet to be found.

The Hinatuan Enchanted River in Mindanao, Philippines, is a flawless saltwater river that flows into the Pacific Ocean. It is only around 50-feet deep, and just barely long enough to be considered a river, yet the flow attracts visitors from around the world who want to experience the beautiful waters that locals have long thought to be miraculous.

For such a very short river, Hinatuan Enchanted River offers a remarkable feature such as deep blue waters typical of the deeper parts of the sea. This sliver of dark azure water signifies the outlandish depth that this river surely has.

In fact, no one is sure exactly where the saltwater emanates from, although the prevailing theory involves an underground cave system which spits the river out, free of any dirt or silt which would usually cloud such a stream. Whatever the explanation, the clean waters are a natural wonder unlike any other.

The Enchanted River located in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mindanao. This beautiful river is said to be wrapped in mystery and supernatural events so that it gained renown as being enchanted. There are several unexplained mysteries and features that this stunning river has to offer to keep you guessing.

From the Butuan City Domestic Airport, you can take a van that goes straight to the town of Hinatuan. They can let you off near a signboard that Hinatuan Enchanted River where you can ride a motorcycle that passes through a dirt road and then a forested area leading to the river. You may also come in from Davao City and take a van or a bus to the same signboard to Hinatuan.