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“Clean and clear with docile fish”
Review of Enchanted River

Enchanted River
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Hinatuan
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

You reach this much hyped attraction via a 12 kilometre extremely undulating mostly gravel road that slows vehicles to 35 kilometres an hour. Towards the end there are a couple of river crossings with one having boards to guide vehicles.

You order food from one of about 12 food stalls that they cook. Small prawns were P100 for a plate's worth, calamari mire expensive at P200 while rice was P35. This is then delivered 300 metres to the seating area:: ours had an umbrella with ex rubber tyres for comfy seating at P30 entrance. The calamari took an hour to arrive and was a bit rubbery but the small prawns were delicious. Larking is adjacent to the food stalls but you can drop off your visitors close to the river.
The fish are fed at 1200 and by request at your own cost at 1500 daily. Great photos are easy.

The river is stunningly clear and about ten metres deep, with clear blue visible to the bottom. I saw four medium to large fish species along with smaller black fish. They were all docile and stayed near the surface. There are slippery steps down to the water. It is cool but not super cold, while with a snorkel one has great visibility. Lifejackets are rented fir P15 per hour.

The toilets are wet underfoot and had tiny seats.

Overall a great natural wonder, living up to the .publicity.

7  Thank Victorianlad
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Finally, I can tell myself how enchanting this river is. I really appreciate the color of the river (deep clear blue, aquamarine, celeste, blue-turquoise) and how clear the water is. I am not fond of swimming but the school of fish were so inviting. :) They feed the fishes every 12:00nn&3:00pm. Entrance fee is 30php/per. Life vest is 15php/hr. They also offer basic diving for 550. There are open cottages for a fee.

From the Hinatuan Bus Terminal,depending on your negotiation skill, you can rent a habal-habal (motorcycle) for 400php, round-trip, for 2 persons. Cars can also pass through the rough rode going to the river. It's about 20 or more minutes bumpy ride from the bus terminal or 12km from the main highway.

When we got to Hinatuan I noticed some of the portion of road were pinkish which according to our driver were limestone.

*If you also would like to go on island hopping there are boats for rent near the end of the river. Boat rent is 160php/hr which is good for 6 pax. You can actually negotiate what island you'd like to see, depending on your available time and money.

5  Thank AGV_1419
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

The place is a real WOW. The 20 minute rough rode ride from the main highway is worth the scene waiting. You will be enchanted the moment you see the 35 meter deep blue river.

Entrance fee is about P 30.00 I guess. Life vests are can be rented P 10.00 each an hour. There are food stalls before the main entrance. Be sure to bring goggles to discover even more enchanting world beneath.

7  Thank Jaypee R
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

Enchanted River is a beautiful clear water river or stream fed by Geothermal spring vent. I was there on a rainy day feeling cold in late December so snorkeling and free diving on the vent felt very nice. Not a hot spring by any means, but if you freedive to just 10-20 feet down the vent you can feel the warm water, and the flow and current of the outflow is negligible. There are many fish and small schools of fish swimming, so bring a snorkel mask or swim goggles. Easy access and exit from the water, so good for kids to have fun too. I was only there a couple hours, but hope to return soon.

4  Thank beachnutts73
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

Spent a day at Enchanted River and another day the water falls.

The water is clear blue. Bring goggles to see down and watch the fish.

The river that goes out to see has a nice current. We stayed at the water cottages which were like 300 php per night. And you can rent these little boats for the day.

Very nice experience. Loved it. Costs like 50 php to get in for the day.

8  Thank bidnessboi
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