Enchanted River re-opens in the Philippines

by SEA Wave
Enchanted River Surigao del Sur
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The popular tourist attraction Enchanted River, also known as Hinatuan Sacred River, finally reopened after a month’s closure due to recent calamities in the Philippines. 

On December 4, 2023, the Municipality of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur announced a temporary suspension of operations in the Enchanted River due to a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that caused damage to the area. It was then scheduled to resume operations on the 12th but was made off-limits again on December 19 due to Tropical Storm Kabayan (Tropical Cyclone Jelawat).

The closure of the Enchanted River was a devastating blow for those in the area, especially happening around the holiday season which is the peak time for tourism. But just in time for the new year, the Enchanted River finally reopened for travelers and tourists to enjoy its enchanting waters and natural greenery around the area. The river is most known for its unusual colors of bright sapphire and jade, which locals have attributed to engkantos or fairies who dwell there.

Have you been to the Enchanted River in Surigao del Sur? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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