The Enchanted River – Mystical Clear Blue Waters


The Hinatoan River is a deep spring river on the island of Mindanao This enchanted river has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines. It earned its moniker enchanted River after being described in a poem written by the Diplomat Modesto Farolan. The enchanted river is a magical stretch of water meandering 648 meters between the Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean the waters are so crystal clear and bright blue that it could easily be mistaken for a location from a fantasy movie like Avatar The surface of the water is typically calm and peaceful and this combined with the impressive clarity of the bright blue water gives this place an unreal magical quality In one of the rivers lagoons, the part of the river that everyone comes to take photos of is a deep dark hole which goes down 80 feet The deep hole leads into a subterranean cave system exploration of the caves has continued to this day but remains largely unmapped Which further adds to the mystique of this wondrous place Another somewhat mysterious aspect of the enchanted river is where do all of its fish come from? Many of the fish here are large enough to actually make swimmers nervous and it is not exactly known how these saltwater species got here The fish are a popular attraction Especially during the daily feeding times that take place here Every day at noon a bell is rung Which is the signal for all swimmers to exit the water? When everyone is out a tune called the hymn of Hinatoan is played over loudspeakers Upon which a large school of fish seemed to materialize out of nowhere on cue Staff members then throw rice, minced meat, shrimp, octopus, and other scraps of food into the water This keeps up for about an hour during which time no one is allowed to enter the water When the feeding time is over the vast number of fish proceed to simply vanish as if they were never there The river is rich in folklore and tales The pristine blue water is said to be kept clean and cleared by various spirits, fairies Pixies and other mystical creatures which also act as guardians of the river The spirits are said to be most active at night and that they will attack or chase away Anyone who comes to bathe here after dark with many inexplicable drownings in the river being blamed on these supernatural entitie This superstition is so strong and pervasive that the river is Off-limits after dark and even during the day some areas are not accessible Probably just for the visitors safety, but some say because the river spirits are especially aggressive in those areas While tales of fairies and spirits are quite possibly pure folklore and superstition the very source of the river itself has long been somewhat of a mystery as the question of how it manages to remain so impeccably clear and free of any silt whatsoever One suggestion is the water is filtering through limestone Which would remove impurities and produce the crystal-clear water, but the true reason remains a mystery I hope they never answer the many questions surrounding this mystical place as it adds to the overall charm and mystique of the enchanted River Anyway, that’s the end of this video. Thanks for watching, and we’ll see you next time. Bye. Bye

100 thoughts on “The Enchanted River – Mystical Clear Blue Waters

  1. logical.. in the night the predators comin up from the cave system and the floor of the river.. night active predators etc… like in the ocean..

  2. well….just know western tourism is gonna have that thing murky and anoxic in no time

  3. Awesome, I've found lakes just as clear but not blue , and you can see at least 50 ft. Down. This is beautiful and would love to see it and take in all the culture.

  4. Reminds me of 47 meters uncaged . The river spirits are great white sharks lol that's why they attack at night.

  5. There's a river similar to this in southern Spain. It's not very well known but it used to be popular with naturists gorge walking. It's so clear and beautiful and is claimed to be so because of the fluorescent properties of the rocks

  6. Could be lime stone filtering out the silt looks blue like water in old mines water filters in through the rock into abandoned mine shaftsπŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έlooks awesome and amazingπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

  7. I have scuba dive for years, but you will never see my butt in a cave dive. If anything goes wrong in a cave you are dead. You cant go up to the surface in a cave.

  8. We have a wonderful 🌍 but sadly, men gonna destroy eventually πŸ˜”

  9. Chodu banata hai madarchod river nahi ocean hai laudu aise fish apne bap ke ghar me dekha hai kya

  10. Pray that there isn't some type of mineral reserve or crude oil deep in the ground near this area

  11. Really people. How do fish fish tanks stay so clean? The system or river is not just a pool of water . It has flow that mixed with with bacteria will do the job . Amonia – nitrate – nitrites = plant food and happy eco system .

  12. Not only an amazing river, but also a cave underneath. Two wonders in one!

  13. I’ve been here before a couple years ago with my wife and brother. I had to use the restroom really bad I just took a big shit in the water. Didn’t see anything so it’s still cool

  14. I need to see plastic bottles floating there. Come on people, lets see progress.

  15. I can't believe this is from the Philippines, I'm a Filipino and I know nor heard nothing all about this. I expected this to be at the other country but, damn…

  16. Yo I got some news: another beautiful place on our planet is being burned down. The Amazon forest is dying and along with our ecosystem. And no one knows about this!! Please spread this around so that other people know this

  17. Me: how did these fish get here?

    Them: I dont know, its a huge mystery, but its time to feed them

    Me: ……oh

  18. Let the humans pollute it…yeah!Please discard your plastic bottles and wrappers, thank you, you soon gone parasites.

  19. pretty relaxing watching this, while amazon on fire todayπŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

  20. Beautiful! But oh great, now even more will flock like locusts to this place and disturb it, hopefully not wreck it. In their zeal to experience the world's loveliest places- they're destroying them!

  21. There are octopus in that there water that pull you down, its dam scary if ya ask me

  22. Wow this place is amazing. The Philippines really is a beautiful country, i will definitely come and visit one day.

  23. Hi there, we are from Spotlite Trans 7, Indonesia. We would like to ask for permission to use ur footage above for our show. This will be shown on this Saturday, 31 August 2019. We will put credit title for ur channel and footage.

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  24. I remember when I went here back in 2012 I was 9 back then. I loved that you could see clown fish all the way down.

  25. I thought it looked like a shark in the thumbnail. It would be a cool painting. A shark with aqua skin.

  26. I've been there 2yrs ago but they stop people swimming in the deepest portion of the site anymore.

  27. What a wonderful place to burn a Doobie πŸŒ±βœŒοΈβ€οΈπŸ’¨πŸ’¨πŸ’¨

  28. We have many rivers like this in northwest central Florida. Weeki Wachee, Homosassa, Crystal River, Rainbow River and of course the unparalleled Ichtucknee River north of Gainesville. All spring fed. All as clear as this for either all or for most of their runs. And these rivers aren't 700m long, rather miles long!!!

  29. Currently, it is forbidden to have people swim on the Enchanted River. There are stories that some people vanished from swimming. It has believed that they've been spirited away. Or they just literally got drowned.

  30. Leave the Nature alone.. Humans will invade every clean place and make it dirty….

  31. Riva, wohtah, so aussie 😁

  32. From what we've experienced,you will surely be amazed by the river's beauty.
    But you guys might get disappointed by how the locals runs the beautiful place..
    1st: if you got a car,once you arrive at the place,you have to park your car far from the exact place. Not to mention u have to pay for the parking.
    2nd: deep dive no more. They never allow anyone to swim in the most exciting part of the river but only in the shallow parts..
    3rd: foods are too expensive..doesn't even have much of choices. The bad part of eating there,you have to pay for the table which is suppose to be free.
    4th: the staff are not nice. Sure the place have their rules and stuff. But the staff don't execute the rules politely.the worst part is they show their customers some bad attitudes.
    So if ever you plan on going in this place..consider this comment..

  33. shout out sa proud pilipino dito may ganto sa bansa naten who ever wants to visit here take me as your tourist guide Dm me joshplanilla at IG

  34. It so exciting to go there. But you have to come across with a lot of predators along the way, pythons, cobras, crocodiles, tigers etc before you reach the place. Lol!

  35. many divers died here and body was not recovered… been there before when they still let people swim.

  36. Welcome to Pandora, Philippines where Avatar is Shot. Its more fun in the Philippines.. You are all Welcome people

  37. I was able to swim there when it was still allowed to swim above the deepest part of the river. It gives me chills just looking into the deep blue water. It's restricted now in the deep to prevent erosion to cover the hole.

  38. Me: huh
    Me: β€œsees where it is”
    Me: β€œlives near to it”
    Also me: Furiously writes in my bucketlist

  39. You need to include at the being of your video ….☝️ a Map of Mindanao and where exactly the Enchanted river is !

  40. I am just gonna say people do not pollute these beautiful clear waters full of marine life
    Leave them be

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