It all started out with a “i-want-to-go-visit-the-Enchanted-River-and-Tinuy-an rant”.
Later that evening, an SMS from Igor excited me mucho! We’re planning a Surigao Adventure aka Tinuy-an and Enchanted river day tour the next week.
The first minute of November 23,2010, me, along with my fun-loving officemates agreed to meet up at McDonald’s Bajada for the ultimate roadtrip. My then fiance only agreed to go on the trip for some photo ops for our coming wedding. Little did we know, it will be one hell of an adventure!
By 1am, we were on our way to Surigao. Some were sleeping, some laughing, some catching up, some waiting for the glimpse of Surigao (me included!). Since it was a smooth ride and a comfy van, we arrived Bislig by 5am. Great, we had the extra time to sit by the Bislig Baywalk. Their beach isn’t the best I have ever seen, but the sound of rolling tides are always soothing to my weary soul…
At 6am, we went to a prearranged local eatery who prepared our sumptuous breakfast. Eggs, steamed rice, sausages and hot beverages were feasted to our heart’s delight. After that hearty breakfast, we headed to Tinuy-an Falls.
It was indeed magical. The long stretch of rich waterfalls made me say a gazillion silent p rayers of thanks to our Creator. Thank You Lord I’m alive. Thank You Lord I am healthy to endure that 5 hours of landtrip. Thank You Lord for blessing me with work that enables me to wander out and about. Thank you Lord for the company of good friends. It was indeed beyond words. The challenging trail to the top was so worth it.When it was our time to come down, we decided to enjoy the scenery and experience the locally made raft. It was fun. It was perfect for team building. It was amazing indeed.
We took turns in subjecting ourselves to that strong waterfalls, masochistically delish. Picture after picture. We even gave a shot at swimming through the current ( a must try, in a good weather). I highly recommend bringing in some baon though, food isn’t available at the place. and you will surely be hungry after all the swimming and trekking.
After all the swimming and laughing and eating it was time to go and off to another destination, Enchanted River.
We stopped by the local eatery because we have pre-arranged lunch meals with them. Lo and behold! Heaps and heaps of prawns and tinolang malasugue was served for us. It was as if I was just smack at home. We helped ourselves for another sumptuous meal. And before we knew it, we were off for another destination.
Enchanted River is located in Hinatuan, an estimated hour away from Tinuy-an Falls. We arrived at the resort after lunch and there were locals enjoying the resort as well. In the walls were little what nots about the wonders of Enchanted River. In reference to the past pictures I saw, improvement and development was evident. Signages, entrance fees and even tours are offered. We availed of the ten-peso life jacket so that we can experience swimming in the deep blue waters.
It’s a must for turistas and adventuristas to bring snorkel sets. What you can see underwater is something far beyond imagination.I have seen big fishes, schools of fishes and other creatures in the unknown depths of the sea. Also seen tables serving seafoods, but I can’t say if it was served at the resort. Locals do have little sari-sari stores outside the gate. Never ever miss the chance of taking a dip in the pool-like wonder. Numerous comfort rooms and dressing rooms are available at the place. Sadly, after hours of swimming and peeping through the waterworld, it was time for us to go.
Memories 0f this trip are always the sweetest. From the company of good friends, to laugh trip, to foodtrip and nature trip. Truly,it was all worth my time and a portion of my hard earned moolah!