It’s already mid-summer and the heat is already at its peak here in the Philippines. The country, with its more than 7,000 islands, boasts of wonderful beaches. However, this archipelago offers more than spectacular seasides. On our trip to Surigao del Sur, we visited two beautiful spots that can be great to cool off and relax.
Tucked within Barangay Borboanan is the little Niagara Falls of the Philippines, the Tinuy-an Falls. At 55 m high and 95 m wide, the four-tiered Tinuy-an falls is said to be the widest waterfalls in the country.
Visitors can chill on the banks or enjoy a picnic as cottages and tables are scattered throughout the area. For those who want to experience a water massage, rafts are available to take those who dare closer to the cascades.
Another spot worth visiting is the Hinatuan Enchanted River located between Barangay Talisay and Cambatong in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
From the road/parking area, you have to walk for a few meters to reach the river.
Several folktales are related to this beautiful river. Some locals said that engkantos or supernatural beings inhabit the area, giving it the name Enchanted River.
The deep blue waters flow into the Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
There are boats to take you to the floating resorts where you can have an awesome seafood meal and swim with the fishes (there are also rays!) and in their fish pens.
The area is barely developed as the roads there are still rocky parts leading to these spots. You might need take a habal-habal if you are not going there with a private vehicle. But somehow, I find it a beautiful thing that they maintain the natural beauty of the place.
Find time to take a trip to this province. Indeed, there are still a lot of places and sights to discover in our country!