A Backpacker’s Photo Diary: Enchanted River, Surigao del Sur
It took six hours of traveling by land from Davao City to reach Surigao del Sur. Touching the color turquoise with my fingers—just knowing what it would feel like, was the much awaited prize.
There were dozens of people swimming in the Enchanted River when my family and I arrived, so we patiently bided our time for them to clear out. Noon was the magic hour when the caretakers played a song for the fishes, and asked everyone to go to the shore, and let the river breathe.
My heart broke when I saw just how much trash was piling up at the sides because of the high volume of crowds visiting daily. The Enchanted River is such a gem, and a fairly young tourist hotspot. It’s being run by the local government, and I really hope that they would set stringent rules for safeguarding the area. We can all try to do our part, but we also need their initiative.
I then took a walk to the shallow end of the river (and carried my heavy heart with me), where small boats were lined up to take you around the sandbar and neighboring small islands.
The water was this clear—our boat seemed like it was suspended on a glass surface.
This was one of my favorite moments: standing on the sandbar, with the tide up to my waist, and waves coming from all directions.
The Mindanao region would always offer trips that inspired you to hope, and to believe that you could do so much to make things better. This was no exception.
Brave the waves,