Enchanting Surigao del Sur, Day 2
Picking up where we left off: Next stop, Tinuy-an Falls and Enchanted River
We woke up early the following day, eager to get to the next destinations: Tinuy-an Falls, and Enchanted River. We rode a pick-up from the hotel to have breakfast, and went back to get our stuff in order and then check-out from the hotel. We headed straight to Tinuy-an Falls, a 2-hour drive away from the hotel on rough, dry and dusty barangay roads. It was such a relief to finally arrive, we were all dusty and needed a wash real bad!
After taking a slight detour to take a couple of pictures from a different vantage point, we rode a simple bamboo raft to get near the falls, get ourselves wet and enjoy the experience. Not really breathtaking in size, but the way it was formed was spectacular!
When we enjoyed enough, we headed back out to the road, and went on for a 2-hour drive to get to the Enchanted River. It was a relief when we got on the cemented road again, the dry, cool wind on our faces but after an hour, it was back to the dry, dusty roads again.
We arrived at the Enchanted River at nearly noon, and we were famished so the first thing we did was to grab some tables and chairs to get settled in and eat our packed lunch. At exactly 1200, there was an attraction of feeding the big fishes at the river, but we didn’t get to enjoy it since there were too many people at the area. We were pretty sure we’d get to see it again as they would be feeding the fish again at 1500.
After some rest, we went to rent life-jackets (most of us can swim, but not as good as the others) and take a dip in the clean waters. There were too many people around as it was a weekend so we didn’t get to enjoy it as much as we’d like, but the water was simply spectacular. I would recommend having a snorkel set so you could see the amazing sights beneath the water, the deep crevice, the huge fishes swimming, or in some cases simply staying put as if they were painted in the water. I would really like to visit the place on a weekday, when there would probably a lot less people in the area so I could enjoy the serenity of the place.
At 1500, they fed the fishes again, and it was quite a treat to see the huge fish swim close to the surface and then lunge at the food being thrown their way. When it was over, we packed up, and prepared to take a short boat ride to our next destination where we would stay the night, at the C-Fish Cage and Sand Bars Resort.
The C-Fish Cage and Sand Bars Resort is situated in the middle of the water, on a somewhat shallow area where you can get to walk on the sandbar during low tide. It’s a short 15-minute ride, but a miscommunication with the dispatcher sent us in a neighboring resort, so we had to take the boat again to the correct resort. Upon arriving, we had time to settle in our room, ordered some food to be served for dinner and had time to freshen up and rest.
The location of the resort promised a cool night’s stay, but the configuration of the rooms dictated otherwise. No sea wind blew in our direction, making our cramped room too hot to sleep in. So some of us borrowed some cushions and stayed out near the receiving area where the wind blew freely, and we were able to sleep in. We had wanted to wake up at around 0100, during the low tide to walk around but it was quite a bit of a walk and we would still get wet going there so we scratched that plan and went on to get more sleep instead.