Aug 22, 2013 - 4:00PM
That was the fastest island hopping I've ever tried. There's something about ocean that is so mesmerizing. Part of me wanted to stay a little bit longer but we were on the go. We didn't want to be on the road when night falls. Our next destination would be 4 more hours. We planned to stay in Hinatuan for the night for our next destination, The Enchanted River.
Four hours, it was a long wait. It would have been a great opportunity to talk to the person next to me at least get some direction and know more about the town we were heading. This was time I realized, I'm not friendly enough. First there's the speech barrier, second most people first impression on me is that I'm a snob. So i just let go of that thought instead I tried to feel my butt. At that moment, I just really wanted a bed.
We arrived in Hinatuan around 8PM. We took a pedicab from the terminal to the hostel. I was craving for bread already. After we settled our bags, the receptionist recommended Jams Native Cuisine for dinner, then the power went out. We brought our headlamp and strut the dark streets. It was just a few blocks away.
So read good reviews about Enchanted River. It was the main reason I asked my friend if I could tag along. The next day after breakfast, we took another habalhabal ride for roughly 45 minutes from the town proper to the Enchanted River.
The first question that came into my mind was "what makes this enchanting again?" It was high tide when we arrived so the salty water mixed with the fresh water made the water brackish. A local said that when sea water receded it would be more clear.
So while waiting I took a plunge. The water was so cold. And since I was not as buoyant as in a sea water, we rented a floater for 15 pesos per hour. In less than an hour my hands got wrinkled already.
After some hours the water begun to be more clear already. Too bad we couldn't stay until feeding time normally during noon, we needed to be back to the town proper and be in time for the next bus ride going south. Perhaps that would have made this experience magical.
Another friend of mine said we should have tried the banca cruise leading to the sea. It would have made the experience better. Maybe that's what you get for expecting too much. It was fun really but not what I expected. I expected Tinkerbell to show up and leaked fairy and pixie dusts. or Ariel to go splashing and sing a marina song.. haha. By the way, one of their boards/signage has a picture of turquoise but I didn't see one. Nemo where are you? now I'm starting to read weird, perhaps this is the enchantment! (wink)