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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Datu Sicao Falls - Tamayong Calinan, Davao City

Datu Sicao Falls is located at Datu Sicao, Purok 6, Tamayong, Calinan, Davao City. Datu Sicao Falls is often visited during holy week. Some mountaineers considered it as a minor climb and a perfect start to those who want to try out before joining major climb.

The trek is very easy. You need to have great endurance to be able to reach the falls. But first you must stop at Lantaw Apo where you need to be registered. They do this so that they will have record of people who enter that place. Start again trekking and you will experience hours of mountain climbing and an hour of river treaking while at the end a cold and lots of beautiful falls is waiting for you to enjoy.

How To Get There:

Take a taxi ride to Bangkerohan Terminal for Calinan and then take a bus ride. Tell the "kondoktor" to drop you off at the Buyzone Store, Calinan. When you are there, talk to someone and ask where is the terminal going to Tamayong Purok 6, it is at about 100 meters from the point you where drop off.

Take a ride, it is usually a jeep, and then drop off at the Tamayong Purok 6. When you are there, register to their barangay and then start climbing. Just follow the trail going to Datu Sicao area. When you reach Datu Sicao area, usually climbers rest there for the night and then go to the Sicao falls early the next morning.

Purok 6 to Datu Sicao area usually takes at about 5 hours of climbing and then Datu Sicao camping area to Sicao falls at about 3 hours (1.5 hours of it is river treaking).

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Enchanted River - Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

In a little known rustic town in Surigao del Sur, lies a slice of paradise that swept me off my feet the moment I saw it. It is the so called Enchanted River of Hinatuan. This is the second spot we visit after witnessing the beauty of Tinuy-an Falls

It takes 2 hours to travel from Bislig City before you can reach Hinatuan. It was called "Enchanted" as there are rumors before that this nature spot is guided by an unseen and takes the body of whoever swam on the river. But nowadays, since Enchanted River is known to be one of the best tourist spots in Surigao del Sur, the word enchanted defies it's meaning. Because almost weekends and holidays, a lot of people visit this place, crowded may it seems actually.

According to the locals, the river’s depth, particularly the dark blue portion, is estimated to be around 24 meters (80 feet). Gazing for minutes at the enchanting spectacle, I felt some invisible force beckoning me to dive into the deep blue waters.

Aside from that blue lagoon, you can feed various fishes. You can also have a foot spa, fishes will like to remove your dead skin cells.

Other Information:

Entrance costs only P10 per head, and there are cottages you can rent as well if you’re planning to have a picnic. You can also take a boat ride from the river to Hinatuan Bay. You can swim, snorkel, and even scuba dive there.

How To Get There:

Take the bus from Butuan City and get off at Hinatuan town. From there, take the habal-habal (a public transport motorcycle). You can either wait for other passengers (P40) or hire the whole thing for P200-250. You can get to Butuan City from Manila via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines.

Other photos taken at Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao del Sur