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I have lost my best friend and cave diving buddy—Doc Amores. He passed away last June17, 2014 in an enchanting and mystical place aptly called The Enchanted River of Hinatuan. He was captivated by the beauty of this unbelievably blue body of water that since 2010 he has been back to the area 7 times.

Doc & I-- Enchanted River 2010

Doc & I– Enchanted River 2010

I do not wish to discuss the details of his last dive but I will instead direct you to the Filipino Cave Divers website so that you may understand that losing him is not only a loss to his family and friends. You may also find further details in this link to a local paper’s article: Doc’s Unfinished Book & the Pawod Cave.

In this period of mourning, I will take comfort in the thought that the times we spent together helped shape me to the kind of person that I am now.

I miss you, Doc. See you in the next life…

To the depths of the Enchanted River

Doc in the foreground– Enchanted River 2011

Missing Doc

I know this took a long time coming so here it goes! Best of thanks to Hinatuan’s Municipal Planning Officer, Mr. Ferdinand Barrios for the advice on how to get to his hometown using the regular transports that ply from Nasipit/ Butuan.

From Cebu

Gothong Southern Ferries sails every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7pm to Butuan.

Take the Gothong  ferry that leaves for Butuan at 7pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Check latest schedules via internet as this info can change without prior notice.

Accommodations on inter-island ferries have definitely progressed. The bunk I got in the Tourist Section featured an 18inch flat screen monitor that was connected to a media box with a multi-card reader. It allows one to plug-in an SD card or USB drive and it’ll play your pictures or movies right there while you lay back in air-conditioned comfort and privacy.

From Nasipit Port

Get one with a sunshade!

Option 1: From Nasipit take a tricycle to Nasipit terminal and look for the bus bound for MANGAGOY. This bus will take you all the way to the Hinatuan terminal. From there, you can contract the services of a “habal-habal” motorcylce transport to take you to the Enchanted River.

For tourists who travel heavy– especially divers!

Option 2: You can take a jeep from the Nasipit terminal and get down at the Gaisano- Nasipit. There are vans for hire near Gaisano and you can direct the driver to take you straight to the Enchanted River.

Places to stay and contact numbers:

Sibadan : 0927-393-6207/0935-257-6540
C Sand Bar: 0939-788-8801
CJ Hometel: 0947-443-2548

Enchanted River Management Office: 0920-259-5554

And if you see these friendly guys at Hinatuan, please tell them the MAD Cavers said hi!

Enjoy your trip!

 The 1st Hinatuan Enchanted River- Surigao del Sur Exploration was conducted on Feb. 19- 21, 2010.

Mantaga Adventure Divers

Bernil, Emgee & Doc


  • Dr. Alfonso “Doc” Amores – NACD (USA) # 3042
  • Bernil H. Gastardo – IANTD Technical Cave Diver #95508


  • Emmanuel “Emgee” Guillermo, PADI Advance/Deep Diver
Report by: Doc Amores


Hinatuan’s Enchanted River is a favourite tourism destination in the island of Mindanao. People as far away as Davao, a 6-hour bus ride away, take day trip excursions just to enjoy this natural wonder – a spring with cool crystal clear water, flowing out to sea some 600 meters away. The head spring is surrounded by up to 40-meter cliffs of soft limestone and lush vegetation.

There have been up to 3 dive explorations of the area, all by non-cave divers. This expedition is an attempt to define the nature and topography of the depths of the Enchanted River head spring. It is a joint effort of MAD (Mantaga Adventure Divers), a group of cave and associate divers from Mactan Island, Cebu and the LGU of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

MAD Cavers making a courtesy call to Mayor Candelario Viola Jr…

The LGU is represented by Hon. Mayor Candelario J. Viola, Jr of Hinatuan and Mr. Ferdinand Barrios, Municipal Planning and Development Officer.


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