Lake Tiktikan

By Jake Miranda|April 22, 2013, (Doro the Explorer) One of the more popular tourist spots in Mindanao this summer is Sohoton Cove. This hidden lagoon of limestone rocks is the well-advertised attraction of Bucas Grande island in the province of Surigao del Norte, Philippines. Its popularity is second only to nearby Siargao island. However, there … Continue reading Lake Tiktikan

A Dive From The Sea and Out To The Lake (Exploring Lake Bababu)

The 6th Lake Bababu Underwater Cave Expedition By Jake Miranda, TDI This article is dedicated to my dear cousin, Dr. Edgar Vincent “Gagay” T. Miranda, who passed away last January 21, 2013. One of the most exciting things you can do in your life is go cave diving in Lake Bababu. Traverse the whole length … Continue reading A Dive From The Sea and Out To The Lake (Exploring Lake Bababu)

The 1st Hinatuan Enchanted River Head Spring Exploration 2010

Article by Doc Amores.


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


  • 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…

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