The Twin Bamboo Hanging Bridges in Sevilla are a bit of a novelty and fun at the same time. You can’t say you have been to Bohol without crossing them…
The Twin Hanging Bridges
The Twin Hanging Bridges span the Sipatan River in a quiet and almost forgotten about part of Bohol. If you are not looking for them it would be so easy to drive right passed them. But this only adds to the attraction of the place for me.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” ― Bil Keane
The Twin Hanging Bridges of Sevilla are still a popular attraction visited by tourists no matter how secluded the location is. The town of Sevilla is some 36 km to the east of the city of Tagbilaran.
I arrived at the bridges with my partner, Gary at around 1:30pm. It was good just to get out and stretch my legs… This was right after visiting the famously famous Chocolate Hills.and going on the ATV adventure tour.
I asked our tour guides if the bridge was safe to cross… They laughed and motioned to the bridge as if to dare me… Don’t worry, the people there did assure me that it was strong and safe. Our driver also told us they have schedule maintenance on the bridge every 3 months (if I remember it correctly) – which means changing the whole bridge to a new one, new wires, new bamboo, etc.
They said that the hanging bridge was originally constructed using just bamboo and rope. Today, the rope has made way to steel cables, giving added safety and stability. The deck of the bridge is still formed out of woven bamboo slats. In places some of these appear broken but its still sturdy enough to take the weight of tourists and locals alike. Just watch where you put your feet.
Walking onto the bridge is a little daunting at first as the bamboo deck flexes a little under your feet. Although the support cables are now made of steel, you still experience some side to side sway and up and down bounce.
I love teasing Gary, i was trying to shake the hanging bridge and he stopped walking and told me to stop doing it. Maybe he is afraid to be out balance since people there warned us that the river is quiet deep. But hey, I keep doing it anyway, some of the tourist don’t mind it while locals seems amused looking at us. LOL
Someone from the other side was taking pictures of us though, it was from the locals there. I think they’re just recording who was there plus of course you’ve got the option to print it which cost Php 100. It is expensive but since Gary is sulking that time, I teased him more.. I told the 2 guys to take a photo of us.. Haha! (Anyway, they’ll get your facebook account and gave the copy of your picture with watermark).
Once you’ve crossed over to other side of the bridge, you’ll find Sevilla Souvenir Shop that nnative products like sells shirts, foods, and some other stuff for pasalubong at really low price. Our driver said that it is a lot cheaper compared to other attractions since you have to cross the hanging bridge to get there. It’s true though, it’s cheaper there. If the swaying while crossing the bridge made you thirsty, you’re in for a coconut treat as you’ll also find “The Buko King” who is said to be able to peel off the coconut husk using his teeth. Whew!
The hanging bridge Bohol entrance fee is P20 per head, and that includes the bridge going back. So technically the payment is P10 per way, per head – which is just okay. It is a funds raised that will be used for the maintenance of the bridge.
The Sevilla Hanging Bridge is often overlooked as it falls a little way off the normal day tour route. If you’re taking a package tour, ask the driver if it is possible to visit the bridge. Or, book a tour that includes this already. It is also possible to ride a bus from the Integrated Bus Terminal in Dao, Tagbilaran.
How to go to Sipatan Hanging Bridge
From Tagbilaran City, go to the municipality of Sevilla. It is 36 kilometers away from the city through the Loay-Interior road. The Sevilla Hanging Bridge is often overlooked as it falls a little way off the normal day tour route. If you’re taking a package tour, ask the driver if it is possible to visit the bridge. Or, book a tour that includes this already. It is also possible to ride a bus from the Integrated Bus Terminal in Dao, Tagbilaran.