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 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.
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ― Dr. Seuss
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 1:30 pm. It was good just to get out and stretch my legs. Therefore, 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. To clarify things out, our driver and also a tour guide, told us they have scheduled maintenance on the bridge every 3 months which means changing the whole bridge to a new one, new wires, new bamboo, etc. A good span and it is well organized.
I love teasing Gary, I was trying to shake the hanging bridge. That is to say, he stopped walking and told me to stop doing it. Because, As you walk, it creaks and even sounds as though the bamboo is breaking. Be careful. It is not so easy to cross the river if you’re scared. Do wear proper shoes, since some tourist ruined their flip flops, and got some blisters because they were grabbing the fence too long. 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.
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. But you can still experience some side to side sway and up and down bounce The deck of the bridge is still formed out of woven bamboo slats. In places, some of these appear broken but it is still sturdy enough to take the weight of tourists and locals alike.
Vendors and photographers start to hassle you once you reach the other side of the bridge upon arrival. Quite annoying. I certainly never seen a photographer who took pictures of tourist without permission then forces you to get the pictures. But anyway, since Gary was sulking that time, I allowed those persuasive photographers to take photos of us. They print the pictures which cost ₱100 each! Then they get my facebook account and gave the copy of our picture with the watermark. Fair enough!
Anyway, once you’ve crossed over to another side of the bridge, you’ll find Sevilla Souvenir Shop that sells native products like shirts, foods, and some other stuff for pasalubong at a 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. I bought a few things in the souvenir stalls but found these souvenir foods and clothes were much cheaper in the City Malls of Tagbilaran. Oh well …
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 fundraiser 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.