The Bamboo Hanging Bridge in Sevilla, which crosses the Sipatan River is a popular attraction visited by tourists. The town of Sevilla is some 36 km to the east of the city of Tagbilaran.
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.
The bridge spans around 40 meters and offers a great view of the emerald Sipatan river below. On the far side of the bridge you will find a small shop selling souvenir items and a welcome cold drink and snacks. Also, you will find “The Buko King”. He can strip a coconut (buko) in something like 10 seconds using just his teeth.
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.
A ten pesos toll (as of 2010) is charged to cross the bridge, the funds raised are used for the maintenance of the bridge. There are in fact two bridges now and you cross on one and back on the other.
(Text and photos: bohollife.com)