Sipatan Hanging Bridge or more popularly known to travelers as the Hanging Bridge in Bohol is a foot bridge made mostly out of woven bamboo slats supported with steel cables, crossing the Sipatan River and connecting the barangays of Poblacion and Calinga-an of Sevilla in the province of Bohol.
I went here with my mom, my older brother, and twin brother at around 4:40 p.m. on February 29, 2012. This was right after visiting the famously picturesque Chocolate Hills and during my first time in Bohol, the 18th province on my list.
The bridge was actually made for the use of the local people living in Poblacion and Calinga-an, the barangays located on the two ends of the bridge. Because back then, the locals used to hike down the cliff and ride a boat across Sipatan River just to get to the other side.
Sipatan Hanging Bridge spans 40 meters long and 20 meters high. At first, ropes were used for support and railings but since tourists kept crossing the bridge to have a good view of the emerald waters of the river (which is actually connected with Loboc River), the locals decided to replace it with steel cables for more stability. After even more tourists, the locals decided to add one more bridge to efficiently separate ongoing and outgoing foot traffic.
When you want to cross the bridge, you have to pay Php 20.00. This amount supports the maintenance and improvement of the bridge.
Once you’ve crossed over to other side of the bridge, you’ll find Sevilla Souvenir Shop that sells native products at really low price. 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.
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. Ask the driver to drop you off at barangay Poblacion, where you can walk your way to the bridge.