Don’t look down! This thin and wobbly bridge made of woven bamboo is a great thrill, especially for those conquering a fear of heights. Suspended some 131 feet (40 meters) across the murky, green Loboc River in southwestern Bohol, the flexible bridge creaks, bounces and sways with every step as you make your way across. Add a whole family and it’s an experience you’re not soon to forget.
The bridge, originally constructed of just bamboo and rope, was once open to local foot traffic and (eek!) small motorcycles heading in both directions. As a popular tourist attraction, the bridge has since received some safety upgrades: steel cable handles, a 10-person maximum on the bridge, and a second return bridge that ensures traffic is always one-way only. On the other side, vendors sell affordably priced hats, fans, t-shirts and snacks, and the “Buko (Coconut) King” offers his namesake nuts impressively stripped of their husks using his teeth.
The bridge is located in Sevilla, 22 miles (36 km) east of Tagbilaran City on Bohol Island in the Philippines. The bridge connects Sitio Sipatan of Barangay Ewon and Sitio Ilawod of Barangay Lobgob. There’s a $0.50 (25 PHP) roundtrip charge to experience the bridge. The attraction is included on some day tours of Bohol and often coupled with visits to the nearby Tarsier Sanctuary.