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“The most picturesque bridge on San Juanico Strait”
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San Juanico Bridge
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Tacloban
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Owner description: The San Juanico Bridge, is an arch-shaped truss bridge in the Philippines stretching from Samar to Leyte crossing the San Juanico Strait. It is part of the Pan-Philippine Highway. It is the longest bridge in the Philippines spanning a body of water with a length of 2.16 kilometers.
Reviewed 25 April 2014

Even if I lived most of my adult life in Leyte, every opportunity to pass the San Juanico bridge is always a welcome experience. The reason is that each passage is an opportunity to view the picturesque San Juanico Bridge that is set against a panoramic view of the San Juanico Strait and the verdant mountains of Leyte island. Seeing this stunning view of San Juanico Bridge is like a secret ritual that I had to go through repeatedly each time I cross the bridge from the Samar side. The ritualistic act of seeing a stunning view unfolding starts as one's car crawls up the bridge to that point close to the top of the bridge. Since this view can be seen when one is already close to the crest of the bridge, it is just a fleeting moment and one never gets a total feel of the unfolding the beauty of view as it gets lost so quickly. Only a fast and expert ticking of the camera would allow one to capture a very picturesque and privileged view of the San Juanico Bridge from this vantage point. Since cars are not allowed parking on the bridge, start capturing the view on cam as the car climbs up the bridge for your souvenir picture of San Juanico Bridge....of course it would just be a selfie but if you chance upon a bridge inspector, join him in the walk across the bridge for that souvenir photo!

This beautiful bridge connects the island of Leyte and Samar in the central part of the Philippines and is set against the small strait that prominently figured when super typhoon Yolanda's (Haiyan) waters surged unto the nearby Tacloban City.
Centrally located, the bridge makes land travel in the Philippines from the North to South of the country a reality.

Tip, never take away your eyes off that beautiful view as it unfolds before your eyes when the car gets near the small islet to the right of the 2.16 km.bridge for when the car crawls up the bridge from the Samar island side it, the breathtaking view would be lost as the car gets close to the topmost part of the bridge. Happy viewing!!!!

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

We hurriedly went to one of the most fascinating man-made structure in the Philippines. Part of the Pan-Philippine Highway, stretches from Samar to Leyte across the San Juanico Strait in the Philippines. San Juanico Bridge, which is 2.16 kilometres (1.34 mi) long and connects the islands of Leyte and Samar, is the longest bridge in the Philippines. For me, San Juanico Bridge is the most beautiful bridge in the country. We have to ask permission to stop over in the middle of the bridge just to take photo souvenirs on it. My family members and of course myself enjoyed and was very much excited of stepping the bridge for the first time. Then we crossed the bridge over in the other end of it (Samar part) and did a u-turn for a more fascinating view. The view that is so popular which I usually see in postcards only. And my jaw dropped with awe. It was beautiful. Really! I would like to go back there anytime soon. I also notice a boat crossing below the bridge. And I notice some whirlpool on it and little islets that are being maintained by folks. I want to experience and see the view from below. So the next time I happen to visit the place, I will definitely rent a small banca and sail through the bridge underneath. It was a beautiful connection.

1  Thank Joseph Bernard A
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

Who: Me and cousins on a family reunion
What: San Juanico By foot
When: Some time 2010
Where: Leyte - Samar

got a chance to be on 2 islands in 1 day, took me 30 mins with my overweight cousins, haha

*look for giant jellyfishes and some huge fish shadows on san juanico strait! brace for yourselves when vehicles go through though, dont want to go dante varona on san juanico.

1  Thank KingReaper
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

If you wish to be on that moment were you're on two places (leyte and samar) both at the same time then San Juanico bridge should be on your list. It's neat. No biggie. Vehicles aren't allowed to park on the bridge. They'd have to do a long U-turn to get back so just take note of that.

1  Thank pancit_canton
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

Be cautious at all times when you attempt to walk across this beautifully-engineered bridge. (We were lucky enough to be allowed to do so.) It's a thrilling experience as you walk over this bridge; feeling the vibration of the ground with each passing vehicle, and enjoying the panoramic view of (part) Leyte, Samar, and San Juanico Strait. If your lucky, you will also enjoy seeing the sunset from the bridge. Enjoy the walk, but remember, this bridge is a National Highway so be cautious and don't do anything foolish. There are checkpoint securities, just follow their instructions for your own safety. Also, vehicles are STRICTLY NOT ALLOWED to stop, for whatever reason, at any point of the bridge.

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