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Address: Ogod River, Donsol, Luzon, Philippines

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I was apprehensive about doing this tour. Unfortunantly had to hire the whole bangkla so an expensive tour. You don't go far before the engine is off and you'll see a tree that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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Alice Springs, Australia
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Alice Springs, Australia
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80 reviews 80 reviews
53 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I was apprehensive about doing this tour. Unfortunantly had to hire the whole bangkla so an expensive tour. You don't go far before the engine is off and you'll see a tree that looks like it is full of fairy lights flashing. The whole tree is full of them and it is an impressive lightshow. The quiet cruise down the... More 

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Nowra, Australia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
19 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

What a contrasting day, whale shark interaction, walk around the village of Donsol and then to take a 30 minute tri-cycle ride to the river start point. The tour run by locals was exceptional. A quiet cruise upstream with lots of information about the river, local area and firefly's gave us a special understanding of the locals and the nature... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I've been lucky enough to see fireflies in other locations before I visited the Philippines, but the hypnotic display in Dolsol is like something from a fairy tale. As with my hotel and Whale Shark Interaction sessions, I booked my firefly excursion via Donsol Eco Tours, who also called a trike that took me to the tour centre – which... More 

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egypt
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

What an amazing natural event. I would recommend if you can afford it to pay a little extra and have a boat to yourself, my partner and I done this and did not regret paying the slightly higher amount. It is a must see if you are in Donsol, at one point the guide caught a firefly in her hand... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We took a boat for 1 hour and a half and so the magnificent firefly on three different trees, its beautiful and magical! It cost us 250 peso each(5 people on a boat) the guide was very good and knowledgeable . Go for it! Its locate the bridge

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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31 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

This is a great thing to do of an evening in Donsol. We left our accommodation at 6pm and it took about 30 minutes to get to the firefly jetty (there are a few different start points so depends which one you go to). We paid our fees (1250php for a boat that can fit up to 6 people) and... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The guide was very knowledgeable about fireflies. We saw three different sites. The "magical bush" was the best. Very beautiful

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Milan, Italy
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We booked our tour with our resort (Amor Farm) and we left right from our resort. It took about 20 mins from our resort to get to the fireflies. It was such a cool experience. We had our own boat, because no one else from our hotel came. We got really close to the trees and they just light up... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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72 reviews 72 reviews
17 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We organised a firefly tour through our accommodation and really didn't know what to expect. But we went anyway, not expecting much but 'something else to do' other than Donsol's main attraction of swimming with the butanding (whale sharks). Needless to say, we were completely blown away and were delighted with the sight of the fireflies in the pitch darkness.... More 

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Hong Kong
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised by the firefly tour - being city people, we had never had an encounter with fireflies. It felt magical when they lit up the trees like x'mas lights! Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided us with lots of information on fireflies and their roles in the eco-system. Added bonus: since the river area had no/low... More 

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