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Donsol Firefly Tour

Ogod River, Donsol, Luzon, Philippines
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Donsol
Type: Boat Tours
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- Aug 20, 2014
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Milan, Italy
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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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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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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Manila, Philippines
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

I was expecting a small, narrow river, surrounded by trees filled with fireflies. It's actually a pretty wide river and you stop at like 4 trees/bushes on the bank that have some fireflies. The coolest thing was the bioluminescent plankton in the water. Not a very expensive tour, so it's worth it, just don't expect much.

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We stayed two days in Donsol to see the whale sharks (which I also HIGHLY recommend, by the way). We had read about the firefly tour and thought it might be worth checking out. We are so glad we did-- what a special, unique experience! My fiancé and I paid to have the boat to ourselves (still a bargain), but... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This was a nice way to spend a night in Donsol. We got a tricycle from our resort to the river, and then travelled by boat down the river to see the fireflies. They’re not on every tree, but seem to congregate in a few trees every few metres. It’s quite amazing sitting watching them for a while, as there’s... More

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Hanoi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Weather was perfect and the sky was amazing the night we went out. The guide was really pleasant and enjoyable. Nothing spectacular, but interesting experience in nature. The ride on the tricycle might not be for everyone, but the boat was much more comfortable.

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Cebu City, Philippines
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87 reviews 87 reviews
17 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

We went on the Donsol River tour which is much closer to the hotels. It was perfect timing because there was no moon so it was pitch black. The stars were so visible. The fireflies light up trees and flicker in a synchronized manner. They were super amazing but impossible to capture with normal cameras. We had another surprise --... More

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London
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61 reviews 61 reviews
7 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

I was hoping the whole river would be full of them, rather than just a couple of trees. We went it was raining which did not help as they stay inside in the tree more. I would say it is just about worth going as there is little else to do in Donsol of an evening.

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Baguio, Philippines
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234 reviews 234 reviews
127 attraction reviews
465 helpful votes 465 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed the fire fly tour. It is worth every peso (it cost us totally 1250 pesos including transport and guide) The best part was - unlike whale sharks whose sighting depends on luck, fire flies are sighted always! We saw thousands of them! Booking was easy - we just reserved and paid up at the Whale shark interaction... More

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