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Donsol Firefly Tour

Address: Ogod River, Donsol, Luzon, Philippines
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Donsol
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Calgary, Canada
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

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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29 helpful votes 29 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
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66 helpful votes 66 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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Manila, Philippines
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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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Makati, Philippines
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87 reviews 87 reviews
17 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
7 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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