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Address: Ogod River, Donsol, Luzon, Philippines

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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Nowra, Australia
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Nowra, Australia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

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
12 helpful votes 12 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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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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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
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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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78 helpful votes 78 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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