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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
Most recent review
- Apr 9, 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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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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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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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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Avignon, France
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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

we are staying at Aguluz and they organised for us to do the firefly trip. they were totally mesmerising. it was like looking at a xmas tree all lit up. we then went up the river and stopped while our tourvguide picked us a young coconut which we drank the juice and atecthe flesh. he also caught a firefly for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We went by motorcycle from Manila to Donsol at Christmas, knowing full well that there are no whale sharks at this time of year, but were curious about the mention of a 'firefly spectacle' as a possibility. We had already driven around the entire base of Mount Mayon -possibly the most perfect coned volcano of the 165 volcanoes to be... More

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Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Although it's a pretty quick and uneventful river boat ride, coming alongside a tree full of fireflies that seemed to be dancing was really magical. As most know, there really is only one other thing to do when in Donsol, but since we saw no whale sharks, it was nice to settle for a sure thing. It wasn't as the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

While you shouldn't let your expectations go overboard, the firefly watching is a pretty great experience. We saw several trees on the river bank with what must have been hundreds of fireflies buzzing around. The guide was able to tell a few interesting things while we were enjoying the view. It's really quite beautiful, and with the boat engines off... More

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