This simply cannot be seen anywhere on the planet anymore. Like the Tarsiers in Bohol, it's the fireflies in Palawan. Both thenTarsiers and Fireflies both cant be found anywhere else in the world. Oh sure you may find a handful,of fireflies somewhere else in the world, but nothing like whole colonies, thousands of them lighting up a tree on the banks of moonlit river in the idle of nowhere.
The whole experience is one-of-a-kind and the Palawaneos take great care of this natural resource. The entire river is a protected sanctuary now and any kind of motorized transport is strictly forbidden. Its eerie to be paddling in pitch darkness on water that's as smooth and as black as a glass stove top. We re told the silent waters do indeed run 30 - 40 feet deep beneath us.
I expected the entire banks to be lit up,like,the Milky Way but instead, we paddle from tree to tree where the colonies feed, on blossoming mangroves only. In between constellations is about a 3 minute paddle upstream for 25 minutes to view one side of the river, make a U-turn and head back downstream on the,opposite bank, stopping at firefly constellations on the way back. Incredible and unique. A must-see at least once in ones lifetime. For a five year old, the memory of Pa and Ma close by in an outrigger paddlli g up a quiet river In Pitch blackness seeing the natural spectacle unfold should last beyond my grave. I pray whenever my son sees a firefly he'll remember me.
Logistics. P1500 private van round trip to the,river from town. Van waits for you. P 600 for banca boat good for three persons. All inclusive. Suggest you eat dinner before going, eat at 5-30pm to 6-15 pm . Call ahead in the morning to Reserve a boat for the first tour departing 7-30pm from the river bank launch jetty. Get the Firefly tour cell no from your hotel desk. You can walk In But then wait in line. Nicer to reserve first trip and jump to the head of the cue. Just be on time or you lose your slot.
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