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Address: Ogod River, Donsol, Luzon, Philippines

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Definitely worth seeing

Definitely worth seeing and very beautiful. What is incredible is the way in which the fireflies respond to clapping! Only lasts about an hour, but is definitely memorable and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Seoul, South Korea
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Costa Mesa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

You pay by the boat, bangka, so go early, before sunset, so other tourists help fill the bangka and reduce the per person cost. I was not impressed at first but the boatmen found trees swarming with fireflies and stopped at a few trees for a while. Very impressive as the mass of fireflies swayed in the breeze. The boat... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely worth seeing and very beautiful. What is incredible is the way in which the fireflies respond to clapping! Only lasts about an hour, but is definitely memorable and worthwhile. Good to see if you have come to Donsol during whale shark season, as well!

Thank TravelAngler725
Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

This was a surprise as we went to Donsol for the whale sharks. It is pretty unique and a great thing to do in the evening. Trees shine with little fireflies and some areas are pretty incredible. I heard also that there is luminiscent plancton that makes the water shine but we didn't get to see that the night we... More 

1 Thank lilotra
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016 via mobile

Went there last september with my family. We have 3 kids that were quite scared at first in getting on the boat because it is a bit dark. Better ask the boatman to carry the kids for you. The tour is just so-so. Since it is off season there were only few spots with lots of fireflies plus my mom... More 

Thank Mary Rose C
North West, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

Typical SE Asian style disorganisation at the start - told we had to be there for 6pm, got there, waited for ages, then found out we were basically waiting for them to fill the boat because they are quite strict in that they won't 'sail' if it's not full unless you all chip in for the extra places! Ridiculous as... More 

1 Thank jmm84
Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

Donsol can be a bit boring in the evening since you are obviously here for the butanding encounter and young children might end up getting on your nerves. The firefly watching is a good answer to this problem, the overall arrangement is good as usual well organized. If you are lucky you get to see the fireflies light up the... More 

1 Thank Abhijit_Singh
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2016

We did this based on the reviews. Booked it via the tourist center in donsol. They picked us up form the hotel and dropped us back. Went out for a trip on the river in a boat by ourselves (couple). It was good to see and we found some trees with alot of fireflys. Thre was nothing wrong with the... More 

Thank dahenchman
Bacolor, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2016

The Donsol River Cruise is just a tricycle away from the beaches of Sorsogon. The cruise itself is enjoyable communing with nature passing mangroves, breathing the fresh air. The river is clean and the skyscape is awesome. How majestic witnessing the tiny creatures providing lightings on trees, it was like christmas trees. The fee is minimum with a tour guide... More 

1 Thank Kaizen1975
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

It was a magical experience. The tour took an hour (cost: Php1,250 for 5 people) but it was worth it. The guide who took us there was very informative. By the way, you would have to pay an additional Php150 for the guide. You can book this tour at the Donsol Tourist Center.

Thank Kristine C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2016 via mobile

Highly recommend this tour. It is a brief one hour tour and worth every minute. We had an informative guide and really enjoyed our time on the river. The fireflies are beautiful and unlike anything I've seen before!

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