Animal Scene


Three areas are known for their firefly population­s and have the facilities for touring the area properly, as reported by Mavic Conde in a 2015 Rappler article.



Donsol in Sorsogon has a river tour for viewing fireflies. Viewing can be arranged with the Tourism Center, the same place for registerin­g for butanding encounters. Do be prepared for transport costs and a registrati­on fee. Bring about PHP 2000, just to be sure.


The Iwahig Firefly Watching Station in Palawan is a project in conjunctio­n with Puerto Princesa’s local government. The tours are organized and somewhat strict, so it’s a good idea to schedule in advance. The tour lasts about the better part of an hour. You can go through your tourist guide or operator, or you can contact 0916 780 9118 or 0929 616 5990.


There are multiple sites in Bohol where one can observe fireflies, such as along the Abatan River, the Postan Forest, and other areas in Laoay. It’s a good idea to contact the local tourism offices there for more informatio­n. Do take note that there are other places in the country where one can observe fireflies, such as Siquijor, Coron in Palawan, Romblon in Magdiwang, and Sibuyan Island.

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