Bohol Firefly Watching Night Cruise at Abatan River with Transfers

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Bohol, Philippines
3 hours
English, Tagalog
All year
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Hop on a boat and watch fireflies twinkle in the trees along Abatan River in Bohol with this firefly watching night cruise tour. If you’re looking for a relaxing activity to cap off your day in the province, then this early evening escapade is definitely worth booking. The package includes transfers, entrance fees, and a local tour guide. You will also have an option to book a dinner after the river cruise as an add-on.

Your driver will pick you up at your resort or hotel in Panglao at 6 PM. Once you are all set, you will proceed to the boat dock, where your Bandong, a traditional boat, is waiting for you. Life jackets will be provided to keep the activity safe. 

Before you get on the boat, a palina ritual will be performed. The native ritual involves a clay pot with white smoke and is meant to protect people from evil spirits. After the ritual, you will board the boat and begin your cruise along the Abatan River. 

Listen to your guide as they will tell you about the species of fireflies in Bohol and the mangroves that they call their home in the Abatan River. Your guide will also point out the trees full of fireflies, so be sure to listen and be on the lookout. The boat will stop for a few minutes near trees filled with fireflies so you can take everything in. Don’t forget to also look up at the night sky, as the darkness will help you see more stars. 

Remember to bring a good camera with you as it requires a bit of luck and advanced technology to catch this magical experience on camera. Just remember to turn off your flash! Don’t worry if you don’t have a good camera, though, as you will still be able to enjoy the experience of seeing the fireflies spectacularly light up the trees along the Abatan River.

After visiting more spots where fireflies gather, you will be brought back to the dock and then driven back to your hotel.

Fill your night with a magical firefly show with this firefly watching cruise in the Abatan River in Bohol. Check the availability by choosing a date.

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Abtan Firefly Watching Night Tour with Driver Guide Assistance
Palina Ritual and Orientation Upon Arrival then Proceed to Bandong Ride
Free Hotel Pick-up and Drop Off from Accommodations in Panglao Area (Airport/Hotel/Pier) Only


Water Activities
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What to bring

Camera, Phone, Charger, and Power Bank
Extra Money in Philippine Peso Currency
Personal Drinking Water and or Snacks
Personal Medicine
Personal Sanitizing Alcohol and Facemask
Covid 19 Vaccination Card and Valid ID

Good to know

The operator may cancel the tour in case of force majeure or unforeseen circumstances like weather conditions. In this case, you will be given the option to reschedule or request a full refund. Note that being late by 15-30 minutes without any advice is considered a no-show. Tour cancellation requests must be made 48 hours before your scheduled tour subject to approval.

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