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Bohol Firefly Watching Private Tour in Abatan River with Transfers
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Bohol Firefly Watching Private Tour in Abatan River with Transfers

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Panglao, Bohol, Philippines
3 hours
All year
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Enjoy an enchanted night out as you go on a river cruise and see a firefly light show under the vast night sky in Bohol with this private firefly watching tour in Abatan River. This end-of-day activity is the perfect option for those looking for an off-the-beaten-path and laidback activity to cap off their day in the province.

You will be picked up from your hotel either in the Panglao area or in Tagbilaran City just after the sunsets. From there, you will make your way northeast to the drop-off point in Abatan River. Here, the guide will brief you on the do’s and don’ts of the activity and give you your life vests. You will then board a makeshift flat-bottomed Chinese wooden boat called sampan. Other guests can opt to take a kayak. 

Once you’re all settled in, you will then float along the emerald green waters of Abatan River. The 19-kilometer Abatan River, found in eastern Bohol, is home to rich flora and fauna. At least eight species of fireflies including Pteroptyx macdermotti, which is very rare and endemic to the Philippines—is found here, as well.

Wait for the darkness to overcome the land and witness the hues of green, yellow, and even orange lights, thanks to the glow of the fireflies, illuminate the night sky. These lighting creatures also brighten the mangrove forest along the riverbanks. The river basin of Abatan is also home to over 30 mangrove species, including the globally endangered Camptostemon philippinense, which is locally known as Gapas-gapas. 

Admire the scenery and watch the tiny insects light up your way as you slowly cruise down the river. Feel free to take a video of the scene or capture them on camera, but make sure to turn off your flash to not scare away the fireflies. The activity will last for about an hour before you make your way back to your hotel.

Admire the beauty of the night sky and relax as you watch the fireflies dance along Abatan River in Bohol with this firefly watching tour. Check availability by choosing a date. 


Air-Conditioned Vehicle
Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off within Panglao Area
English - Speaking Guide
Life Vest
Entrance Fees


Sightseeing and Walking


Abatan River

What to bring

Extra Towel
Jacket or Umbrella (During rainy season)

Good to know

- All our guides speak English.

- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs may be limited.

- Approx. 20M Flat Concrete and Bamboo Flooring to the raft.

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