You’d probably think that after the city tour in Palawan, you’ll just have dinner and grab a couple of beers at Kinabuchs. You may want to rethink your itinerary and experience firefly watching. In firefly watching you will cruise the Iwahig river for an hour and you will be mesmerized by the beauty of the fireflies. Iwahig river is located at Highway km. 20 Barangay Iwahig Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
We hired a tricycle driver and offered us to bundle the city tour and our transportation to Iwahig River and go to Kinabuchs after the cruise. We added 700 pesos to be able to include Iwahig River in one of our stops.
River cruise fees
We only paid 600 pesos for a boat with a capacity of around 4 people including the boatman.
We arrived there a bit early for the river cruise. Around the area, there are some cottages where you can have a picnic with your family or friends before the cruise. There’s also restrooms for both male and female. The area which houses the information desk also has souvenir stuff displayed that one may buy. In the same area, you can also have your other things kept there while you’re on the cruise.
We had merienda that we bought from Baker’s Hill while waiting for us to be called by our boatman. It is important that you bring snacks with you and bottled water as well so that you won’t feel hungry during the cruise and firefly watching and while you’re on your way back.
After around half an hour of waiting, we were called by our boatman. We wore our life vests (which is mandatory for safety purposes) and they asked us if we want to wear the “salakot”.
While we were cruising the river, I had mixed emotions. I was happy and a bit scared at the same time. Hearing the sound made by the crickets while cruising the river at night would give you this eerie feeling. By the time I saw the fireflies, the eerie feeling was then replaced by sheer happiness because of its beauty.
At one point during our cruise, the boatman asked us to struck off the water and look on it. He told us that those are planktons. They give out light when there’s motion. There’s a scientific explanation here.
Firefly watching at Iwahig River is an activity that should not be missed. It’s a great escape from the urban jungle where you will get initimate with nature.
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