Cherating is Malaysia's best-known beach destination on the East Coast. Besides having a beautiful beach, it's also home the Cherating River and its wonderful firefly population. Here, you can go on a Cherating firefly river cruise where you'll see the fireflies blink like stars in the sky and even have some fly up close to your boat.
You'll also get to learn all about the local fireflies (Pteroptyx bearni) which flash unsynchronised to each other, giving you a magical experience up close that’ll change your perspective of the natural world in new and exciting ways.
Besides the Cherating firefly cruise at night, there's also a daytime mangrove river cruise where you can discover the flora and fauna of the Cherating river.
Kuala Selangor is among the most well known firefly-watching spots in Malaysia besides Cherating. There are several firefly river tours in the area which utilise a number of boats from small boats accommodating a maximum of four people to large boats suitable for up to 40 people. Kuala Selangor's fireflies are of the Pteroptyx tener variety which flash in synchrony, making for a unique experience for nature lovers who thrive from journeying off the beaten path.
Kampung Dew in Taiping, Perak has one of the largest firefly habitats in Malaysia. Located on the Sepetang River, this spot is located a short distance upriver from another firefly-watching tourist destination: Kuala Sepetang. Here, you can see high concentrations of glowing fireflies here whether on the trees, above the water, or in the air. Surround yourself with these amazing creatures and feel yourself light up, energised and stimulated by their beauty.
The Weston Wetland Park is located about 120 kilometres south of Kota Kinabalu. At sunset, fireflies light up the river creating a magical scene that’ll be sure to captivate you and leave you breathless, yearning for more soul-catching moments in life.
As you glide down the river, expect your tour guide to lure the glowing bugs with some expert torchlight flashing. Besides being the largest firefly park in Sabah, Weston is also home to various wildlife including crocodiles and proboscis monkeys.