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. 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.
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. You can see high concentrations of glowing fireflies here whether on the trees, above the water, or in the air.
The Weston Wetland Park is located about 120 kilometres south of Kota Kinabalu. At sunset, fireflies light up the river creating a magical scene. 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.
The Kuching Wetlands National Park is one of the seven Ramsar sites (wetlands of international importance) in Malaysia. To see fireflies here, you'll have to go on a three-hour wildlife cruise and experience all that the park has to offer. While cruising on the mangrove-lined river, you can spot unique wildlife such as prosboscis monkeys, Irrawaddy dolphins, otters, and many more. As the sun sets, the peaceful river transforms into a light show thanks to thousands of fireflies.
The firefly tour at Nibong Tebal, Penang takes place on the Kerian River on mainland Peninsular. There are as many as four different species of fireflies here, being mainly of the synchronised glowing variety. The river cruise takes you through the river just before dark so you can spot floating fish farms and even catch the sunset visible above the river.
Fireflies are a crucial part of our ecosystem and habitats like the Cherating River provide a place where you can appreciate the beauty of these creatures. By visiting the fireflies in Cherating and around Malaysia, you'll get to learn more about them have the chance to support their conservation.
If you're on holiday in Malaysia, Cherating makes a great choice no matter your preference. And at Club Med, we provide all-inclusive stay packages for a hassle-free holiday experience which includes dining and numerous activities. Plus, we're just a short distance away from exciting attractions like the Cherating River firefly cruise. Book a stay with us today!