Evening Fireflies Sighting
go on an escapade to the countryside coastal town
of Kuala Selangor with activities to appreciate nature…
“They appear and immediately capture all attention,
lighting up the darkness, brightening up the night,
moved vivid ancient dances,
Unconsciously enchanting, small and majestic,
naive and strong, like the fireflies.”
Overview of the Evening Fireflies Sighting
Mystical Fireflies is an evening tour program to the countryside coastal town of Kuala Selangor. A first stop to visit Batu Cave Hindu Temple. The drive then continues for about an hour to the countryside small town of Kuala Selangor nestled by the shoreline of the Selangor state.
Get to know a unique species of ‘Silvered Leaf’ monkeys the permanent resident here in Bukit Melawati while overlooking the sundown across the horizon of the famous Malacca Straits sea. Try out a local Chinese seafood dinner by the river restaurant & finally onboard a boat to witness the mystical ‘Fireflies’ or lightning bugs.
The Best Way to watch fireflies
The best way to watch fireflies in Kuala Selangor is to take a guided tour to the Kuala Selangor. The activities typically involve a boat ride along the Selangor River to see the fireflies. Depending on your tour package, the tour guide will bring you to one of the firefly boat jetties. The Kuala Selangor boat ride will bring you to firefly park, away from light pollution, where visitors can see thousands of fireflies illuminating. Joining a tour ensures a convenient and safe experience, with the added benefit of a knowledgeable guide who can provide information about the fireflies.
the Fireflies or Lightning Beetle/Bug
‘Kelip-Kelip’ is the name called by the local Malay or Fireflies- one of the beetle family and here in Kuala Selangor specifically are from ‘Pteroptyx tener’ species. Kuala Selangor firefly colony, in particular, may be one of the most significant firefly colonies in the world.
The life cycle of the firefly “Pteroptyx tener “begins with eggs that adult females lay in crevices or loose soil on the ground in the tidal flood plains of the river. A tiny larva hatches from each egg. Resembling small centipedes that only have three pairs of legs. The newly hatched larva is only about 2mm in length. Whitish and translucent in the early stage gradually became darker as they consume food and grow. This larva can also produce light however they do not flash continuously, instead it turns on and off at will.
The larva feed on small snails that abundantly occur in their habitat. The most common species found along the riverbank here is ‘Cyclotropis carinata’. Relatively small in size about 7mm. The larva will become active at night, upon discovering a snail, the larva will pursue it and pierce the snail’s soft skin with its sharp jaws, injecting a toxin into its prey. the larva then sucks out the liquified tissues of the snails.
After approximately two weeks, the larva undergoes a molting process in which it sheds its skin for a larger one to enable it to grow. The larva will dig a mud hole and curl up inside it, reappearing only after it has molted and when its new skin has sufficiently hardened. The larva will undergo this process several times before the final time to pupate.
During this stage of dormant or inactive, it undergoes a morphological and physiological transformation into an adult firefly, which eventually emerges from the pupal case in the ground and takes to flight. The lifespan of a firefly is not known with certainty, adults may only live a few weeks, but the complete lifecycle of a firefly is thought to be around 7 to 8 months.
Embark on a magical journey to the coastal town of Kuala Selangor with our Mystical Fireflies evening tour program. The adventure begins with a visit to the Batu Cave Hindu Temple, a famous landmark in Malaysia. Afterward, we take a scenic one-hour drive to the charming countryside town of Kuala Selangor, located by the shoreline of the Selangor state.
Explore the town’s natural beauty and unique wildlife, including the ‘Silvered Leaf’ monkeys that are permanent residents of Bukit Melawati. Take in the stunning sunset views over the famous Malacca Straits sea from atop the hill.
Enjoy a delicious local Chinese seafood dinner at a riverside restaurant before embarking on an unforgettable boat ride to witness the mystical ‘Fireflies’ or lightning bugs. As the night falls, watch in wonder as thousands of fireflies illuminate the surrounding trees, creating a truly magical and enchanting atmosphere.
- Transportation charges (fuel, tolls, parking fees)
- Set local dinner
- Boat fees
- Bottled drinking water
- Personal expenses
- Alcoholic beverages
- Travel insurances
We provide pickup and drop-off points at customer Hotels, Airbnb, or private residents.
To facilitate a seamless pickup process, please wait at a location that is easily visible to our driver, such as the main entrance, at least five minutes before the scheduled pickup time. Please note that due to hotel policies, we may be unable to wait and locate you if you remain in the hotel room. Please provide us with your most current mobile number to ensure efficient communication.
Drop off Point
Essential things to bring
- Umbrella/Rain Jacket
- Bugs Repellent
- Some cash for personal expenses
Payment & Refund
- Pay a 50% deposit or full by Credit Card or Pay Pal
- For deposit payment, the remaining balance will be paid in cash on the tour day. We prefer local Malaysian Ringgit currency.
- Full payment in cash on the tour can be arranged. Only apply for a booking made less than 10 hours before the tour start.
- Deposits and payments are fully refundable in the event customer change their mind.
- To receive a full refund, a minimum of 12 hours notice of cancellation prior to the tour’s scheduled start time is required.
- No refund for unused service.