Cruising with Fireflies at Iwahig River | Things to do in Puerto Princesa City-Palawan

Iwahig River Cruise and Firefly Watching - Philippines - Explora
Local sightseeing
Nature escapes
Earliest availability: March 23, 2019
Palawan Puerto Princesa City {{ | number }}

Up to 4 hours


Pickup at hotel

English / Tagalog

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Light up your evening with a spectacle of fireflies at Puerto Princesa's Bay Cruise! Then, go back to a delicious dinner already prepared for you. Here in Explora, our partner travel and tours are screened to deliver the top services we can find in the Philippines. Secure your slots in advance for these can soon become fully-booked!


  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (downtown Puerto Princesa only)
  • Transport by air-conditioned van
  • Boat transfers 
  • Dinner

Terms and conditions

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Infants aged 2 years and under travel free of charge, providing they do not occupy a seat.
  • A transfer surcharge of ₱ 4000 may apply if your hotel is located more than 15 kilometers from the airport.
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • The operator shall contact you or your hotel about the exact pick up time for the tour. Pick up time shall be approximate and will depend on local traffic conditions.


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06:30 PM
The tour is done at night as the glow of the fireflies emit can better be seen during this time.

A tour coordinator will pick you up from your hotel at around 6 p.m. Be sure to be in your lobby 15 minutes before your pickup schedule. Your hotel's reception will be informed of your exact pickup time on the day of your tour.

Once all the remaining guests in your tour group have been picked up,
you'll proceed to the jump-off point for the cruise. The travel time is about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the traffic condition. Your tour coordinator will assist you in registering for the cruise. If boats are readily available to accommodate your tour group, you will then proceed to having your cruise on the river; this lasts about an hour.

The boatman who will paddle for you during the length of the cruise are village locals and will also serve as your tour guide. He will provide you information about the fireflies and will bring you to their resting place, so you can marvel at them.

Once the cruise is over, your dinner will be waiting for you in a local
restaurant. They serve sumptuous Filipino meals that you will enjoy. After everyone is done with their meals, you will then head back to your hotel for drop-off around 10 p.m. 

Nearby attractions

Starfish Island
7.50 km away

Starfish Island was named so because of the abundance of the sea critter in the area. Travelers are not prohibited from picking up the starfish, but they are still encouraged to handle these creatures with care. Although the island's waters are clear enough to offer a view of the thriving marine life, it's advisable to bring snorkelling gear when visiting Starfish Island to fully appreciate its colorful underwater community composed of parrotfish, rabbitfish, and yellow tail fusilier, among others. Cottages are available for rent for P50.

San Carlos Floating Restaurant
10.03 km away

The San Carlos Floating Restaurant started out as a livelihood project for the locals of Sitio San Carlo as suggested by the late Gerry Ortega, a renowned Filipino journalist and environmental activist. The cruise journeys through the surrounding mangrove forest until it reaches the mouth of Honda Bay. The whole trip lasts 3 hours and costs P500 per head inclusive of freshly prepared meals such as grilled meat, clam soup, native vegetables, and a live performance whenever available.

Bacungan Mangrove River Cruise
10.08 km away

A trip to the San Carlos Floating Restaurant offers a unique chance to explore the wonders of a mangrove ecosystem. This mangrove ecotourism initiative with a floating restaurant and boardwalk capitalizes on the beauty of the pristine mangrove forest of Bacungan River in Sitio San Carlos, Barangay Bacungan. The tour includes a welcome entertainment performed by the youth, native delicacies prepared by the women members are served to the tourists while listening to a performance of a string band playing island music who are members of the community-based Bacungan Coastal Development Resources Association that manages the site.

Where to stay

Atremaru Jungle Retreat
Hotels and homes
13.52 km away

Atremaru provides a comfortable stay in Palawan's lush tropical rain forest where the energy and oxygen flows from nature offering a peaceful retreat in our daily din lives.

The resort is a 25 hectare nature estate that overlooks the picturesque Ulugan Bay, known for its stunning sunsets, beautiful views and surrounded by the magical sounds of birds and small wildlife.

We offer a guest experience in our 12 uniquely designed spacious accommodation, divided in 3 types: suites, chalets and grande chalets. All have fantastic views across the forest and Ulugan Bay and South China Sea.

Atremaru offers the best of all: exclusivity, privacy and tranquility, a world class spa, refined theme cuisine, a covered swimming pool, children play area, tailored tours, organic products, pure facilities and outstanding genuine service. 

Free wifi is available in all acommodation and public areas. Our guests are kindly requested to refrain from smoking, except at the open bar where smoking is allowed.

Getting there and around


Things to do nearby

Firefly-Watching at Puerto Princesa Bay
Local sightseeing
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Light up your evening with a spectacle of fireflies at Puerto Princesa's Bay Cruise! Then, go back to a delicious dinner already prepared for you. Here in Explora, our partner travel and tours are screened to deliver the top services we can find in the Philippines. Secure your slots in advance for these can soon become fully-booked!

Live the #IslandLife at Honda Bay
Island hopping
11.20 km away

Hit the beach in style with this whole day tour of the islands and reefs of Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa. With its rich marine biodiversity, Hunda Bay is touted as the Philippines' Last Frontier. On this activity, you'll get to bask under the tropical sun, listen to the calming waves of the sea and get to meet different people in your tour group. 

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