Iwahig Firefly Watching
A recipient of the Gold Pata Award for tourism, Iwahig Firefly Watching is an experience for tourists who want to witness the fascinating colonies of fireflies lighting up the banks of Iwahig River at night.
Palawan has a myriad of natural spots that are ready to impress and leave a mark — one of these spots include Iwahig River, home to the fireflies that transform the riverbanks into an enchanting vista during the night. The presence of fireflies in the area only implies one thing — Iwahig River has maintained a healthy river ecosystem that is unpolluted and well-maintained. Often resembling scattered stars in the pitch black sky, these little fireflies will leave you in awe as they move from one spot to the next — a spectacle you no longer see in cities.
This attraction is located in Brgy Iwahig, Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
Opening Days and Hours
Opens daily from 18:00 onwards.
Entry Fee and Bookings
PhP 600 (USD 12) per boat, good for 3 people.
How to Get There
- Fly from Manila to Puerto Princesa via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines.
- Rent a van to Brgy Iwahig.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
The boat ride can last between 30 to 40 minutes.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to avail of this experience is between January and March. These months are the best time to go firefly watching since the weather isn’t too warm and too cold.
Nearby restaurants include KaLui Restaurant, Badjao Seafront Restaurant, La Terrasse, Kinabuchs Grill, Captain Ribs, and Painted Table.
- Honda Bay
- Ugong Rock
- Puerto Princesa Subterranean River
- Nagtabon Beach
Whether you’re looking for budget hotels, or for expensive ones, Puerto Princesa has always something to offer. Hotel options include Go Hotels, The Legend Palawan, Acacia Tree Garden Hotel, Hotel Fleuris Palawan, and Munting Paraiso. Rates range from USD 30 to USD 120.