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Fireflies Tour in Cherating provided by Cherating Fire Fly

Fireflies Tour in Cherating

Fireflies Tour in Cherating
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Duration:
50–60 minutes
Group size:
60
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    50–60 minutes
  • Group size:
    60
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
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  • Duration: 50-60 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
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  • Duration: 50-60 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Entrance ticket and lifejacket
Exclusions
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Duration
50–60 minutes
Departure details
  • Jalan Kampung Cherating Lama, Kampung Cherating, 26080 Balok, Pahang, Malaysia Take the road of cherating beach and you will found our big bord of cherating fire fly and the parking of our place.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travellers
Inclusions
  • Entrance ticket and lifejacket
Exclusions
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Departure details
  • Jalan Kampung Cherating Lama, Kampung Cherating, 26080 Balok, Pahang, Malaysia Take the road of cherating beach and you will found our big bord of cherating fire fly and the parking of our place.
Duration
50–60 minutes
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Jalan Kampung Cherating Lama
    Jalan Kampung Cherating Lama, Kampung Cherating, 26080 Balok, Pahang, Malaysia
    Take the road of cherating beach and you will found our big bord of cherating fire fly and the parking of our place.
    See address & details
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    Cherating River
    Stop: 20 minutes
    Before embarking on the boat, you will have a briefing about fireflies and our safety measures. You will then take the river cruise at about 8pm, when it's pretty dark. You will travel down the river and the leader will shine his torch towards the trees and with that 100's of fireflies will slowly fly towards the boat. The leader will also share with you all about the behavior of fireflies, watching the little lights glide across the water to the boat is almost mystical. Join this tour and have a wonderful night with your family and kids!
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Dr Shawn Paul
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia63 contributions
Aug 2020
We booked through whatsapp via their number in Facebook. It was RM45 per person

The waiting area was well lit up, air conditioned, alot of parking available and toilets.

Hafiz gave us a 20 minute intro to fireflies, how the male and females light up differently. He is a very charismatic person!

Then we got into the boats, very well maintained boats, life jackets and boarding platform.

Don't worry if you arent in the same boat as Hafiz, as he will call the fireflies to every boat! We managed to get a few fireflies to land on our fingers and it was truly a magical feeling when he calls them towards the boat.

Even though it was dark, we felt very safe during the entire tour, so do book it without hesitation!
Written 3 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Vickie S
19 contributions
We did the tour with our 4 year old daughter. We all had an amazing time. Hafiz was a fantastic guide. He was able to call the fireflies over to the boat using his specially designed torch and by calling to them. It was amazing. We have seen the fireflies in Kuala Selangor and, although there were more to be seen in the trees there, they didn’t fly around the boats like Hafiz made these ones do. It was amazing seeing them suddenly all fly out of the trees towards our boat. Hafiz was so good with our daughter too and allowed her to see the fireflies closeup. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Cherating. We are doing 2 other tours now with Hafiz.
Written 19 July 2020
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ymt888
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia1,875 contributions
Mar 2019
I have been to see fireflies i Kuala Selangor and didn't really think much about joining this tour since I thought that I do already know what there is to expect. But I must say that it was a wonderful experience that is not to be missed.Before the tour starts, we were put into a briefing room where Mr Hafiz explained about fireflies and he told us that he could summon the fireflies to him with a special technique. I was totally amazed when he actually did so. He seemed to have done a lot of research on fireflies and his tour is really enchanting. Absolutely Worth the time and money!
Written 11 February 2020
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CheratingFireFly
Thanks for your kind words about our Guide Mr Hafiz, who did a lot of research to share his passion to nature lovers... Glad you enjoyed it much ! do not miss our Mangrove Tour day Time to see the beauty of our fauna and flora.
Written 9 July 2020
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Sally K
2 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Me and my friends booked the Firefly tour yesterday. Thanks Irman, a friendly staff from Club Med Cherating who arranged the tour for us. Overall, the tour is still worth a visit for first timer to experience the magical night. But, I was so disappointed to see the organizer who did not put his mask on during the briefing session. A sensitive time like this with the covid19 cases is piling up, everybody should play their part, protect themself and the ppl around! So, Pls put your mask on!
Written 27 September 2020
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T Wong
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia78 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
It was fantastic out on the boats to see the fireflies. Mr. Hafiz is very knowledgeable and provides a lot of information about the fireflies themselves, including the chemical that causes them to light up! You will get up close and personal to the fireflies and it is very tranquil out on the river at night seeing the stars as well. I would highly recommend doing this tour while you are in Cherating.
Written 8 July 2020
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CheratingFireFly
Thanks Tasha for your kind review ! We are very happy that you enjoyed our firefly tour ! do not hesitate to join our Ceclo Boat tour during day time, it's our new electric boat, very quiet and peacefull way to discover the beauty of mangrove fauna and flora.
Written 9 July 2020
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Samantha C
7 contributions
Feb 2018 • Family
I was on the firefly watching tour two weeks ago, I hope they will stop this practice of luring fireflies from their safe habitat to boats just so tourists can touch or catch them, I believe this is directly causing the decrease in numbers of fireflies in the wild. They fly across the river when they saw the signal and by the time they realised its not another fireflies waiting to mate, and wanting to fly back they are exhausted and fell into river eaten by fish. If you are planning on going to this tour and care about the wild, share your opinion with the owner. I'm sure we can still watch them from far.. As a business, I'm sure they will want to preserve this natural wonder too so that they can continue this tourism business for longer period of time, please respect the fireflies spaces and right to live. Thank you.
Written 1 March 2018
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Dear Samantha, Thanks for your comment taken into consideration. The tour we offer are first for educational reason, we are trying to sensitize people about the mangrove and the risk of deforestation and its devastating effects on our nature. If no more forests and mangroves, fireflies will disappear, so we are trying our best to share with our visitors. As you probably noticed during our briefing, we also request our guest not to touch or catch our friendly fireflies but we cannot act like police during the tour.. so everyone should act responsibly. Hope to welcome you again, and thanks for your visit. Your Cherating Fire Fly's Team
Written 16 April 2018
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PappanMajumdar
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia260 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
The company name is Hafiz Activities Cherating. And yes, it is owned by a very interesting gentleman Hafiz. It's his show. It's his magic and its wonderful. Everything about this tour is flawless and worthwhile.

Firstly, its night time. Secondly, you go on boats in stark darkness. And finally, you get the most magical experience of seeing thousands of fireflies and Hafiz with his special technique makes the fireflies come towards you from their home in the mangrove trees. All these things make this really unique and worthwhile.

A little bit about Hafiz. He will first enter at the orientation hall like a Bollywood hero. And then he will give a fascinating short briefing on the tour with aggressive hand movements and funny stories. So, very interesting. Then he will take you for the tour. Yes, he not only comes for the tour, but actually operates 1 out of the 4 boats. And then he does magic. He has few torch lights (if I remember correctly 4) which emit different kinds of light. The light will appear red. But as per Hafiz it is not red. Also, these are made by Hafiz himself as in from his own experience he has made these lights which emit a kind of light and in that intensity which creates magic. And the magic is this. You are sitting in stark darkness in the boat in the mangrove river and you can see the fireflies all around on the mangrove trees. But they are sitting in the trees. All the boats are still and quiet (engines shut off). And then Hafiz takes out his magic torches and starts flashing them in a particular fashion and my god, like magic, the fireflies start going towards him and therefore will come all over the boats. Some may even sit on you. Some you can just gently cusp in your hands and see them emitting their chemically reacting lights. Wow, simply breathtaking. And Hafiz is the magician. Not only that he does the tour in flawless and effective manner. The arrangements are top class. The briefing, the jetty, the boats, everything is so well organized. Truly worth every penny you spend.

Few observations/tips:

- On google maps, you will find the place as Hafiz activities. Easy to find the place though Waze or Google Maps. Also, Cherating is a small place so wont be more than 5-15 minutes from wherever you are staying.
- The tour starts at sharp 7.30 pm. You are advised to reach at 7.15 pm and you can spend some time at the briefing/waiting hall and go through all the valuable information on fireflies and mangrove.
- There is enough parking space for cars, buses. So, not need to fret on that.
- There is a air conditioned waiting / briefing hall. This has information all over on the walls on mangroves and fireflies. Very valuable information about how fragile our ecosystem is and how we should be responsible global citizens in protecting nature.
- Hafiz does a 5 minutes briefing at 7.30 pm sharp. Please listen to him carefully.
- Post briefing you are given your life vests and then taken to the jetty. Then they call out each group by name and tell you to proceed to the jetty which is a very nicely organized jetty made of floating boxes with 4 slots which has 4 boats. Each boat can seat around 30 people. There are 10-12 rows of 3 seats in a row.
- Each boat is handled by a person who sits behind. Hafiz is the commander of a particular boat. Don't feel bad if you are not on his boat. Doesn't make a difference as everybody gets to experience the fireflies.
- Then the boat move briskly in the dark. And hats off to the pilots who command the boats. In all the darkness, the 4 boats will go next to each other. But, not even once will they touch each other. The hallmark of a well orchestrated show.
- Hafiz will ensure that each boat gets to experience the fireflies properly. By turn.
- You will get to experience the fireflies coming to you at least 4-5 times. So, just sit back and enjoy each one. You cannot get enough.
- For God's sake please don't grasp the fireflies or hurt them in any ways. Be very careful when you hold them in your hands. Please don't hurt them. They are too beautiful to be hurt.
- For God's sake please forget your cellphones and enjoy the spectacle with your eyes for once. Anyways, Hafiz makes it very clear not to use the phones to click pictures and everybody obeys. The situation is such that you will not feel like taking out your phones.
- The office area also has a cafe which has basic stuff like cold drinks, water, etc. Also, few local merchandise which is nothing special.
- The tour takes 1 hour exactly. So, by 8.30 pm you are back.
- You don't need to be worried about mosquitoes. At the beginning we saw lot of people applying mosquito repellents. But, trust me they are not required. Because when you are on the mangrove river in the dark, there are no mosquitoes.
- The boats go under a low level bridge which is also quite amusing. You are sitting and the bridge just goes very near your head. You can touch with your hands! Please don't stand up because you will get big time hit by the low level road bridge going above the river.
- We booked through Trip Advisor and through their company, Viator. For 4 of us, it costed RM 250. So, it is RM 62.5 each. Am sure you can book directly with Hafiz also but have no idea what the price is. Will be a good idea to check and see which one is cheaper.
- We booked in advance. But, the phone number given by TA/Viator of Hafiz Activities on the voucher is WRONG!! TA/Viator please make a note of this. So, I got the right number from Google.

That's it. Have nothing more to say except that YOU MUST EXPERIENCE THIS!!!
Written 17 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Roxanne
1 contribution
Nov 2019 • Couples
Hafiz’s Cherating Activities knowingly rents out damaged kayaks. Our kayak suddenly took on water and sank in the mangrove river. We floated in the river for about 500 meters before finding a place to land and get help. Hafiz admitted that he was Previously aware that the kayak was not water worthy and has refused to compensate us for our losses. Hafiz also advised us that his business is under insured. His blatant disregard for the safety of his customers is alarming and likely to extend to his fleet of firefly tour boats. Please exercise extreme caution if considering going on a tour or renting equipment.
Written 9 November 2019
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CheratingFireFly
Dear Roxanne, Thank you for your message, I will reply same as I did yesterday to your husband. We refuse to fall into the threat and ask you to stop continuing to smear our reputation. Your have asked for 3400 MYR=800USD or you would write bad comments to break our business. We refuse any financial blackmail. You told us that if within 24 hours you didn’t have that amount you would undermine our online reputation and call all the hotels, which you did. For your information our Public Liability Insurance is in good standing and up to date but does not cover material losses. (camera, telephone or wall. We dont accept any financial blackmail, our reputation is already solid thanks to excellent Customer feedbacks. Angel Customer Service
Written 11 November 2019
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Lim Yang Kwang
Penang, Malaysia125 contributions
We went under Hafiz’s Cherating Activities. Hafiz himself was a passionate firefly researcher, he has his own ways to communicate with the fireflies via light and sound. The fireflies will fly towards your boat and you’ll be instantly touched by the beauty of it, when a swarm of blinking lights are flying towards you and land on your palms. This is definitely a tour worth making!

Note: no use of cameras, phones are allowed during the tour as it will disturb the habitat of fireflies.

Hafiz’s Cherating Activities
017-978 9256 / 017-940 6898
Written 6 February 2018
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lunarJade
Ipoh, Malaysia707 contributions
Aug 2020
Sungai Cherating is special in that the fireflies here are of the Pteroptyx bearni species, which are congregating non-synchronous fireflies. This is unlike the congregating fireflies of Sungai Selangor that belong to the synchronous Pteroptyx tener variety and flash in unison. Fireflies emit light to communicate with one another.

We elected to go for the 8:40 p.m. tour, instead of the earlier session of 7:30 p.m, just to make sure it would be pitch dark. After journeying a distance upriver, our guide, Hafiz, instructed his team (using a series of whistles) to manoeuvre the boats such that the boats were all close together, reminding all visitors to keep their hands within the boat for safety. Hafiz started by giving a briefing to all visitors on the river. He shared knowledge about the fireflies and their live cycle, adding in some stories about his experiences and observation. Malaysia is blessed to have fireflies in a number of our river systems throughout the country; and also solitary fireflies that reside in our jungles. Firefly populations are declining worldwide due to light pollution, destruction of habitat, the use of pesticides and herbicides, and river pollution.

As we travelled further upriver, we saw blinking lights low on the mangrove trees ... the fireflies!! It was an amazing show by mother nature.

Hafiz flashed a dim red light to call the fireflies to fly towards the boats. It was surreal to watch the fireflies take off and fly towards us, twinkling above the water. Some would even come to rest on us before flitting away. Truly breathtaking! We were simply awestruck by Hafiz's ability to communicate with the fireflies. Over about an hour, he prompted the fireflies for this 'performance' quite many times.

No doubt it was a magical experience beyond imagination. However, this practice would undeniably affect the fireflies negatively. 'Calling the fireflies' to fly towards the boats would mean interfering with the fireflies' communication and cause the fireflies to exert energy to fly. It is concerning knowing that an adult firefly's main focus is to find a mate and reproduce; not forgetting also that the firefly's stage of life as an adult beetle is a very short time span of between a few days to a week only.

This ability and practice allows Hafiz to differentiate himself from other firefly tours and to make it an unforgettable experience for visitors. However, we could have done without repeated performances of this. Already communicated to Hafiz so we can only hope he will make changes for the better to make his firefly tours more ethical. Ecotourism can be a way to generate sustainable financing for protecting nature and incomes for local businesses and households.

We noticed some visitors whipping out their phones to take pictures or videos, although we were expressly prohibited from taking any. The light emitted from devices such as mobile phones and camera screens have a detrimental effect on the firefly population. It would be good for Hafiz and his team to remind the visitors even whilst on the river, including appreciating by observation but not touching the fireflies. No issue with mosquitoes, all the better as we did not apply any insect repellent just in case it may harm the fireflies. We very much enjoyed the quietness and stillness of the night (if you ignore the boat engine sounds and fumes) surrounded by the wondrous fireflies!
Written 27 August 2020
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malaysianconnie
malaysianconnie
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Cherating Fire Fly whisperer
We booked a nite fire fly tour with Hafiz and was pleasantly suprised by his ability to call the fireflies to come
lunarJade
lunarJade
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Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife
Cherating is not all about the beach. We went for a 1 1/2-hour mangrove river cruise with Hafiz's Cherating Activit
MikeSealey
MikeSealey
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Magical experience
A truly magical experience. The guide found so many fireflies along the river. Peaceful and tranquil.
Scooter2319
Scooter2319
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DANGEROUS AND UNINSURED BUSINESS
My wife and I rented a kayak from Hafiz and after one hour of paddling, the kayak took in water and the kayak sank.
Carfield
Carfield
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Very good experience
For family who lives in the city and can't see the fire flies. This is indeed a must go tour. Along the mangrove ri
Jamescmurray
Jamescmurray
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A magical experience
We did both the firefly and the turtle tour which were both excellent. The fireflies began with an introduction fro
clare2901
clare2901
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Wonderful trip
This was a wonderful trip. Hazif is clearly very passionate about the fireflies and their conservation, it was unbe
Mokciknab
Mokciknab
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Magical Experience
We take a boat into the dark recesses of the mangrove forest, and once we leave civilization and light pollution be
JulianneH43
JulianneH43
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A great experience
Highly recommend it was fantastic to hear the guide who by the use of torches gets them to fly to the boat.
Bernard C
Bernard C
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Magical
Being surrounded by firefly called on demand by the tour in the middle of a very dark night on a boat is surreal. N
Sineadceinwen
Sineadceinwen
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Magical
We loved seeing all the fireflies! It really was magical and exciting. They could make this tour better by actually
JasLeeSH
JasLeeSH
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Romantic experience
We joined Hafiz’s Cherating fire fly tour to c this amazing fire fly. The tour is very well organize n informative
Scott M
Scott M
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Very enjoyable
A great couples experience. A brief talk before the boat ride to explain what we are going to see and to raise awar
Michelle K
Michelle K
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A Must-Do Amazing Experience
The Cherating Firefly experience started with a briefing given by Mr Hafiz himself. He explained to us the things h
Taajo_cz
Taajo_cz
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Nice tour to see fireflies but not magical
We were prepared to see other tourists and share the trip with other boats, so we enjoyed anyway this trip and we s
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