Watching Firefly in Kuala Selangor is a unique thing to do in Kuala Lumpur that suitable for everyone regardless their age level. Situated about 70km or one hours driving from Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Selangor Firefly Park has a reputation as the biggest Firefly colony in the world covering within 20- 25km along Selangor River.
Firefly in Kuala Selangor
The history watching Firefly in Kuala Selangor started in the early 1980s when a group of scientists hired local villages Mr Jamaluddin to assist them to do a researched. After the research, the scientists make a conclusion Kuala Selangor Firefly has the biggest Firefly colony in the world besides in Amazon forest. The huge number can be found along the Selangor Rivers, Kuala Selangor Firefly has three species Firefly known as Pteroptyx Tener, Pteroptyx Malaccae and Pteroptyx Valida. The biggest Firefly colony Pteroptyx Tener has an ability to sync the light together a similar pattern as a Christmas light. The view can very dramatic when few thousand Firefly was flashing the light simultaneously.
Marc Branham, a professor from University Florida, explain in this articles How and why do Fireflies light up.
Best Place Watching Firefly in Kuala Selangor
Currently, a tourist has three option to choose for watching Firefly in Kuala Selangor. All the Firefly Park located at Selangor Rivers.
1. Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park
Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park is the original places where the activity watching Firefly in Kuala Selangor started in the early 1980s when a group a scientist came to study about the Firefly. Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park fully managed by Kuala Selangor City Council. The sampan ( a small wooden boat without engine) will be used to bring a tourist to see a Firefly. If tourist looking a romantic and more to nature, Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park is the best choice for watching a Firefly. Some guy takes this opportunity to propose their girlfriend during the tour. Boat prices RM53.00 per-trip. The boat only can bring maximum 4 passenger. Tour duration 20 – 30 minutes
- Pros: The best option for a couple looking for the romantic moments while watching thousand of Firefly blinking simultaneously.
- Cons: Inconsistency tour duration during the weekend and public holiday. Queue system not proper organized create confusion among the local and foreign tourist.
2. Kampung Bukit Belimbing Firefly Park
Kampung Bukit Belimbing Firefly Park situated about 9km from the Kuala Selangor Town very popular among tourist operator from Kuala Lumpur because they have the ability to handle a huge number of tourist came with the coach. Here, they used a boat with battery power engine. Tourist needs to share with another ten passengers, no option for a private tour unless tourist willing to rent the whole boat. Kampung Bukit Belimbing Firefly Park also suitable for budget tourist because tourist can buy a ticket individually. Ticket prices RM16 per-person. Tour duration 20 – 30 minutes.
- Pros: Suitable for budgeted tourist.
- Cons: Inconsistency tour duration during the weekend and public holiday. Often the tour operator came with coach will be given a priority.
3. Pasir Penambang Firefly Jetty
Established in 2012, Pasir Penambang Firefly Jetty is fully managed by local entrepreneur Mr Johnson. The initial plan is to promote Eagle Feeding in Kuala Selangor, but he was also granted a permit to do Firefly tour. Pasir Penambang Firefly Jetty also popular among tour operator because the ability to handle a large group of tourist. Currently, the boat using Diesel power engine. Ticket prices RM18 per-person.
- Pros: Easy to find the Jetty suitable if tourist bring a group of family all can go together
- Cons: Smoke from Diesel Engine and inconsistent tour duration. No proper queue system, the priority given to the coach group.
Tips Watching Firefly in Kuala Selangor
Watching Firefly in Kuala Selangor only can be done at night around 7.30 – 8.00pm. Combination others activity will make you tour more productive, interesting, fun and educational especially for tourist traveling with Children.
1. Visiting Batu Caves
Batu Caves situated about 30 minutes driving from Kuala Lumpur a very popular a stopover before heading to Kuala Selangor. Time to spend in Batu Caves 45 – 1 hours. Entrance: Free
2. Visiting Bukit Malawati Kuala Selangor
Bukit Malawati Kuala Selangor well know for the battle within the Sultan Selangor with Dutch and British due to a Tin Industry. Today Bukit Malawati is more recognise for a Silverleaf Monkey. Its a perfect stopover in Kuala Selangor before watching Firefly. Time to spend 20 – 30 minutes.
3. Eagle Feeding in Kuala Selangor
Feeding Eagle in Kuala Selangor established in 2012 getting popular among the local and foreign tourist. The best time to do around 5.00 – 6.00pm.
Entrance Ticket: RM50 per-person.
4. Dinner at Selangor Riverbank
Highly recommended tourist to have a dinner at one of the Seafood Restaurant situated in Selangor Riverbank before watching the Firefly. The main reason because watching Firefly in Kuala Selangor activity end around 9.30pm, its a bit too late for tourist to had a dinner when reaching Kuala Lumpur. Besides Seafood, most of the restaurant in Kuala Selangor served Chicken base menu such Lemon Chicken and Dry Chilli Chicken.
If tourist not sure what to have to order, asks the driver to order a set Dinner for you.
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