I once read that effective blogging is writing your experience while it is fresh and having a journal to write down the details is helpful. So did I follow it? Let's just say I just read it recently. :)
Dock area - I am real bad at low light
Last August when we visit Puerto Princesa, I did not missed the chance to experience the now famous Iwahig Firefly Tour. The experience was just amazing that I couldn't just remember the details now. So I just did a bullet points of what I can remember :)
- The tour cost us Php800 per pax - Transpo, boat and entrance fee
- It was 45min drive from the city but our driver was just crazy did it with 20mins
- The docking station is a century old Balete tree
- The boat can only hold a max of 3 persons + 1 guide, it is mandatory to wear your life vest
- The ride is more than 3km (back and forth)
- River is made up of brackish water - my favorite learning - a mixture of fresh and salt water
- Be prepared for total darkness while cruising the boat. Imagine Lake Placid? And I also asked if there are crocodiles, tour guide says he wouldn't be there if one has ever been seen.
- It is best to go on a not full moon, because the moonlit interferes with the light of the fireflies
- Fireflies are bioluminescence - their abdomen light when they breath and it is their way to attract a mate.
- Why do they light? Because of the chemical reaction in their bodies, our tour guide gave me the combination of formula but I couldn't remember a thing he said.
- Fireflies are natural indicators of a healthy environment
- They are sensitive with red light
- Fireflies are choosy when it comes to mangroves, they only like a particular specie of mangroves called Nilad. Tour guide says Manila was once full of Nilad mangroves, that is why it was named Maynilad. - Imagine that?
- Our tour guide, which I also forgot the name, is a volunteer residence from Iwahig. He was really good at giving information and explaining things. His parents are employees in the Iwahig Penal Colony
- Iwahig Penal Colony is the Alcatraz of the Philippines, but the prisoners are free to roam around.
- Planktons can also be seen in the river and they lit too, but we were not able to see it because of the rainy weather.
Yey! I still remember things but next time I want to practice having a travel journal to be more accurate and specific. You see, traveling is one of the best way to learn!
Definitely not a firefly, saw this injured Dragonfly at the inn