Tuesday, April 16, 2013

My firefly experience @ Kelip-kelip Kampung Kuantan

  • Black and white striped top - Honeymoon (dataran pahlawan)
  • Green jeggings  - Ku Zi (dataran pahlawan)
  • Floral creepers - Adore to Style
  • Gold mustache necklace - a gift from a friend
  • Skull wristband - Onli Style (dataran pahlawan)
  • Watch - Quartz
  • Neon green glow in the dark sunglasses - no idea where its from

So, I attended my church camp at De Palma Inn Resort, Kuala Selangor on the 13th-15th of April. The highlight of this camp was definitely being able to see the fireflies at 'Kelip-Kelip Kampung Kuantan'.


Some few things everyone should know about:

  1. 1 sampan is for 4 people, costs RM50. (but if you're a local, you might be able to squeeze in 5 people with a bit of persuading *winks*, of course need to pay a little bit extra lah okay)
  2. Boats are also provided but its more expensive, I personally recommend taking the sampan, its way more exciting and makes the whole experience better.
  3. Wear long sleeves and long pants. Tons of mosquitoes there. I wore long sleeve and long pants still got bitten -.-
  4. Don't try anything funny when in the sampan. Life jackets are provided, but still, just, don't.
  5. DON'T catch any fireflies and bring them home, nor kill them, or do anything to them. Not only will you be fined a sum of RM1000, but you will also be destroying one of nature's best.

A whole bunch of us went there around 7.30pm just when its getting dark. I don't know about the rest but I was super excited. When it got dark enough, we started getting on the sampans at the dock.

It was kind of scary at first because it was really really really dark and it feels like we were sailing off into the darkness because there are no lights around the area. But after I got used to it, it was okay.

If you're like me, and you have this magical fantasy that millions of fireflies are gonna fly around you while you are in your boat, then sorry, but it's not like that. Turns out, they all just stick to their trees, but this still won't disappoint you, trust me.

I am always attracted to pretty lights, and let me tell you, it is so so so incredibly pretty, it's like there are dozens of Christmas trees around you. With all the fireflies blinking, it's just a really beautiful sight. 

From far, it looks like they are blinking simultaneously  but when you get closer, you will realize some blink about 3 times per second, those are the males, and those who blink one time per second are the females.

At one point, our boatman brought us really close to one of the trees and caught one, dampen its wings a little so that it can't fly off, and place it on my hand. (This does not harm the fireflies, but do not do this yourself) That tiny little bug just went on blinking and crawling all over my hand, probably cursing whoever that made its wings wet. lol. But after awhile, its wings dried and it was able to fly off again.

Its kind of impossible to take pictures of them because its just too dark to take non blurry photos without flash, and if you take with flash you can't see the fireflies blinking. So we just sat back and enjoyed the ride.

The boat ride lasted about 15-20 minutes. For me, it was too short. I could have continued staring at them fireflies for hours.

 If you really want to be able to see millions of fireflies, the season to visit is on the 1st-18th of the Chinese calendar. Saturdays and Sundays are always busy be it a holiday or not, so you might want to go on a weekday if possible.

Overall, it was a really amazing experience!

Oh yeah, since it's impossible to catch any firefly home or take a picture, I bought this from their souvenir shop. It glows in the dark just like a real firefly!

A bunch of us bought it, and then one of them asked the shop owner if they could sell it at a cheaper price (it is RM5 for one). Then she said, RM15 for 3.

At first, I was like...'What!? Now only you say!? We all bought separately already leh!"

Then...after thinking for awhile, I realized, 1 = RM5, so 3 = RM15 -.-

Lol. This is why I don't take maths. haha.

Till then :)


  1. Great post! how good if I can see the firefly's pictures, should pay a visit there X)

    1. Thank you so much! ^^ yes do pay a visit there if you can! It's really worth it ^^