There can be no greater experience for the avid nature lover than viewing the firflies that breed and live on the fringes of the Selangor River in Malaysia – and the best place to view their nightly fireworks show is at Kuala Selangor in Malaysia.
The tiny coastal village of Kuala Selangor is home to some of the best guided river tours in the country and the attractions of the fireflies (called Kelip Kelip in Malaysia) are responsible for much of the tourist traffic in this unspoiled part of the country.
The origins of the firefly tours in Kuala Selangor was with scientists who came to study the fascinating fireflies of the region around 25 years ago. The locals quickly realized that tourists would be interested in the nightly pyrotechnics of these amazing little creatures and the firefly tours were born.
Today firefly tours are regulated to ensure that tourists get the most out of the experience while the natural cycles that govern the lives of the fireflies are not affected by the nightly visits to witness their amazing lightshow. Visitors to what is now called the ‘Kampung Kuantan Fireflies Park’ are hosted by boatmen who are tremendoulsy knowledgeable about the natural history of the area and the flora and fauna that make this part of Malaysia so wonderful to visit.
Fascinatingly enough there is not only one species of firefly that can be found in the area – there are actually three. Each of the fireflies has it’s own unique signature signalling pattern and it’s extremely intersting to see how each species syncs its blinks to others of the same species. Both females and males flash out into the darkness, but the males are responsible for the brightest of the displays.
Visitors to the region will be delighted to learn that there is no ‘season’ when it is best to visit, at least as far as firefly viewing is concerned. The tiny creatures continue to provide their nightly spectacle each night of the year.
According to MyTravelLane Malaysia, for those wishing to get the best firefly experience it’s best to visit the jetty where the boats et out for a tour of the river between 8pm and 11pm. It’s at this time when the darknes slights up and the stillness of the river focuses the visual sense on just how wonderful this nightly spectacle actually is. Even if the rain starts to pour down and lightning flashes across the sky all is not lost. Visitors are advised to simply wait out the storm under cover and then set out on their tour. Many people believe that the fireflies are even more active after a tropical downpour so waiting may well reward those with the patience to delay their river tour for a little while.
Exploring the wonderful world of the fireflies of Kuala Selangor is highly recommended for those with an interest in the fauna of the natural world – young and old will enjoy a trip to view what has been called one of the most fascinating glimpses of what makes this place such an interesting tourist destination.