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Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017

Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol

Tour Guide: Bernadette Atuel
Location: Lungsodaan (barangay), Candijay (municipality), Bohol (province), Philippines
Google Map: 9°50'41.2"N 124°29'24.4"E

Dry-Run Tag-Along
Candijay Tourism was doing a dry-run for a contingent of Japanese guests who will be taking the firefly tour the following day. I was fortunate enough to be invited by tourism officer, Mr. Fred, to join his staff.

River's Edge
I was picked-up by a staff in a motorbike and off we went to the river's edge where the rest of the staff were waiting. Guiding us for the river cruise was the lovely Ms. Bernadette. After a short orientation, we were off on the pumpboat in pitch black condition, illuminated only by a boat crew's flashlight. Ms. Bernadette used the 60-minute cruise talking about fireflies and answering our questions.

Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol
Christmas trees in June

The river was winding into a thick mangrove forest. As late as the 70s, crocodiles used to inhabit the river system. Folklore has it that in 1983, during the river feast of Senior San Nicolas, his statue fell overboard. One intrepid local dived into the crocodile infested river and retrieved the statue. Amazingly, after that incident, the crocodiles disappeared. It was not because of poaching or loss of habitat, but because of that incident. The boatman seemed to agree with Ms. Bernadette's story. That's the folklore.

River Cruise
The cruise along the moonlit river was a perfect setting to enjoy the stillness of the night while being mesmerized by a few isolated trees flocked-upon by thousands of fireflies. The trees were reminiscent of Christmas trees. The 'luminescent trees' gave an optical illusion of swaying with no wind as the fireflies turned their lights on-off and hopping from leaf to leaf. It was captivating.

Ending Thoughts
The only thing that took away from the pleasant experience was the pumpboat's loud motor - it simply had no place in such setting. It was hard hearing what Ms. Bernadette was saying and equally as difficult to engage in a conversation. If there was only a way to install a muffler on the exhaust pipe. If this issue is addressed, then I would say the firefly tour is a compelling experience.

There is a charming boat restaurant floating on the boat dock. This would be ideal for romantic dinner after the cruise.

--- TheLoneRider

Next stop: Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay

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tourist attractions in Bohol tourist attractions
  • Danao Adventure Park in Bohol Danao Adventure Park - zip lining, cable car ride, caving, river rides/trekking, off-road buggy ride, root climbing, rappelling and ultra-glide rides
  • Alona Beach in Bohol Alona Beach - hub for tourists with hotels, resorts, restos, bars and dive shops
  • Chocolate Hills in Bohol Chocolate Hills - hills side-by-side shaped like giant Kisses chocolate
  • Tarsier in Bohol Tarsier - pocket-sized marsupia looking like a monkey
  • Balicasag Island in Bohol Balicasag Island - one of the best dive spots in the Philippines
  • Loboc River in Bohol Loboc River - river cruise on a boat
  • Anda Beach in Bohol Anda Beach - fine white sand beach with resorts, restos and cottages, 3 hours by bus from Tagbilaran
  • Cabagnow Cave Pool in Anda, Bohol Cabagnow Cave Pool - brackish water pool about 5ft deep inside a limestone opening on the ground, 8 feet deep, P50
  • Lamanok Island in Anda, Bohol Lamanok Island - walk on a 100m bamboo bridge on stilts to a resto area to take a boat tour to caves and nearly attractions, P300
  • Combento Cave Pool in Bohol Combento Cave Pool - cave pool with underwater cave system, P20
  • Can-umantad Falls in Candijay, Bohol Can-umantad Falls - long narrow drop until it hits a bulbous mound spreading it into a a curtain-like water canopy and down into a splash pool
  • Canawa Cold Spring in Candijay, Bohol Canawa Cold Spring - deep refreshing cold spring with developed pool area
  • Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol Firefly Tour - evening boat ride into the river to watch fireflies
hotels in Bohol hotel
  • Bohol Tropics Resort Bohol Tropics Resort - seafront location, manicured surroundings, swimming pool, resto/bar
    0133 Graham Avenue, Brgy. Cogon, Tagbilaran, Bohol 6300
  • Oasis Resort - Alona Beach location, dive center, resto / bar
    Alona Beach, Panglao, Bohol
yoga in Bohol yoga
  • Jing Yoga - health & well being through yoga
    Jing Yoga The Courtyard - Airport Road fronting the church
    Jing Yoga Bohol Meditation and Yoga Center - 2nd Floor Lim Magtajas Bldg. CPG Avenue

Bohol FYI / Tips

Tagbilaran Port to Panglao

You can charter any tricycle from the port all the way to Panglao (~P300), but if you want to do it on the cheap,
  1. don't take the tricycles lined-up inside the port. Walk past the port gate and immediately outside, you'll see many tricycles. Take one to the bus terminal in Dao (~P15)
  2. in Dao, take the jeep that plies the Panglao route (~P20)

Tagbilaran (Bohol) to Cebu City by boat

** schedules and rates keep changing, call for latest schedule
  1. Weesam Express - departs 6:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM
    one way: Economy (aircon) P500.00, Economy (non-aircon) P400.00, First Class P600.00
    round trip promo (at least 2 days advance booking): Economy (aircon) P600, Economy(non-aircon) P500, First Class P1200
    round trip promo (1 day or on the day booking): Economy (aircon) P800, Economy (non-aircon) P700, First Class P1200
  2. Ocean Jet - departs 6-7:05-8:20-9:20-11:40AM, 1-2-3:30-4:20-5:30-6:30PM, 2 hours, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
    Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
    +63(32)255 7560 / +63 (32) 255 0115 / 0917 638 0000
  3. SuperCat (2GO) - departs 5:50-11AM, 3:45-5:25-8:15PM, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
    P 500.00
    +63 32 233 7000

Things to do, Places to go in Bohol

  1. Chocolate Hills - this is a clustering of more than 1200 hills within a 50km2 area. They range in height from 30-50 meters. What's unusual is their near-perfect conical shape resembling an individual chocolate chip. No one knows how they were formed. Entrance is P50/pax.
  2. Tarsier Conservation Area - located Upper Bonbon, Loboc. The tarsiers are no longer being played at by tourists as circus props, but instead, visitors now view them in cordoned-off areas in their natural 6ha habitat. As they are territorial and nocturnal, they are predictable on where they can be viewed. P50/pax.
  3. Alona Beach (Panglao) - Alona Beach is the tourist hub of Bohol. It has 1.5 kms of white sand beach lined-up by bars, hotels and restos. Alona is also the jump-off point for Balicasag Island, a world class dive destination.
  4. Danao Adventure Park - located in Barangay Magtangtang, 72 kms (2 hours ride) from Tagbilaran. Adventure activities include river trekking, tyrolean traverse, rappelling, bouldering, rock climbing and ziplining.


  1. Exploring Combento Cave Pool June 29, 2017
  2. Visiting Cabagnow Cave Pool of Anda Jun 28, 2017
  3. Exploring Anda, Bohol June 25-30, 2017

  4. Candijay
  5. Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay July 1, 2017
  6. Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  7. Freediving Canawa Cold Spring of Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  8. Splashing at Can-umantad Falls, Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017

  9. Tagbilaran
  10. Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  11. Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  12. Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga, Tagbilaran Sept 12, 2017
  13. Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
  14. Hello Tagbilaran! June 19-25, 2017

  15. Ubay
  16. 2 Days in Ubay July 1-3, 2017

  17. Panglao
  18. Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  19. Exploring Panglao June 12-18, 2017
  20. Yoga with Ging and Rai at Oasis Resort June 18, 2017
  21. Freediving with Ben Meerhaeghe at SeaQuest Dive Center June 16, 2017
  22. Scuba Diving Balicasag Island with SeaQuest Dive Center June 15, 2017
  23. Bohol Revisited June 12, 2017
  24. Exploring Bohol Nov 28-30, 2015
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