Most visitors to Kuala Selangor come to watch the synchronized flashing of thousands of fireflies glowing spectacularly in the evenings along the banks of Selangor River.
The best way to enjoy this spectacle of nature is by traveling along the river in a traditional sampan or an electrically-powered fiberglass boat to help reduce air, water and noise pollution and protect the fireflies’ natural habitat.
Firefly tours in Kuala Selangor are often combined with eagle feeding tours.
For maximum visibility, the best time to experience Kuala Selangor’s fireflies is slightly after 8pm on a clear, moonless night. Any later than that, and the fireflies may have found a mate, causing them to stop flashing.
There are three places to catch this rare, natural phenomenon:
- Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park
Run by the district council, this is one of the most popular choices for visitors.
Price: ±RM50.00 per sampan (max. 4 pax per sampan)
Opening hours: 7.45pm – 11.30pm
- Kampung Bukit Belimbing Firefly Park Resort
Chalet-style accommodation is available at this resort.
Price: ~RM16.00 (Adult) ~RM9.00 (Child) per pax
Kampung Bukit Belimbing Chalet: ~RM159.00 (Weekday), ~RM212.00 (Weekend), ~RM243.80 (Public Holiday) – each chalet sleeps up to 4 pax
Opening hours: 7.45pm – 10.30pm (last call 10.00pm)
Boat: Electrically-powered fiberglass boat
- Pasir Penambang
Price: ~RM20 for adults, ~RM15 for children (2-10 years). Boats for large groups (25-40 pax) available
Opening hours: 7.30pm – 9.30pm (last call 8.45pm)
- Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park
What to bring – Sport shoes or shoes with rubber soles are recommended when visiting. Also remember to pack plenty of mosquito repellent. Flash photography is strictly prohibited as this may interfere with the fireflies, who communicate by emitting lights from their abdomen.
About Kuala Selangor’s fireflies
The firefly is a type of insect from the beetle family. The ‘Pteroptyx tener’ species is the most dominant in Kuala Selangor, measuring about 5mm in length.
At night, these tiny insects congregate on berembang trees (Sonneratia caseolaris), a type of mangrove tree that grows naturally in the brackish waters along Selangor River’s banks.
They usually become active at dusk (unless it rains) and while congregating, each firefly displays flashes emitted from its abdomen. The males’ flashes are brighter so as to attract the females, and in the case of the Pteroptyx tener, their flashing is synchronized, which is rare in other firefly species.
The following are about 8km from Kuala Selangor’s fireflies and are popular things to do in Kuala Selangor during the daytime:
|De Palma Eco Resort
||Vi Boutique Hotel
The following map shows the 3 locations where one can watch Kuala Selangor’s fireflies.
How to get to Kuala Selangor
Driving is the best way to get here. Make your way towards the Sungai Buloh exit from the North-South Expressway and follow the road signs towards Kuala Selangor. If you’re leaving from Klang, drive towards Kapar and head from there to Kuala Selangor. For both routes, the journey should take less than 80 minutes.
Board Selangor Omnibus number 100 from Medan Pasar bus stop (opposite HSBC) in downtown Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Selangor. A one-way ticket costs RM9.00. Buses depart every 30 minutes from 6.30am to 7.30pm, and the journey takes about 2 hours. The last bus for the return trip from Kuala Selangor to Kuala Lumpur is at 7.00pm.
Alternatively, board the Cityliner bus from Klang Sentral for the ±49km journey to Kuala Selangor. Buses leave every 30 minutes from 6.30am to 7.30pm. A one-way ticket costs RM4.30.