Kuala Selangor Fireflies Tour

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Explore the magic of the Fireflies on our Kuala Selangor fireflies tour. Visit the firefly park and see thousands of fireflies light up in their natural habitat. Choose between a private row boat or an engine power boat.

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Experience the magic of the Kuala Selangor fireflies tour, undoubtedly one of the best day trips from Kuala Lumpur. This unique evening activity is perfect for families seeking quality time together. Immerse yourself in the heart of Kuala Selangor and witness the breathtaking beauty of thousands of lightning bugs at our Kuala Selangor fireflies park.

Our expert guides will accompany you on this fun-filled and unforgettable journey to either Kampung Kuantan or Bukit Belimbing, the best places to watch fireflies in Malaysia and Asia. With their fascinating insights into the lives of these fantastic creatures, you will gain an unparalleled understanding of their behavior.

Our itinerary is designed to ensure maximum enjoyment, including visits to the Batu Caves, meeting the friendly Silver Leaf Monkeys, and savoring a dinner experience along the Selangor riverbank. Suitable for all ages, this tour is conveniently located close to the city center and takes less than 1.5 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. So join us during the evenings, when the fireflies are most active, for a productive and efficient trip.

Key Take Away

The Kuala Selangor fireflies tour offers numerous benefits, making it a must-try activity for anyone visiting Kuala Lumpur.
Here are some of the key benefits of the tour:

  1. Unique evening activity: The tour is a unique evening activity that provides a break from typical tourist activities. It is a perfect way to enjoy quality time with family or friends.
  2. Mesmerizing fireflies: The tour takes you to the Kuala Selangor firefly park, where thousands of fireflies are lighting up the night sky with their mesmerizing glow. It is a breathtaking experience that you will remember for a lifetime.
  3. Chance to explore Kuala Selangor: The tour takes you to the heart of Kuala Selangor, allowing you to explore the city’s rich culture and heritage. You will visit popular attractions like the Batu Caves, Bukit Rotan Sri Shakti Temple and meet the friendly Silver Leaf Monkeys.
  4. Experienced guides: Our experienced guides are knowledgeable and passionate about providing the best tour experience for customers. They will provide fascinating insights into the lives of fireflies and ensure you have an enjoyable trip.

Overall, the Kuala Selangor fireflies tour is a unique and unforgettable experience that offers something for everyone. Don’t miss the chance to witness the beauty of the fireflies in Kuala Selangor.

About Fireflies in Kuala Selangor

Watching fireflies in Kuala Selangor has become a popular tourist activity in recent years, but the history of this phenomenon dates back much further.

Fireflies have been present in Kuala Selangor for centuries, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that locals realized their potential as a tourist attraction. According to a boatman in Kampung Kuantan fireflies park, watching fireflies along the Selangor Rivers started by scientists. At that time, local and foreign scientists came to study fireflies and had to engage local villages, Mr. Jamaluddin, to help them navigate the Selangor rivers.

The local tourists started to visit Kuala Selangor only after scientists declared Kuala Selangor Fireflies among the biggest in the world after the fireflies in the Amazon rainforest. At that time, a group of fishermen in Kampong Kuantan began to take tourists out on their boats at night to see the fireflies along the Selangor River.

The Kuala Selangor fireflies tours quickly became popular, and more locals began offering similar tours over the years. In 1985, the Selangor state government, with the cooperation of Tenaga National Berhad, decided to set up a proper boat jetty in  Kampung Kuantan. In 1988, another boat jetty in Bukit Belimbing started its operation. Today, four tour operators in Kuala Selangor offer firefly-watching tours, and the area has become known as one of the best places in the world to see these fascinating insects.

Why So Many Fireflies in Kuala Selangor?

The Selangor Rivers are home to a substantial firefly population that thrives on the nectar provided by the Berembang and Sago Tree, which serves as a primary food source for adult fireflies. The firefly’s life cycle commences with the female depositing an egg in the muddy ground following mating, after which it takes roughly 15 to 20 days for the eggs to metamorphose into larvae. The larvae’s primary sustenance is snails, and they employ mandibles to secrete a toxic substance to kill them. After a period of two to three months, the larvae enter the pupa phase, which lasts for nine to twelve days before the emergence of fireflies. The fireflies are diminutive, measuring only 6mm in size, and can survive for up to three months.

Why and How Fireflies Produce the Light?

Kuala Selangor is home to three distinct species of fireflies, namely Pteroptyx Tener, Pteroptyx Valida, and Pteroptyx Malaccae. Pteroptyx Tener is the largest of these species and boasts a unique ability to synchronize light emissions. The bioluminescence responsible for light production occurs via a chemical reaction involving five key components: calcium, adenosine triphosphate, substrate luciferin, enzyme luciferase, and oxygen. However, as these chemicals are contained within the fireflies’ abdomens, Nitric Oxide is a key mediator, allowing oxygen to enter.

Fireflies use their light for communication and mating purposes. Males fly around and emit flashes of light to attract females, who respond with their own flashes of light. Each firefly species has its own distinctive flash pattern, allowing them to identify and mate with individuals of the same species. The breathtaking sight of thousands of fireflies simultaneously emitting light is an unforgettable spectacle.

Best Time to Watch Fireflies

May, June, July, and August tend to experience increased tourist traffic, particularly from foreign visitors. Meanwhile, local tourists prefer to visit firefly park during school holidays and weekends. For a more amazing experience, weekdays are recommended for a fireflies tour.

Watching fireflies in Kuala Selangor are available throughout the year. However, visitors wishing to see the fireflies in their full glory should aim to visit during the evenings when they are most active. This is typically between 7.45 and 10 pm when the fireflies are most luminous. During this time, the fireflies will be seen in their thousands, lighting up and creating a truly breathtaking sight.

Best Way to See Fireflies

Factors  Impacting Fireflies Visibility

Several factors may impact the visibility of fireflies:

  1. Weather conditions: Heavy rainfall, strong winds, or excessive lightning can impact the fireflies’ ability to light up.
  2. Human disturbance: Loud noises, bright lights, and other forms of human disturbance can impact the fireflies and make them less active.
  3. Seasonal fluctuations: The number of fireflies may fluctuate based on the season, with peak populations appearing at different times throughout the year.

It’s important to note that the Kuala Selangor fireflies tour operators may not guarantee the visibility of fireflies on any given tour.

Kuala Selangor Fireflies Tour with Private Tour

As a leading private tour in Malaysia, WeGowithAnuar has extensive expertise and experience in offering the Kuala Selangor fireflies tour. We have been operating the tour since 2008, and our team of experts has extensive knowledge about fireflies, their habitat, and their behavior.

In addition, we comply with local regulations and conservation efforts to preserve the fireflies’ natural habitat and ensure the continued sustainability of the Kuala Selangor firefly park. Our commitment to safety, sustainability, and customer satisfaction has earned us a reputation as a trusted and reliable tour operator in Kuala Lumpur.

Tour Packages

To ensure tourists get the best tour experience, we include all entrances and dinners in Kuala Selangor fireflies tour packages.


  1. All transportation charges
  2. Simple seafood set dinner with Chinese Tea.
  3. Boat ticket for watching fireflies
  4. FREE Batu Caves Visit


  1. Personal Expenses
  2. Alcohol Beverage
  3. Travel Insurance


  1. Participants must have able-bodied.
  2. Visitors must wear appropriate clothing, such as long pants and closed-toe shoes, suitable for a tropical environment.
  3. Flashlights and other forms of artificial lighting are not allowed in the firefly sanctuary to preserve the delicate ecosystem.
  4. Visitors are expected to follow the tour guide’s instructions and keep noise levels to a minimum to avoid disturbing the fireflies.

Meeting these requirements ensures visitors a safe and enjoyable experience on the Kuala Selangor Fireflies Tour.

Kuala Lumpur Fireflies Itinerary

Situated about 70km from Kuala Lumpur city, the best time to watch fireflies in Kuala Selangor is at night.

  • Tour Duration: 6.5 hours inclusive of travel time
  • Pick-up on weekdays: 3.00 pm subject to change
  • Pick-up on weekends: 2.30 pm, subject to change
  • Meeting Point: Hotel main entrance or private residency in Kuala Lumpur.
    Kindly prepare yourself in the hotel lobby or main entrance 5 minutes before pick-up.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Point

Pick-up Point

  • Kuala Lumpur City
  • Sunway City*
  • Damansara Area*
  • Petaling Jaya*

Drop-Off Point

  • Drop-off at the same pick-up point
  • Kuala Lumpur international airport (KLIA) after the tour**

*Additional charges apply for pickup at a Hotel situated outside of Kuala Lumpur city

  • *Additional charges apply for pickup at a Hotel situated outside of Kuala Lumpur city
  • ** Only for mid-night flight.

List of Activities

After the Batu Caves, Kuala Selangor ranks as the second most sought-after day trip from Kuala Lumpur. In an effort to enrich your tour experience, we have integrated additional activities such as visiting the Batu Caves and feeding Silver Leaf Monkeys in the Kuala Selangor fireflies tour. These endeavors are intended to elevate the value of your journey by providing a more diverse and stimulating itinerary.

Visiting Batu Caves

We begin watching fireflies at Kuala Selangor tour by visiting Batu Caves first. Situated about 13 km or 30 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves has a reputation as the most visited attraction and the largest Hindu temple in Malaysia. It is nested in 400 million limestone caves, also called temple caves. The cave temple is adorned with colorful Hindu statues and is reached by a steep flight of 272 steps. Another unique feature of Batu Caves is the Batu Caves Murugan statue. It is the second statue of Lord Murugan in the world, standing at 42.7 meters, and an enormous donation box.

Visiting Sri Shakti Temple

Sri Shakti Temple in Kuala Selangor is a stunning example of Hindu temple architecture and is an essential stop on any cultural tour of the region. The temple is adorned with vibrant colors and intricate designs, showcasing the skilled craftsmanship of the builders who constructed it.

Kuala Selangor Nature Park

Kuala Selangor Nature Park, also known as Taman Alam Kuala Selangor, is a popular destination for nature lovers and bird watchers. It is located in the town of Kuala Selangor in Selangor, Malaysia. The park is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including a large population of Silver Leaf Monkey, making it a popular spot as a stopover before dinner.


Before the boat rides, your tour guide will bring you to a seafood restaurant for a delicious dinner at the Selangor riverbank. Here, you will savor the taste of fresh seafood famous in Kuala Selangor and enjoy the sunset.
For those not so adventurous about local Chinese food, we can arrange to go to a fast-food restaurant such as Mc Donald’s or KFC.

Watching Fireflies in Kuala Selangor Park

Kampung Kuantan Fireflies Park
Kampung Kuantan Fireflies Park using row boat (rowing boat)
Bukit Belimbing Fireflies Park
Bukit Belimbing Fireflies Park boat uisng engine boat (sharing boat)

The Kuala Selangor fireflies tour highlights watching fireflies in their natural habitat. Kuala Selangor has four boat jetty to see the fireflies.
The customer has two options for their preferred jetty to watch fireflies using our booking system.

Kampung Kuantan Fireflies Park

The park is situated on the banks of the Selangor River, providing the ideal fireflies habitat. Visitors can take a rowing boat ride along the river to see the fireflies in their natural habitat. The boat ride typically lasts about 20 to 25 minutes and is an excellent opportunity to see the fireflies up close. Perfect for tourists who prefer a 100% privately organized tour.

Bukit Belimbing Fireflies Park

Bukit Belimbing Fireflies Park has situated about 7 km or 15 minutes drive from the restaurant in Pasir Penambang. It is popular among group tours because its boat capacity can bring 12 passengers simultaneously.

List of Personal Things Tourists Need To Bring

Tourists visiting the Kuala Selangor Fireflies should bring the following items:

  1. Travel Document: Tourists must bring their travel documents all the time.
  2. Water Bottle: to stay hydrated.
  3. Hat or Umbrella: for sun protection during Batu Caves visit
  4. Cash: for purchasing souvenirs or refreshments.
  5. Personal Medications: if needed.
  6. Camera: to capture the stunning moments


In conclusion, the Kuala Selangor fireflies tour is a unique and captivating experience that should not be missed. Due to its strategic location from Kuala Lumpur and the availability of different tour options, this is an opportunity for tourists to witness the magical glow of fireflies. With the help of a professional and knowledgeable tour guide, visitors can learn about the fireflies and the surrounding ecosystem, making the experience both educational and enjoyable. Whether traveling solo, with friends or as a family, this tour is a perfect way to create long-lasting memories and gain a deeper appreciation for nature.

Kuala Selangor Fireflies Tour FAQ

What is your cancellation policy?

We try to make our cancellation policy simple. First, customers can cancel the booking by logging in to their accounts. The second option by communicating with us via Whatsapp, SMS, or Email. We will manually cancel the booking and refund your money as soon as possible. No questions ask and no penalty.


6 reviews for Kuala Selangor Fireflies Tour

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    5 out of 5


    Just returned from my very nice Firefly tour with Matthew => Hotel pick-up, Batu Caves, temples, monkey feeding, delicous seafood dinner as well as the firefly tour => all worked well! Highlights were the monkeys in hand distance and of course the firefly boat trip (a very nice experience). Matthew did everything to provide me a perfect afternoon!

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    Tanya M Garcia

    Mr Anuar was very responsive, texted him several time before we arrived in KL and he replied quickly. We had Mr Sundram for both Malacca and Fireflies tours. We had a private tour, just like our Malacca one. He made sure we are not hungry/thirsty, stopped for toilet breaks along the highway. We went up the Batu Caves, then fed the monkeys at fort Melawati, delicious seafood dinner by the river and gorgeous sunset! in the dark, we rode a row boat to marvel at the fireflies by the mangroves! Very memorable and worth it! Thanks Anuar and Mr Sundram!

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    Kelly Grant

    The thought that Anuar puts into his tours shows his commitment to ensuring his guests have the best possible experience. Anuar is a great communicator and kept in touch with us about our excursion and met us promptly at the arranged pick up point. He handled everything - entry tickets, bottled chilled water, insect repellent, umbrellas and meal changes (for smallest child who can be fussy). He advised us that we should leave a little earlier to avoid public holiday crowds, and this worked out perfectly. Anuar shared great information with us about each excursion site. Eldest daughter loved the darling little Silver Back Monkeys and there was plenty of time for even our smallest child to get over her nerves and feed sliced sweet potato to one. The quiet glide along a perfectly tranquil river to watch the fireflies was a highlight and, again, Anuar arranged it so we would be well ahead of the public holiday crowd. A memorable afternoon of family fun. Thanks so much, Anuar.

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    5 out of 5

    Melanie Bellairs

    Anuar picked us up from our hotel perfectly on time, took us first to the Batu Caves, then onto Kuala Selangor to see the Silver Leaf Monkeys.
    I am a massive animal lover, and was so excited to be finally getting to meet these cool little friends! They were amazing! such friendly monkeys! Anuar bought us food to feed them, and the monkeys climbed all over us, sat on my sholder, then when we sat down, the sat on my lap and we just "Chilled" together. These monkeys are not like the more comon monkeys you get all over Asia, these are specific to paticular areas.

    After the monkeys, we then went on to a seafood diner at a local resturant. wonderful food, overlooking the river where we watched the beautiful sunset!

    Finally we visited the Fireflys. Anuar gave us the choice of either the speed boat or to be paddled in a small wooden boat. We decided we wanted to be paddled. never seeing Firflys before, we were amazed! definatly something everyone needs to see!

    If you are planning a trip to KL, Anuar's tours are the best. they are extreamly good value for money, good quality tours. As Anuar's tours are 1 on 1, you get a very personalized tour and get everything from it you are wanting to see!

    Thankyou Again Anuar!!!

    Melanie :)

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    Nathan & Audrey

    Our tour was private, very professional & it was great to see the early history of Malaysia. We had such a great time we asked Anuar to book us in with another tour a couple of days later. Unfortunately Anuar was unavailable, but arranged for Balan to guide us on our next tour to the Batu Caves, Silver Leaf Monkey's & the Firefly's (This whole tour is a must!!) This was without a doubt our favorite day in our two weeks in Malaysia & our guide Balan was exceptional.
    We highly recommend Anuar and can't wait to get back to see more of Malaysia with these great guys. A
    "Anuar & Balan thank you again for the awesome time you showed Audrey & I while we were in KL"

    See you again soon,

    Nathan & Audrey

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    5 out of 5


    Our family had the most wonderful afternoon and evening with Anuar. We climbed Batu Caves, fed gorgeous Silver Leaf monkeys and gazed in awe at the fireflies. It was a memorable trip with a charming and accommodating host.
    Thanks Anuar!

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