Fireflies of Donsol River

After diving with the whale sharks, visitors to Donsol should check out the surreal firefly trees along the Donsol River. What makes the fireflies here unique is that they collect by the thousands into specific trees creating a pulsing, shifting bio-luminescent spectacle straight out of Avatar.

Our cameras were unable to pick up the trees in the darkness and apparently everyone else is having the same problem because I can’t find any good videos or photos on the web. So for now, you’ll have to create your own mental pictures of nature’s own Christmas trees with a thousand points of light dancing and morphing in the wind. Simply spectacular.

As if whale sharks and firefly trees weren’t enough, the river is also filled with bio-luminescent plankton which shimmers on moonless nights. Pandora is real!

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