Fireflies are also known “Lightning Bugs” and they shine brightly at the night to attract a partner. While we humans tend to chat up our prospective partners, fireflies send each other little light signals. Apparently they shine during the day too but we just can't see it.
They are only seen at night in “Berembang” trees along the Selangor River. I could not spot any in the palm or any other tree for that matter. The overall effect is just like the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree.
I don't have any pictures to show you because it's difficult to get a long camera exposure from a moving boat. And using a flash is not allowed and pointless anyway.
I visited the Firefly Park as a part of the MM Adventures Firefly Tour which included a seafood feast and a visit to the Lighthouse and Silver-Leafed Monkeys at Bukit Melawati.
Just a small piece of advice... do try to avoid tours on moonlit nights as the ambient light is enough to make the fireflies difficult to see except in tree darkened corners.
Perhaps I am over ambitious, I am interested in seeing the little deviations from the ordinary. For the vicinity of Kuala Selangor, I have drawn up here an example of a typical day's program covering the list of interests I have mentioned. You can adjust and pick those items that you fancy. In fact for me, there could be even more side trips that I would check on during my visit to the place. Browsing through the pictures together with this page, few items not mentioned on this list. By the way, I am there monthly to check on bird life in that area and at the same time keeping an eye on physical changes in the area.
Proposed agenda for a day trip to Kuala Selangor.
8.00 am - Arrival in Kuala Selangor Nature Park - walking through Malaysian secondary forest, mangrove forest. For Fauna & Flora, also doing bird watching
11.00 am - Hike up Bukit Melawati for the museum, well, execution stone, Rest House, historical Fort and the Dutch Lighthouse. Photograph the Silver-leaves Langur
Noon - Have lunch in Pasir Penampang Sea Food Restaurant. Or stay on to try the traditional Hainanese cooking at the Government Rest House. Fantastic view of the town and river as you have your meal.
2.30 pm - Adjourned to see life in the rice fields. Beautiful scenery and stop by their stalls. Fruits like Mangos, bananas and sweet corns are the common items for sales by the roadside. See the local customs and practices.
5.30 pm - Back to Bukit Melawati to watch sunset over the Malacca Straits
7.30 pm - Dinner in Tanjong Tengkorak - a dilapidated wooden shack within a small fishing community with boardwalk as alley
10.00 pm - Join the crowd and take Fireflies tours
11.30 pm - Return to Kuala lumpur.
There are many more eateries and places of interests that you may discovered.
In fact the local are in Kuala Selangor for quite a different purpose besides those as mentioned by me. They would look for fresh fishes, the by-products from the marine industry like dried prawn fritters, fish balls, sometimes cockles and mussels.
The park, also known as Taman Alam, is a sanctuary fro many different types of flora and fauna... It offers visitors the chance to witness life in a mangrove swamp, complete with mosquitoes and scent of muddy peat... Wildlife such as otters, leopard cats, silver-leaf monkeys, mudskippers, king crabs and 156 species of birds can be spotted in the park... There are towers located in and around the park to facilitate bird-watching... The lake in the park is man-made and is controlled via luice gates... Chalets and kitchen facilities are available as well...