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Dive Review of Gangga Island Resort & Spa in
Indonesia/Gangga Island - North Sulawesi

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Victor A Bary, NJ, US
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Report Number 5470
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Borneo (Mabul), Fiji, Aurba, Bermuda, Bonaire,Cayman Brac,Curacao,Grand
Cayman, Little Cayman Providencials, St. Thomas,Tortola
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max depth, max time,come up with 50 BAR (recommended, not enforced)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Each boat had separate camera rinse tank.  Dive shop had a photo expert and
dive masters went out of their way to find macro subjects for photographers
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
Gangga island resort (about 50 acres) is the sole occupant of its side of
the Gannga Island.  It features 15 large units on the beach. They are well
appointed, air conditioned with a large, limestone tiled bath with double
sinks and large shower with view to the sea.  The units, like all the
buildings at the resort, are decorated with guests' dive photos (with photo
subject and photographer's name and country identified).

The grounds are beautiful and well-maintined.  The eco-friednly main
building is of traditional Indonesian architecture, with a large dining
area, library (sections for English, French, German, Italian, and
Indonesian speakers), bar, lounge area with lots of comfortable seats and 
pool table, and internet service.  The building features an internal
open-air garden visible from the dining room and most other areas.  Food
and service are excellent, and staff was especially appreciative of our
attempts to learn some Indonesian.  Entertainment on many evenings. 
(Nearly every one sings and plays guitar.  I swapped tunes during a surface
interval with the dive staff.)

Gangga Divers is simply the best organized, best-run dive operation I've
encountered in 15+ years of diving.  Each evening at dinner, the dive shop
manager discussed our forthcoming dives (and modified them if we asked). 
The boats are purpose built, with lots of shade, and almost always were run
at half seating capacity.  Each dive begins with a dive site diagram and
full briefing.  Dive time and max depth were collected at end of every
dive.  When we left the resort, we were given a printout of our dives and
profiles, as well as a map with each dive site noted.  Our dive master,
Donal, knew that the four of us love macro, and went out of his way to find
interesting critters.

This is not the place to see pelagics (we saw schools of dolphin and tuna
while on the boat, but underwater - no sharks, no barrcuda, but lots of
turtles).  Incredible variety of small shrimp and crabs, lots of frog fish,
nudis, and cuttlefish).  Side trips to Bunaken and Lembeh are a must. (We
didn't like the debris on the buttom at Lembeh, and thought it a bit of a
disappointment until we reviewed our photos - and realized how special it
was for quantity and quality of macro subjects).

Gangga Island Resort ranks with the very best we've been at in Fiji in
terms of beauty,service and staff attitude.  Gangga Divers is simply the
best dive operation we've ever encountered.
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