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Dive Review of Gangga Island Resort & Spa in
Indonesia/Gangga Island

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Renee Ross, OR, US
Reviewer   (5 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6560
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Philippines, Bunaken Island, Lembeh Straights,Bonaire, Curacao
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
84   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Guides determined depth on each dive, about 80 ft maximum, safety stop at
about 60 minutes.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Camera tubs of water designated on each dive boat with clean water.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Gangga Island Resort and Spa.  This was our favorite dive trip of all time.
 Dives were about 25 - 30 minutes boat ride on smooth ocean to the sites. 
The water was very warm and appeared clean at the sites, although there
were some currents flowing around the islands with lots of plastic garbage
flowing like a river.  The garbage was supposedly blamed on the ships
passing through the waters who throw everything overboard.  But, the dive
sites were all free of garbage under water so it must be floating around
the world to who knows where with the currents.  The dive boats and staff
were well organized.  Staff took great care of all of our gear before and
after each dive.  We didn't have to worry about how they put our rig
together after the first time we showed them how we liked it. We did reef
dives, wall dives, a cave dive, some current dives with amazing blooming
soft corals,muck dives, and fields of healthy hard corals, many tiny and
amazing crabs of all types.  Some reefs had tons of colorful fish of all
sizes. This is the healthiest reef diving we have ever experienced.  The
dive guides were trained to show you the most tiny, amazing critters and
after a while I was telling the quide we wanted to spend more time at the
colorful reef and fish areas.  That didn't work with our guide though, he
always drifted toward some muck area to show us some small thing.  If we
dive here again (and I would like to go again) I will insist to the guide
that we want to spend most of our dive at the colorful reef areas. And
almost every dive had those beautiful areas, just amazing.   Fishing is
allowed all over these oceans so the bigger fish are fished out.  It would
pay for these islands to establish a Marine Reserve somewhere like Bunaken
Island has done.  There were day boats that gave the option to go to Lembeh
Straights or Bunaken Island and several groups went and enjoyed those days.
 We had already been to those places last year so we dove mostly around
Bangka, and Talise Islands and a few dives on North Sulawesi.
The resort was comfortable and all the staff were happy and respectful. 
Everything was clean in our room.  The restaurant areas were clean, the
food was so good.  5 course meals on a menu that changed daily.  We met
other guests and shared tables for some meals.  When the resort became more
full they had buffet meals that were delicious.  The wait staff were so
polite and happy.  I just can't say enough about the attitude of all staff.
The spa was very nice.  We had several massages, very reasonably priced.  
The internet is only available in the dining area and most of our stay it
was not functioning.  So, if you need internet on your trip you might want
to inquire if it has been repaired.  
The resort grounds were beautiful.  The generators do make some noise, they
are near the back of the resort and this noise bothered me at first but I
soon became used to it and relaxed into the vacation mode.  And the staff
swept up leaves all day long then burned them each day at the back of the
resort and the smoke sometimes came towards the bungalows and restaurant
but the breeze blew it away quickly.  
Yes, we will go back to Gangga Island Resort someday.  But, next trip we
will want to see some bigger fish for a change.  Perhaps Palau or Fiji.  
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Subscriber's Comments

By carl berenson in WA, US at Aug 17, 2012 15:43 EST  
yes we just returned from a week and gangga and loved how relaxed we felt
afterwards. A truely luxury dive location. and gorgeous reefs
By James Castanino in CO, US at Oct 10, 2012 05:25 EST  
Thanks for this review. I am currently looking at places in N. Sulawesi to
go for a few days. I just spent two weeks diving Fiji in August 2012. Both
Taveuni and Bligh Waters/Vatu I Ra (Wananavu Resort, highly recommended).
Anyway, loved Fiji, but don't go for big fish, as there are none! We saw
plenty of small reef sharks, but no other big fish. Not a single ray and
only 3 turtles in 9 days diving. That said, coral health and density,
colors, soft corals = amazing.
By carl berenson in WA, US at Oct 10, 2012 10:13 EST  
if you want to see many weird and wonderful creatures in grey sand, dive
lembe strait. If you want a luxuriously relaxing and comfy few days, stay
at gangga resort and dive bangga island. You can see everything. SOme
slight currents but currents=big fish. gorgeous reefs off bangga.
By James Castanino in CO, US at Oct 11, 2012 20:58 EST  
thanks for the advice!
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