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

October, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, USA
Top Contributor   (62 reports, with 6 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5282
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Micronesia, Galapagos, Solomon Islands, Palau, Vanuatu, GBR, Fiji,
Socorros, Indonesia, all over the Caribbean. 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
just stay with the guide guide; had several dives in excess of 1 hour.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Superb topside camera facility with spacious work stations, battery
chargers, rinse area, well lit, A/C.

The dive crew was careful with gear; rinse tanks on boats could have been
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Gangga Island Resort is off the north side of North Sulawesi and takes a
rather long, bumpy ride to the dock then about a 15 minute boat ride to
reach. The rooms are duplex units all facing a long white sand beach. The
units are need of upgrade, which is in process. The rooms are roomy with
large deck porches. There is wireless internet in the main lodge but it is
slow and unreliable. The meals are both buffet and ala carte; the food is 
plentiful and very good. The staff is very friendly and helpful. My wife's
dive bag had a handle coming loose so a staff member obtained some bolts,
nuts and washers from Manado for the repairs.  

The dive boats are spacious with heads and lots of cover. AM dives are
2-tank; the PM dive is one tank. The dive crew is very helpful and
friendly. They are also very knowledgeable regarding the dive sites and the
marine life. They will make the extra effort to find unique critters to
photograph. I essentially had my own dive guide, Dolfi, who was excellent.

The resort offers diving at North Sulawesi, Bangka Island, Bunaken, and
Lembeh Strait. The latter 2 sites require about an hour + boat ride each
way and are 3-tank trips. We had a couple of dives with a pretty stiff
current but in general, the diving was slow and easy. There is a variety of
dive sites -- walls, coral gardens, sandy bottom, muck.

I would definitely return to Gangga Island Resort if diving in North
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