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

Gangga Island Resort & Spa: "Gangga Island Resort & Spa", Oct, 2014,

by C Kapfer, VA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8468.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Bali, Lembeh, Bunaken, Komodo, Oman, Hawaii
Closest Airport Manado Getting There Singapore->Manado via Silk Air

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 27 to 28 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 8 to 25 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco, dive your own profile. Occasionally we had to go up a bit early as we were not grouped with divers of similar experience.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Large camera room available with plenty of stations for guests. They even had compressed air setup for cleaning.

I would suggest that the resort put in several more rinse tanks f ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments The Good

Gangga Island Resort & Spa is an upscale island resort in North Sulawesi about 30 minutes by boat from Manado. As dive resorts go it is large with a big dining room, bar and pool table. In addition it has a nice professional spa, gift shop and large pool. Rooms are large and well appointed, must have been renovated recently. Wifi was good in much of the resort which is rare for the region.

The vibe at Gangga is very low key which makes for a pleasant and relaxing stay. Spa services are offered and contribute to the relaxed feel.

Diving is conducted off smallish wooden boats which were a little cramped when several guests had large cameras. Diving groups were 3-4 people plus guide. Entry was via giant stride--this was a little awkward due to a slippery deck surface without much to gr ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Robert S Kuhn in IL, US at Oct 08, 2015 00:06 EST  
How expensive is expensive? Air or Nitrox? How many dives a day? Debth of dives? What kind of diving? Walls, reefs, drift, Macro & Muck diving?
By Craig Kapfer in VA, US at Oct 08, 2015 04:29 EST  
Prices are listed on the resort webpage. Nitrox is available. Number of dives a day is up to you ... the morning trip is two dives and then return to the resort. There is an afternoon dive and a night dive as separate trips. Depth is again somewhat dependent on where you go ... seems like the deepest site we were at while diving at Gangga is ~25m. Type of diving and currents ... hmm .... it varies. We didn't do any serious drift dives. You can get deeper in Bunaken where there's more current as well. It was all reef diving with a lot of macro, some walls ... we didn't see anything particularly large but there were some nice wide angle scenes with giant sea fans on occasion. I was using the 12-50mm Olympus lens which I recommend for everything in Bangka/Bunaken (due to its versatility) except the night dives.
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