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

October, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by C Kapfer, VA, US
Reviewer   (3 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"Gangga Island Resort & Spa"
Report Number 8468
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Bali, Lembeh, Bunaken, Komodo, Oman, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There
Singapore->Manado via Silk

Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
27   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
8   to 25    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
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  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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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
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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4 stars   
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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 ...
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By rskuhn 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
By reklar 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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