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Dive Review of Gangga Island Resort in
Indonesia/North Sulawesi

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by James Jenkins, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 5823
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, California, Cocos, Fiji, Galapagos, Hawaii, Indonesia, Malaysia,
Palau, PNG, Solomons, Truk, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
81   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Diving was with guides; you could wander away, take photos, etc., but we
stayed with the guide.  "No touch, no gloves" but I used gloves
with the finger tips hacked off and gentle subject repositioning occurred.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Rinse tanks on boats, large photo work room with charging space, rinse
tank, etc.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
This is a great place IF you are happy with 2 - 3 dives/day.  Four are
offered, but the afternoon dive is at 3:30 and almost no one did it.  We
(my wife and I) were sometimes the only night divers.  The resort is lovely
and the food and service excellent.  Nearly all the clientele were European
and they seamed to enjoy the relaxed pace of 2 morning dives, an afternoon
Spa visit, and a long, multi-course dinner.  We fell under the spell and
skipped the afternoon dives in lieu of full-body massages!

There were many families:  snorkeling boats were offered, and nanny

The diving was very good -- only the lack of big stuff kept it from
matching the best we've done.  Healthy hard and soft coral, nearly all the
critters of Lembeh Straight, some whitetips, turtles, and the usual reef

This is the best all-around resort we've been to (better even than
Wakatobi) for diving, food, service, relaxation.  When we no longer are up
to 6+ hours/day diving on liveaboards, we'll go back!
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