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Dive Review of Gangga Island Resort in
Indonesia/Northern Sulawesi

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Steven Levin, Virginia, United States
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 4392
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive computer.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
New and large camera room with many charging stations.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
This resort is very well run and one of the reasons is that its management
has over nine (9) years of tenure. Management is hands on and very detail
oriented. The staff is friendly and excellent and I believe every review on
this board concurs.

The rooms are very nice with plenty of space and good lighting. Every room
is well insulated and you never hear outside noises. The air conditioning
works well and there is satellite television. The only negative in this
regard is that there is only three channels - CNN, HBO, and usually an
Indonesian travel. Most travellers can cope.

The breakfast is a buffet that begins at 7 AM and continues through 11 AM
although I have always been able to go earlier and have some fruit and
cheese. Lunch begins at 1 PM and continues to 3 PM and is ala carte with
multiple selections. If the resort is full they might have a buffet for
lunch but I have never seen this happen. Dinner is from 7 PM to 9 PM with
varied ala carte selections.

The resort has a nice pool that is very popular. The view is great. One
feature of this resort unique in Northern Sulawesi is that it has a white
sand beach. There are private shaded areas for each room. Unlike many
"resorts" in N. Sulawesi this resort caters well to non-divers
and children. For example, dinner for children is served at 6 PM.

The diving in the area is exceptional. The diving sites accessible from
Gangga include not only the areas of Lembeh and Bunaken but many walls,
slopes, and pinnacles. The soft corals in the Gangga area are the best in
all of Northern Sulawesi. Creature lovers will be delighted with Frogfish,
nudibranchs, pipefish, and many others.

The dive boats are fast and provide excellent shade. The dive guides are
very good. Attention to diver safety is a number one priority. Diving
profiles are flexible based on diver experience.

This year the resort installed Nitrox which is provided at a very
reasonable price. 

Late last year WiFi was installed and is available for free! The WiFi works
in the area of the front desk, lounge, and restaurant. There is also a free
guest Internet workstation in its own air-conditioned room.

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