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Dive Review of Gangga Island Resort in
Indonesia/Northern Sulawesi

Gangga Island Resort, May, 2008,

by Steven Levin, Virginia, United States (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 4392.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Worldwide
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive computer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments New and large camera room with many charging stations.

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

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