Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
Join Undercurrent on Facebook
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes

Dive Review of Gangga Island Resort/same in
Indonesia/Sulawesi, Manado

October, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Ayers, CA, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 4775
Subscribers: Submit Your Reader Report Here
Subscribe Now Questions?
Subscribers can send this reviewer an email directly from here.
Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Fiji, Philippines
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
I dove with the DM. Just the obvious OW "rules", some people got
80m out of a tank.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
I stayed/dove at three places in Sulawesi: Santika, Gangga Island, KBR --
my trip was arranged by Island Dreams.  Gangga Island Resort has about 30
duplex rooms on a "private island" (there is a village too). The
rooms are nice (tho not as nice as the Santika) and are along the beach. 
It's a fairly long walk if you are in the last cottage, as I was.  
Most dive trips go east to Bangka Island, some to another island or to
mainland.  Thus you are not diving "your" island and the boat
trips are not short.   There is shore snorkelling, but it is mostly shallow
and sand -- I did not do any.
The water around Bangka Island was excellent and the diversity was
outstanding: all the reef-stuff you could want and most of the
muck-critters too: OGPs, Frogfish, giant Nudis, Devilfish, pygmy Seahorse
(DM had a magnifying glass), ...
The resort is expensive for the area. The manager seems unresponsive to
guest concerns (I had paid for water-transfers but she wasn't interested in
providing them).  Although the DMs are good, their English is iffy -- they
aren't much help with "What was that we saw?"
The critter-diving gets a 6 of a 1-5 scale but when I return to the Bangka
Island area I'll probably stay in one of the less-fancy resorts that are
*on* Bangka island.
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 855 dive reviews of Indonesia and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Bookmark and Share

Other dive reports on Gangga Island Resort & Spa

All Indonesia Dive Reviews and Reports
Diving Guide to Indonesia
Diving Reviews for All Dive Destinations

Featured Links from Our Sponsors
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Scuba Dive Asia -- The Dive Travel Experts
SCUBA DIVE ASIA - The Dive Travel Experts
for Asia, Pacific & Africa. Dive vacations for individuals, groups, photo clubs & dive centers.
Wallacea Dive Cruise -- Indonesia
Wallacea Dive Cruise
Dive liveaboard operator in Indonesia with the MV Ambai and other chartered vessels : Raja Ampat, Komodo, and other destinations.

Want to assemble your own collection of Indonesia reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Want to get more articles like these and
other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email?
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get our free monthly Online Update, and a sample issue!

NEW! Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account |
| Travel Index | Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Forums | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues | Login | Join | Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2016 Undercurrent (
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.