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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
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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.
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