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Dive Review of Gangga Resort and Spa in

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Peter Swan, Az, USA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Past Instructor, all around the world
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
normal safety diving rules  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
The facility is basic in the sense of high technology.  If you brought your
own camera gear and computer to assess performance, everything worked well.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Gangga Island Resort, May 2008. Peter Swan, Phoenix Az. Experience  Past
Instructor, Over 1000 dives, author: Step Zero: Getting Started on a SCUBA
Photo Trip. ( vis:  25 to 100+ feet.  Water 84 F, incredible
calm waters.  This was my first trip to Gangga Island Resort (GIR) where
the casual living at the resort matched the superb snorkeling and diving
experiences.  The cottages were excellent for divers (plenty of room  air
conditioned  large showers  comfortable beds  TV, if you turned it on,
with CNN and HBO).  They also have a very large saltwater swimming pool to
loll beside, as well as in.  The four and five course meals were well
presented with a wide range of choices and spices.  The three meals were
served in a spacious open air dinning room.  They also had a nice sitting
area for cocktails and conversations.  This area also contained a pool
table and a multi-language book exchange style library.  The snorkeling was
as good as anyplace I have been to include the Great Barrier and Belize
reefs.  The sea state was remarkably smooth without a ripple so that the
transportation to and from the island and dive sites was like motoring on a
bathtub.  The crystal clear blue of the water was spectacular with shades
reaching from deep water to shallow with sand below.  The morning and
afternoon snorkeling are part of the resort services and deliver you to
beautiful shallows (4  25 feet) where we saw dolphins (about a dozen)
playing in the water about 75 yards away with leaps and flips.  They were
amazing!  In addition, I swam with a turtle and observed a plethora of
small and colorful reef fish swimming around and through the marvelous
coral and sea anemones, as well as an occasional ray.  The diving was very
pleasant with calm seas and phenomenal diversity in creatures.  While
diving at our four dive sites (Busa Bora Baret, Rainbow, and Secret Point
on P. Bangka Island; Yellow Coconut on North Sulalizi), we were able to see
large cuttle fish, blow fish, scorpion fish, red & black lion fish,
large shrimp, ghost pipe fish, and my favorite, clown fish  (black, brown,
yellow, orange & grey) defending their homes.  The resort staff was
superior with expertise and pleasant approaches.  They clearly have a focus
on customer satisfaction and quality of service.  The twice daily cleaning
of the room matched the morning and afternoon dive schedule.  The meal
staff ensured pleasant experiences with quick responses and recognition of
you as their only concern.  The dive staff enabled us to snorkel and dive
as if it were our world.  They dove with us and pointed our incredible
sights we would have missed.  The professional and happy staff at the spa
made each visit more memorable than the last.  Can you imagine a hard day
at diving ending with a massage and then dinner and drinks (lots of ice tea
was consumed). For the photographer, both underwater and above water, the
scenery is enticing.  The clouds, rain storms, sunsets, and resort settings
stimulated many artistic shots based upon colors and shadows while the
variety of underwater creatures tweaked this camera bug into taking over
400 pictures in four dives.  It was a good thing I used the checklist (from
the Step Zero book); so, I had all the necessary components for a
successful underwater photo safari.
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