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Dive Review of Gangga Island Resort & Spa in
Indonesia/Gangga Island

Gangga Island Resort & Spa, May, 2014,

by Michael J. Millet, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 84 reports with 49 Helpful votes). Report 7603.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was my second visit to Gangga Island Resort. I was last there in October, 2009. In the interim, the bungalow rooms have been completely renovated and are much improved. They are first class. The rooms a quite spacious with adequate lighting, electrical outlets, A/C, ceiling fan, mini-bar. The bathrooms are large with big, walk-in showers. Each bungalow has a large outside deck. The resort has a large, well-maintained, white sand beach. It also has a large, salt water pool. Each room has very good WiFi connection.

The resort has a very pleasant dining area, bar and lounge area. In the dining room, each guest(s) have an assigned table for their stay. Breakfast included a very extensive buffet with an egg/omelet station. At breakfast, one selects lunch from a menu and at lunch, a dinner selection is made. The menu includes a variety of both western and Asian food. The food is plentiful and quite good although some of the chicken/fish dishes were a bit overcooked. The resort has a full bar with a good variety of beer, wine and spirits at Indonesian prices, i.e., high.

The dive trips in the Gangga Island/Bangka Island area are 2-tank morning trips with water, juice, fruit on board. The boat rides to the far side of Bangka Island are about 45 minutes. There is also diving at sites on North Sulawesi Island. After lunch at the resort, a single-tank PM dive is set for about 3:00 PM. I was usually the only diver on the PM dive. There is also night diving and an OK mandarin fish dive. The dive boats are adequate but in need of some refurbishing. The crew was regularly working on the engines.

The dive guides are superb; very knowledgeable of the dive sites and the marine life. I booked a private guide who I had dived with in 2009. He did a great job. The diving is mostly on coral gardens and some walls. There are some nice rubble sites and little bit of muck diving near by. Dive trips to both Lembeh and Bunaken are available.

The crew and staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful. The dive team is a fun bunch of guys to hang with. Should the opportunity present itself, I will return to Gangga Island Resort.

Websites Gangga Island Resort & Spa   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean; Galapagos, Socorro, Fiji, Solomons, GBR, Vanuatu,
PNG, Philippines, Indonesia, Palau, Yap, Kosrae
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-100 Ft/ 12-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Gangga Island Resort is a great location for macro-photography of many different types and species of marine life. It may not have the exotic muck critters of Lembeh but Lembeh is on a 3-tank, all day dive trip from Gangga. The resort has a very substantial camera room with several stations, good lighting, many electrical outlets, and soft cloths. There is a camera rinse outside the camera room.
Dive staff carried camera gear to/from the dive boats, which had adequate camera rinse containers on board.
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