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

Gangga Island Resort & Spa, Oct, 2009,

by Michael J. Millet, CA, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 65 reports with 16 Helpful votes). Report 5282.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Micronesia, Galapagos, Solomon Islands, Palau, Vanuatu, GBR, Fiji,
Socorros, Indonesia, all over the Caribbean.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions just stay with the guide guide; had several dives in excess of 1 hour.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
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 Superb topside camera facility with spacious work stations, battery chargers, rinse area, well lit, A/C.

The dive crew was careful with gear; rinse tanks on boats could have been larger.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Gangga Island Resort is off the north side of North Sulawesi and takes a rather long, bumpy ride to the dock then about a 15 minute boat ride to reach. The rooms are duplex units all facing a long white sand beach. The units are need of upgrade, which is in process. The rooms are roomy with large deck porches. There is wireless internet in the main lodge but it is slow and unreliable. The meals are both buffet and ala carte; the food is plentiful and very good. The staff is very friendly and helpful. My wife's dive bag had a handle coming loose so a staff member obtained some bolts, nuts and washers from Manado for the repairs.

The dive boats are spacious with heads and lots of cover. AM dives are 2-tank; the PM dive is one tank. The dive crew is very helpful and friendly. They are also very knowledgeable regarding the dive sites and the marine life. They will make the extra effort to find unique critters to photograph. I essentially had my own dive guide, Dolfi, who was excellent.

The resort offers diving at North Sulawesi, Bangka Island, Bunaken, and Lembeh Strait. The latter 2 sites require about an hour + boat ride each way and are 3-tank trips. We had a couple of dives with a pretty stiff current but in general, the diving was slow and easy. There is a variety of dive sites -- walls, coral gardens, sandy bottom, muck.

I would definitely return to Gangga Island Resort if diving in North Sulawesi.
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