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

Gangga Island Resort & Spa: "Gangga Island Resort", Sep, 2017,

by Brian Morrow, GA, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 9886 has 1 Helpful vote.

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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 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Gangga Island is a small island just North of North Sulawesi. There is a 1.5 hour drive to the dock and 15-20 minutes to the resort from there. Accommodations consist of a number of duplex villas with porch and furniture and your own beach spot with shaded area. Room was nice with good air conditioning and large bath. Meals are served in an open air dining room as part of the main lodge. You order your lunch and dinner during the previous meal. There are 3 or 4 choices and includes Indonesian dishes. All the meals were very good. The staff is very attentive and friendly.

The dive shop manager inquires each evening who is going to dive and you are assigned a boat and guide. When we arrived there were about twenty guests but for the last several days there were only two beyond our group of four. We dove off the same boat all week with Hermanos as our guide. One day we did a three tank trip to Bunaken Marine Park which entailed an hour and a half trip each way. The trip was worth it. Most other diving is within a 30 minute trip out. The afternoon dives are conducted closer to the resort.

There were currents at some of the sites which could switch during the dive. Our guide was able to minimize the amount of kicking against the currents.

We saw lot's of giant frogfish, cuttlefish, hairy frogfish and nudibranchs as well as the other usual sights in Indonesia. The reefs, corals and fish life looked in good shape.

We really enjoyed our stay and diving while at Gangga Island Resort.
Websites Gangga Island Resort & Spa   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over Caribbean, Sea of Cortez, PNG, Solomons, Palau, Yap, Raja Ampat, Ambon, Moorea, Bora Bora, Hawaii
Closest Airport Manado Getting There Jakarta to Manado

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Generally sixty minutes. We stayed with our guide who was also good at finding criters
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Rinse buckets on the boat and the crew took good care of the cameras. Great photo room with plenty of charging stations back at the dive shop.
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