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

Gangga Island Resort & Spa: "3rd Time to Gangga Island; Still great diving", Sep, 2017,

by Michael Millet, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 84 reports with 49 Helpful votes). Report 9968 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 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 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I visited Gangga Island Resort for the 3rd time in September, 2017. My last previous visit was in 2014. The resort continues to be very well maintained. All the bungalows are very spacious with lots of room, TV, very good WIFI, and a large well lit bathroom. The room itself could use a bit more lighting. The bungalows have a large patio with lounge chairs. All the rooms face west so there were several spectacular sunsets. The resort has a large salt water pool and spa. The grounds are well maintained.

The dining area is large and spacious and provides specific tables for each bungalow. Breakfast is buffet with an egg station; waffles and pancakes are also made-to-order. Lunch and dinner are ordered from menus that change daily offering both Western and Indonesian selections. Meals were generous and generally prepared nicely with an occasional over-cooked item. The bar had the usual selections but no premium brands.

The resort offers a very nice camera room with individual work stations, lots of power outlets, fan, A/C and camera clothes. There is a large camera rinse outside the camera room.

The dive operation is well run with dive guides who are quite experienced and knowledgable. The usual dive routine is 2 AM dives, return to resort for lunch then 1 PM dive. The many dive sites included Gangga, Lihaga, Talisei, Banka and North Sulawesi Islands. I had a private dive guide at a very reasonable price. Dolfi is an excellent critter finder and great dive buddy. He was always ready to help and assure a great experience. He fixed my leaky floatable strobe arm.
The dive boats are the typical wooden, Indonesian-style rigs; very spacious and comfortable.

Regarding some recent developments around Gangga Island, the gold mine operation on the southwest point of Banka Island has been shut down. Also, there is a new resort being built on the east side of Gangga Island.

In closing, I can reaffirm that Gangga Island Resort is a great place for relaxing and diving with staff that is very friendly and helpful at all times. Terima Kasih -- I hope to return.
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 Manado Getting There From west cpast USA. thru Singapore then on to Manado; about 20 hours

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 82-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 35-100 Ft/ 11-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco; 60-70 minute dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 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 N/A Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Resort has a very nice camera room as described below. The dive boats could use a bit larger camera rinse tanks.

The marine life is abundant and is best suited for macro photography.
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