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Dive Review of Gangga Island Resort/same in
Indonesia/Sulawesi, Manado

Gangga Island Resort/same, Oct, 2008,

by Bob Ayers, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 4775.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Fiji, Philippines
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions I dove with the DM. Just the obvious OW "rules", some people got 80m out of a tank.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

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 N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I stayed/dove at three places in Sulawesi: Santika, Gangga Island, KBR -- my trip was arranged by Island Dreams. Gangga Island Resort has about 30 duplex rooms on a "private island" (there is a village too). The rooms are nice (tho not as nice as the Santika) and are along the beach. It's a fairly long walk if you are in the last cottage, as I was.
Most dive trips go east to Bangka Island, some to another island or to mainland. Thus you are not diving "your" island and the boat trips are not short. There is shore snorkelling, but it is mostly shallow and sand -- I did not do any.
The water around Bangka Island was excellent and the diversity was outstanding: all the reef-stuff you could want and most of the muck-critters too: OGPs, Frogfish, giant Nudis, Devilfish, pygmy Seahorse (DM had a magnifying glass), ...
The resort is expensive for the area. The manager seems unresponsive to guest concerns (I had paid for water-transfers but she wasn't interested in providing them). Although the DMs are good, their English is iffy -- they aren't much help with "What was that we saw?"
The critter-diving gets a 6 of a 1-5 scale but when I return to the Bangka Island area I'll probably stay in one of the less-fancy resorts that are *on* Bangka island.
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