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Gangga Island Resort Manado Sulawesi Indonesia

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I recently spent five pleasant diving days at Gangga Island off Sulawesi, north of Manado.


After being met at the airport, transport time to the resort was about one hour by AC minivan and 20 minutes by boat.

Check in and briefing was pleasant and painless.


My bungalow was spacious, clean and quiet. Staff was excellent. The beach was about 20 yards from my door.


All meals were included. Breakfast was ample with eggs or omelets made to order, lots of fruits, juices, etc.

Lunch and dinner offered multiple choices of starters, mains and desserts. A vegetarian option was always available. Both local Indonesian and Western dishes were well prepared.


Diving was exceptionally well organized. Every evening before dinner, a dive master visited with you, explained the options for the next day and suggested the boat most suited to your preferences.


Two or three boats went out every morning carrying 8 to 12 divers with no more than four divers per dive master.


Groups were separated according to skill level or by photographer/non-photographer. All the usual safety procedures were followed. I never felt in danger or at risk.


Gangga has a least 20 or 30 dive sites within 40 minutes boat ride from the resort. Full day trips to Lembeh or Bunaken are also offered once or twice a week.


I did 11 dives, most of them excellent, with a wide variety of critters both deep and shallow.


Although Gangga Island Resort might be considered somewhat upscale, I found it to be a very good value. Very appropriate for couples or honeymooners, I can also recommend it for the serious diver.

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