Gangga Island Resort;
is a five star resort which lives up to its status.
Gangga is a part of the Sangihe Islands that are situated
one and a half hours car and boat ride east of Manado
(nearest airport) Indonesia. The islands, some of which
have not yet be explored or inhabited, are distributed
between the Celebes and the Philippines. They are of volcanic
origin, covered with a rainforest type of vegetation,
surrounded by coral reef and beautiful white sandy beaches.
Gangga is home to two small villages called Gangga Satu
and Gangga Dua and the inhabitants are Bajau fishermen,
they live in the simplicity of their culture and traditions
and are of a very friendly nature.
We planned our
visit to this area to film the very rich and diverse
macro subjects and world famous reefs in pristine
condition, to do this from a five star resort was
a bonus. The accommodation were spacious semi-detached
wooden huts with a thatched roof, typical of the
area. We had a good sized bedroom with separate
shower and toilet facilities, a fridge for the gin
and tonics and a kettle for tea making, mosquito
nets over the two beds and a small table and two
chairs. A nice touch was the large basket of fruit
in the room, to greet us on our arrival. The decking
out side was big enough for a drying easel and two
loungers, plus a table and two chairs.
The view from
the decking was stunning, sand and sea as far as
you could see with the main island and the volcano
in the distance.
The food was five star, four courses at every sitting
and a wide choice on the menu to suit all tastes.
A large central bar and lots of seating enabled
guests to meet in a traditional island setting.
The walls were covered with framed pictures by previous
guests taken in the surrounding seas. A great inspiration
to the underwater photographic guests and a reminder
of the incredible diversity of creatures in this
If you needed extra relaxation after a hard days
diving, then you could take advantage of the massage
center, less than a stones throw from the beautiful
swimming pool adjacent to the beach and sea.
The dive boats were
of wooden construction and large enough for 12 divers
and two dive guides. they were easy to get in and
out of fully kited.
The bow section was for the sun worshipers, the
mid section was covered in and had tea and water,
then fruit and sometimes cookies after the first
dive. There were three fresh water tanks for the
cameras and 'dry' lockers for your clothes The rear
section was for kiting-up with tanks and large bins
for your small items. The sun dried the suits between
The dive plan was two in the morning and one in
the afternoon and if you could manage it, a night
dive. Most divers averaged three a day.
The dive guides were fantastic in finding
minute creatures and were very patient as we took our
time to line up a good camera angle, while avoiding delicate
areas of the reef. We were often the last in to lunch
as our dive times became longer by the day. Yet we didn't
receive a single justified complaint, even after a 97
A final nice touch was the dive log given to us at the
end of our stay providing, day, time, depth and dive site
If you want to visit Gangga from the UK
then give Diving World a call. We did one week at KBR
based in the Lembeh Straight, just a boat ride away, and
the second week at Gangga, I would recommend that split:
www.diving-world.com and check the resort at www.ganggaisland.com
See some of the images taken on this combined
trip with Lembeh.
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