On the tip of a small island near Manado in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, lies Gangga Island Resort & Spa. The resort’s wooden bungalows are discreetly set on the edge of a long, white sand beach in the shade of coconut trees.
Gangga Island Resort is the ideal base camp for diving the three different dive areas of the Bangka Archipelago, Bunaken National Marine Park and muck diving sites of the Lembeh Strait.
For both divers and snorkelers, the picturesque white sand beach, the large salt-water pool, a traditional spa and the high quality of service at Gangga Island Resort & Spa will guarantee a peaceful and relaxing stay.
The resort’s Tuturuga Restaurant is located in the centre of the property. It offers a selection of International and Indonesian dishes made with the freshest local ingredients. Special dietary needs are catered for. Weather permitting, the restaurant will be set up outside next to the pool under the coconut trees. The Coconut Bar is open all day long and has a good choice of Australian wines, beers and cocktails.
The resort features a very large salt-water infinity swimming pool on the edge of the ocean with inviting deck chairs overlooking the sea.
Pasung Spa invites you to pamper yourself. Whether you come for a massage to relax tired muscles, enjoy reflexology or aromatherapy treatments, you will leave Pasung Spa feeling refreshed. A small boutique in the spa offers quality souvenirs from the region.
Should you feel like having a break from diving, it’s possible to visit the local villages, take a trip to the mainland, climb a volcano or simply chillax around the pool. Discover rare animals like the world’s smallest monkeys and the famous Birds of Paradise in the Tangkoko Nature Reserve, or climb one of the magnificent volcanoes in the Minahasa Highlands. Local day tours can be arranged at hotel reception.
Complimentary WiFi internet access is available at the resort lobby and in the guest rooms. There is also a computer for guests use. Telephone service and IDD calls are available from reception (charges apply).
Ideal for single travelers, couples, families and everyone who enjoys diving and snorkeling from a secluded and friendly island resort.
Gangga Island Resort & Spa lies on the tip of the small island of Gangga north of Manado in North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
The transfer from Manado International Airport takes approximately 90 minutes all up. The first leg is by car for around 70 minutes, followed by a 20-minute boat ride to the resort.
15 Minahasa style beachfront bungalows, each with two rooms, offer all the features expected in a top-class international resort. All rooms are equipped with comfortable furnishings, satellite TV, safety deposit box, mosquito net, bathroom with hot and cold water shower, hairdryer, air conditioning & ceiling fan, mini-bar, coffee and tea making facilities, purified drinking water and complimentary WiFi internet. Spacious terraces face the ocean and are a perfect place to enjoy the sunsets. There are two classes of accommodation: Superior (first two images) and the slightly more expensive Deluxe (second two images).
With more than 30 world-class diving locations around Gangga Island, this dive region offers a wonderful variety of marine life with rare species and pristine reefs. Gangga is the ideal base camp for diving the three different dive areas of the Bangka Archipelago, Bunaken National Marine Park and Lembeh Strait.
Gangga Diver’s PADI Five Star Dive Centre is run by international dive instructors. Qualified guides and dive masters pride themselves in offering personalised diving service to suit divers of all levels of experience. Ratio is 4 divers with 1 dive guide.
The dive centre has 4 wooden dive boats and 1 Fibreglass boat, all custom built for diving. They all have higher ceilings than the traditional boats used by many other dive shops in the region. Two wooden boats carry 8-12 divers each. The two smaller wooden dive boats carry 4-8 divers each. The Fibreglass boat has a capacity for 12-15 divers. The 3 larger boats all have toilets on board. All dive boats have safety equipment such as radio, life jackets, first aid kit and DAN Jumbo Oxygen twin tanks. Each boat is fully stocked with towels, freshwater tanks for cameras, drinking water, hot drinks and snacks and very attentive boat staff trained to anticipate the needs of all their diving guests.
The dive shop provides racks for each diver to store their equipment and has toilet and shower facilities with hot water – perfect for after a night dive.
Well-maintained rental equipment and 12L and 15L aluminium tanks with both INT and DIN valves are available. Nitrox (32%) is available free of charge for Nitrox certified divers. A large camera room with sink for camera rinsing plus personal lockers and charging outlets 220-110V are available.
Various PADI dive courses are available.
Snorkelers pay extra to join the boats ‘Christina’ or ‘Setia’ for their designated boat excursions to excellent snorkelling sites nearby. A guide will assist on board and in the water.
Some of Sulawesi’s best diving is found right next to Gangga Island and neighbouring Bangka Islands.
An active underwater volcano to the north of Bangka Island, Manhangetang, provides some spectacular dive sites nearby. Diving is recommended for confident beginners and advanced divers as some stronger currents might be experienced on those sites at times.
Two-tank morning dives are offered to dive sites within the Gangga and Bangka Island groups, with one additional afternoon dive on request.
Once a week, special day trips are scheduled to the world-famous coral walls of Bunaken National Park, and also critter diving on the volcanic sands of Lembeh Strait. The boat travel time is approx 90 minutes each way and but three dives are offered and packed lunch is provided.
As a member of the North Sulawesi Watersports Association (NSWA), Gangga Island Resort is committed to protecting the local reefs and is involved in conservation and development projects aimed at helping the local communities create sustainable tourism activities.
You should know
The resort accepts cash IDR, USD and Euro to pay for extras, bar bill, incidentals, as well as credit card, MC or VISA. Please note that a 3% bank surcharge will be added to your credit card bill.
Pricing for Gangga Island Resort & Spa
|Valid 1 Nov 2022 to 31 Oct 2023||AUD||USD|
|7 Nights Superior Minahasa Bungalow (Double) Full Board with 12 Dives||2476||USD|||||2476|
|7 Nights Superior Minahasa Bungalow (Single) Full Board with 12 Dives||2686||USD|||||2686|
|7 Nights Deluxe Minahasa Bungalow (Double) Full Board with 12 Dives||2637||USD|||||2637|
|7 Nights Deluxe Minahasa Bungalow (Single) Full Board with 12 Dives||2868||USD|||||2868|
|This resort's prices are in USD. The AUD prices shown are based on the current exchange rate. The price paid in AUD will be based on the actual exchange rate at the time any payments are made.|
|Rate includes accommodation as specified with en suite bathroom with hot/cold shower; full board basis with afternoon tea/coffee and cakes; scuba tanks, weight belts, guide, beach towel, water & fruits, hot tea; free of charge Nitrox for Certified Divers; return transfer from/to Manado Airport/Resort.
|Diving to Bunaken and/or Lembeh is subject to additional surcharge|
|The per person pricing above is indicative only: we show 7 night with 10/12 dive packages at high-end and lower-end rooms (singles & doubles) for the purposes of comparison. We can give you a price (and availability) for any combination of nights/dives you wish to undertake, which will include any discounts due to you as part of that package, and any exclusions, or items payable at the resort. Please use the [Enquire Now] tab to give us your exact requirements and we'll give you the best deal we can.|