|Dive Lembeh, Bunaken, and Bangka
Dive Lembeh Strait, Bunaken Marine Park, and Bangka Island
| "My trip was just FANTASTIC. I'm so happy I chose Gangga again. The welcome was terrific. They treated me just wonderfully, with gifts and a free massage. Hanne, the owner, is such a lovely woman and I got to know her a little bit better. On the dive in Lembeh I tagged along with her and she showed me an "electric clam," something I had never seen before. Gangga Island Resort is as beautiful as ever, and reflects Hanne's loving personality. This was my best dive trip ever! Thanks again for arranging a fabulous trip. We are definitely going back!"
Karin Vella, Las Vegas, Nevada
"We just made it home from Gangga Island, and want to return some day soon. We had a wonderful vacation with fantastic diving. You are right. Gangga is ideally located between Lembeh and Bunaken (we were able to go to both dive sites), but the islands right around Gangga had the best diving of all three! The resort is world class. Gaspare (the GM at Gangga) keeps that resort running well.
"We really liked staying at the Ambassador Transit Hotel in Changi Airport for our seven hour layover in Singapore. Wow...what an airport! The Shangri La Hotel (in downtown Singapore) was quite pleasant for the longer layover on our way home.
"I also want to thank you for mentioning the Tarsiers. I asked Garpare whether we could arrange a trip after diving at Lembah. Since we were the only divers, he had no problem stopping for a few hours at sunset to go find the Tarsiers. It is quite the jungle adventure hike to find them, especially when starting from the beach where the boat dropped us off. We did find the Tarsiers and I was able to get a couple of cute photos. Attached is my favorite pic. Thanks again for arranging a fabulous trip. We are definitely going back!"
Dave Pinkernell, Washougal, Washington
"The service at Gangga Island Resort & Spa was amazing! The genuine care the hotel and dive shop staff had for our time, dive gear, and vacation experience was simply wonderful."
Danielle Barger, San Diego, California
Gangga Island Resort & Spa - On the tip of a small island near Manado in North Sulawesi lies Gangga Island Resort & Spa. This exotic resort boasts an exclusive cluster of beachfront bungalows tucked under shady palms and surrounded by tropical gardens. The resort features 15 spacious and luxurious bungalows, each with two private guest rooms and a delightful veranda overlooking the beach and picturesque neighboring islands. An in-house dive operation is ready to serve all your scuba diving and snorkeling needs. (A description of the diving, and a Gangga Island Photo Gallery are to be found a bit farther down this page).
Manado, Lembeh Strait, Bunaken & Bangka...A Diver's Paradise - Gangga is an ideal starting point for diving the sites of Bangka Island, Bunaken National Marine Park, and Lembeh Strait. Known to be an epicenter of marine biodiversity, in this region you may enjoy sensational diving with a truly remarkable array of marine life. A diving experience unparalleled in the world awaits you, everything from blue water to bizarre creatures, as you select among these diverse and exciting diving options.
Gangga Island Resort features include:
- 15 wooden, local Minahasa-style bungalows, each with two rooms and a spacious veranda overlooking the beach and neighboring islands. Each of the 30 rooms are equipped with comfortable furnishings, satellite television with international channels, bathroom with hot and cold water shower, air conditioner, ceiling fan, mini bar, complimentary coffee and tea making facilities, and complimentary bottled water
- Swimming pool
- Restaurants and bars featuring International and Indonesian Cuisine
- Resort Boutique
- Pasung Health and Beauty Spa offering Aromatherapy, Body Scrub, Traditional massage, Reflexology, Facials, Foot and Head Massage, and other quality spa services
- On-site dive shop
Professional Management - A pair of professional hoteliers operates Gangga Island Resort & Spa. Gaspare and Hanne are educated in Hotel Management in Denmark and Switzerland. Gaspare is a Cerified Hotel Administrator by the AHMA (American Hotel & Motel Association). Together they have managed 5 Stars hotels and hotel schools in Europe and Asia. Gaspare has a long association with Indonesia. In the 1980's, he assisted the Ministry of Tourism in the opening of the first Vocational Hotel Institute in Bali.
Gaspare and Hanne are keen and experienced diving professionals and in love with the environment, and the people, of North Sulawesi. Their mission is to develop an Eco Resort where the protection of the marine resources and the development of the local villagers are paramount. They strive to create a resort for serious divers who also like comfort, good service and good food, and last but not least a good Spa treatment after a day of diving. Their professionalism reflects on the attention and care that all the staff of Gangga from the guide to the cook provides to the guests and contribute to making every day a new and pleasant experience.
Getting to Gangga - International flights connect from Los Angeles to Singapore or Bali. From there fly Silk Air or Merpati to Manado. From Manado International Airport, the transfer is one hour by car, then half an hour by boat. Our Gangga dive package includes round-trip transfers from Manado airport to the resort. Contact Island Dreams for discount airfares and complete information.
Jet service between Singapore and Manado operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday on award-winning Singapore Airlines (and its subsidiary Silk Air). You'll enjoy superior jet service (and two checked bags at 66 pounds each) all the way.
Package Pricing - Your Gangga package includes airport greeting and round-trip transfers, lodging based on double occupancy, hotel tax and service charge, three meals daily, and boat diving as indicated. The following prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double (twin share), or single, occupancy.
Gangga Island Resort & Spa -- North Sulawesi, Indonesia
All Season, valid November 1, 2016 - October 31, 2017
|Packages include round-trip airport transfers, 21% tax & service, 3 meals daily, and boat diving as indicated|
|Price per person, in U.S. dollars
based on occupancy indicated
|3 nights lodging / with 6 boat dives||$ 976||$ 892||$ 561|
|5 nights lodging / with 10 boat dives||$1651||$1511||$ 935|
|7 nights lodging / with 14 boat dives||$2315||$2119||$1309|
|10 nights lodging / with 19 boat dives||$3255||$2975||$1870|
|14 nights lodging / with 21 boat dives||$4373||$3981||$2618|
|Prices are per person, based on the occupancy indicated, include 21% tax & service, and are subject to change.
Package includes airport transfers, tax & service, 3 meals daily, and boat diving as indicated.
Packages of 7-nights or more include round-trip transfers between airport and resort.
Please note that all prices and package inclusions are subject to change.
Ken Knezick Describes Gangga's Diving Options - From a diver's perspective, the best aspects of Gangga Island Resort are the scuba diving options it affords us. Nearby are the islands of Bangka and Talise. These offer some of the most beautiful soft coral diving to be found. While large fish are somewhat scarce, you will find fields of pristine hard corals, a variety of reef fishes, and forests of large and colorful soft coral trees, truly a delight to behold. The smaller island of Lihaga, a short boat ride away, afforded me the best Mandarin fish dive I've ever had. (See Ken's Mating Mandarin Fish Photo Gallery).
Gangga Island Photo Gallery. Copyright Ken Knezick.
Photographed at Bangka and Talise Islands. All rights reserved.
Soft Coral Delights - As to wide-angle photography, I had a field day diving around Gangga's neighbors, Bangka and Talise Islands. The blue water and healthy coral reefs were a welcome change after a week of "muck diving" in Lembeh Strait. It was all the more enjoyable to be able to do this quality diving with short boat rides, and the ability to return to the comforts of a top notch dive resort at the end of each day. I'm certainly looking forward to going back, and encourage you to see and enjoy Gangga for yourself! Yours in diving, Ken Knezick
Island Dreams will create a custom Indonesia itinerary offering you maximum diving value, plus the option of rewarding topside touring to Manado, Bali, Komodo, and beyond. A wide variety of diving and touring options can be customized to suit your taste, budget, and time constraints. Contact the adventure experts at Island Dreams for complete details.