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Gangga Island Resort & Spa
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

It's a great hotel for divers because that's really all there is to do, although some guests had non-diving spouses who relaxed on the beach or pool all day. Most of the bungalows are beach front, some are set back and probably have no view. We stayed beach front and we had a nice sandy beach in front with two lounge chairs and a bale on the sand and a lounge and chair on the deck area. The bungalows are duplex style, which means there are two bungalows together with a common wall. Each has separate deck areas. We did not have a common wall neighbor the whole week we were there. The room itself was a bit smaller than some of the other beach bungalows we have stayed in, and closet space was somewhat limited. The biggest drawback for me at this resort was that I found the bed extremely uncomfortable. It was firm and not in a good way, it felt a bit like sleeping on a box spring. The resort was not full when we were there so they did not have any barbecues or buffets at lunch or dinner which they only do if the hotel is full or nearly full. The food was average to good, four courses for lunch and dinner and you chose from several options which changed each day. Breakfast was the same every day - a continental buffet with eggs and waffles made to order. The bar was expensive and the bartender only knew how to make the drinks on the menu. The wine selection was dreadful which is surprising for a Italian owned resort, so if you are going through Singapore, a trip to the duty free store for liquor on the way is probably a good idea. The diving was very good and our dive guide was excellent. The boats hold about 8 divers and we usually had fewer than that. Each dive guide takes no more than four people, but most of the time the groups were two or three. Be aware that if you want to go to Bunaken or Lembeh, that they will only go if they have at least four people who want to go and it cost extra. The boats have a covered seating area and a shelf area to keep things dry. Most of the dives were pinnacles, some sloping walls and sandy areas. Lots of small critters, the usual tropical fish, eels and turtles. if you like the big stuff this is not the place. Diving was pretty easy, calm seas and mild current. The hotel has a nice pool and the spa was very good. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. Overall I really liked this resort. If the beds and food were a bit better I would give them a higher rating.

Room Tip: Get a beach front bungalow
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank CAL31M
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

The view is stunning,
the rooms are clean and comfortable,
the spa has many treatment options,
the food is really excellent,
bbq night is a lot of fun!...
the staff is exceptionally courteous,
the dives are wonderful,
the photo room is well equipped,
even the pool has an amazing view!...
But the best part is the SUNSETS!!!

Room Tip: Ok, the beds are a little stiff, just make up for it by napping by the pool ;)
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Rachel F
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

We'd dived off Bunaken before, this time we were looking for something a bit different, and wanted white sand beaches and a nice spot for our topside time. Gangga is perfect for this - there is great dusk (for the mating mandarin fish!) and night diving right next to the resort, exciting diving around Banggka Island (45 mins away), and they offer one-day dive safaris to Bunaken and Lembeh. Never more than 4 divers plus a guide on every dive, and your gear is unloaded and rinsed at the end of every day. Boats are roomy with plenty of covered space, and there are always water, hot tea, snacks and dry towels on board.

All bungalows are right on the beach - the sea is steps away. There are beautiful views of the lush hillsides and volcanoes on mainland Sulawesi to the south, stunning sunsets over nearby Lihagia island. The rooms are clean and comfortable with plenty of fluffy towels for beach and bathing and nice toiletries in the bathroom. We were at Gangga during Wimbledon and loved being able to watch the games on the in-room satellite tv while we were there. The food is abundant - huge buffet breakfasts and four-course lunches and dinners which are always preceded by homemade warm bread and flavoured dipping oil. We requested bubur manado for breakfast one day and the chef was very happy to oblige - no mean feat considering that all food comes from the mainland only twice a week.

Gangga introduced me a lovely side of Indonesia that I did not know existed. My only (constructive) criticism is that sometimes the menus are a little "ambitious", but the food is always well cooked and well seasoned, especially the fish burgers!

Room Tip: Lower numbered bungalows are nearer the main building and thus more likely to pick up their wifi.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Michaela N
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Reviewed 24 June 2013 via mobile

If you like quietness, this beautiful peaceful island is the answer.
Highly recommend specially if you are divers.
Various creatures, macro, mandarin fish. Love it!
Beautiful view both landscape and underwater.
Nice white sand beach right in front of your bungalow.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Thank Melania E
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

The resort is very nice. It is spread out, all the rooms are located along the beach. It is definitely much more of a coastal resort compared to others I have stayed out in the area. The pool is beautiful and so refreshing! The food was good, not as much of variety as I would have expected from a high-end resort. The restaurant staff was not as attentive as I would expect…I repeatedly had to ask for things or just get up and get it myself. If you want to order a drink, beware, very expensive!! Surprising since I had just been at another resort in the area that had very good drink prices. The rooms/bathroom were beautiful, fresh flowers in your room every day!

The diving was nice, although nothing spectacular. The Gangga Divers was not good at all. The boat we were on was far to small for the 9 people we had in our group. All the dive gear was crammed together making it difficult to get into your gear. For some reason the dive crew completely disassembled your gear after each dive, never putting it back correctly or mixing up the gear. We had to hunt for our equipment before each dive... even though we were each given a basket to keep our gear in, somehow they always moved things around. We had to help each other get ready for our dives, as the staff did very little in that reguard. The dive guides also did very little…seemed ok for the first dive, but the subsequent dives they did little. I am a very experienced diver and this was one of the worst dive operations I have encountered. I will not be back.

Room Tip: All rooms line the beach.... room 1 is closer to the pool/restaurant, the higher you go the further away from everything you go.
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank acj1967
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