Gangga Island Resort and Spa
North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Asia
Gangga Resort is located on the tip of a small island near Manado in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. The resort lies at the base of a hill, on white sandy beaches and surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. Your journey begins at the Manado International Airport, where you will be picked up for an hour’s drive through the beautiful Sulawesi countryside. You will arrive at the pier with a boat waiting to take you across the strait to Gangga Island, where relaxation and incredible diving await!
The resort boasts an exclusive cluster of 15 beachfront bungalows, each with two rooms and built in the simple local Minahasa style, providing a total of 30 rooms on the resort with a spacious veranda overlooking the beach
There are 2 open air restaurants on site. The main restaurant, The Bamboo Restaurant, is located in the center of the resort and offers a wide selection of Mediterranean and Indonesian dishes. Here you will also find musicians from the island performing Polynesian style music. They also provide 2 fresh fish barbecues a week. The Coconut Bar is open all day long, and is the perfect spot to relax with your favorite cocktail or cup of coffee.
Treat yourself at Pasung Spa, an elegant spa located on site that emphasizes local technique. Their spa treatments combine rare therapies from the Minahasa families on Gangga Island, reflexology, and traditional Balinese massage. It is a truly unique experience and the ultimate form of relaxation.
Resort Amenities include:
- The fully-equipped Gangga Divers dive center
- A salt-water eternity swimming pool on the edge of the ocean
- The Pasung Spa
- Two restaurants serving Mediterranean and Indonesian dishes
- A full bar
- Free babysitting services
- A boutique featuring an exclusive selection of jewelry, textiles and gifts from around Indonesia
Suite Amenities include:
- Air conditioning
- A ceiling fan
- A Satellite television with international channels
- Private bathroom with hot water
- Water, tea, and coffee making facilities
- Mini bar
- Wi-Fi in all guest rooms
Diving in the waters off Gangga Island is a truly magical experience. Gangga Divers, a PADI 5 Star Dive Center, is located on site. It is run by International dive instructors who take pride in catering to every level of diving. They will be able to take you to over 30 world class dive sites, where you be exposed to an extreme diversity in wildlife. Gangga is the ideal starting point for diving the Bangka Archipelago, Bunaken National Marine Park (near Manado) and Lembeh Strait. Gangga Divers has 5 wooden boats specifically built for diving – 3 of which have on board bathrooms and all have easy on-off access. Each boat is also stocked with fresh towels, freshwater tanks for cameras, drinking water, hot drinks, and snacks.
The Bunaken National Marine Park is over 290 square miles of protected park. It is here where you will find the most species of coral fishes known to exist in Indonesia. Gangga is located about 75 minutes away, but it is worth it. Visibility often can be upwards of 100ft and is considered one of the best places in the world to dive. Often times, divers will spot eagle rays, sharks, jackfish, tuna, turtles, barracuda, and more!
Lembeh Strait is often considered a paradise for photographers because of the immense amount of macro life. It is characterized by black, volcanic depths and black sand slopes which highlight the vast marine life found here. Again, Gangga is about 75 minutes away but well worth the chance to encounter pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, leaf scorpion-fishes, and more.