Sunday, 2 November 2008

Scuba Diving in North Sulawesi

Gangga Diver's PADI "Gold Palm" Dive Center is run by International dive instructors. Qualified guides and dive masters pride themselves in offering very personalized diving service to suit and divers of all levels of experience. The dive center provides racks for each room to store equipment and has toilet and shower facilities with hot water- perfect for after those night dives.With its more than 30 world-class diving locations, the island offers a wonderful variety of marine life with rare species and pristine reefs. Gangga is the ideal starting point for diving the Bangka Archipelago, Bunaken National Marine Park (near Manado) and Lembeh Strait. During your stay, the dive guides will help you discover the marvelous underwater world and see the astonishingly rich variety of flora and fauna which delights underwater photographers. Scientists of marine biology from all over the world come to study and photograph the marine life found here.Gangga Divers has 5 all-wood boats specifically built for diving, three with onboard toilets, all with easy on and off access. The engine power ranges from 80 plus horsepower to 360 plus. The staff on the boats is trained to anticipate all your diving needs. Each boat is also full stocked with towels, freshwater tanks for cameras, drinking water, hot drinks and snacks.

Gangga Divers also has a regulator service room and three of the guides have diplomas for repairing and maintaining Scuba Pro and Aqualung regulators.Being 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.

Gangga and Bangka Archipelago
(click to enlarge) The small island of Gangga offers a unique opportunity to dive some of the finest Indo Pacific dive sites. Located at the conjunction of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, with more than 30 world class diving locations, the island offers a wonderful variety of marine life. It is perfectly situated to access both the North Sulawesi coast and other islands like Lihaga, Tindila, Talisei and Bangka.Click here for a few selected divesite descriptions of the Bangka/Gangga area.
Bunaken National Marine Park
(click to enlarge) This is a protected park of 75,265 hectares. In this area you find most of the species of coral fishes known to exist in Indonesia. There are more than 30 dive sites around five islands, including Montehage and Manado Tua. Because of its amazing visibility (20-30 meters), it is considered one of the best places in the world for diving. In 1997, a giant, prehistoric fish, the Coelacanth, which was thought to be extinct for more than 400 million years, was discovered here. Gangga Island is at a distance of 75 minutes from this diving paradise where you can dive with eagle rays, jackfish, tuna, sharks, turtles, napoleons, barracudas and so on.Click here for a few selected divesite descriptions of the Bunaken National Park.
Lembeh Strait
(click to enlarge) This area is a paradise for photographers owing to its 25 dive sites. It is widely known for its macro life. With an average of 10-20 meters of visibility, it is characterized by black, volcanic depths and its black sand slopes which highlight the amazing array of marine life. The Strait of Lembeh is famous amongst the best underwater photographers and organizations in the world because of the large selection of exotic, bizarre, and rare species. Gangga Island resort is approximately 75 minutes from this diving area. There you can discover pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, giant frog-fish, Pegasus sea moth, Hairy Frog-fish, giant seahorses, cockatoo wasp-fish, leaf scorpion-fishes, many varieties of eels and more.Click here for a few selected divesite descriptions of the Lembeh Strait.

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