Lotus Hotels | Gangga Island Resort & Spa, North Sulawesi
The stunning island of Gangga off the coast of Manado in North Sulawesi is home to only one resort - Gangga Island Resort & Spa. Set in between the base of a lush hillside and the pure white sand beach, the feeling of having your own private paradise is palpable the second you step off the boat.
North Sulawesi offers unparalleled scuba diving experiences with sensational marine life, unique seascapes, and many options for divers of every skill level. It’s also a favourite dive destination for underwater photographers, thanks to the variety of species and excellent visibility.
At this special location where the Indian and Pacific Oceans meet, Gangga Island is famous for its incredible macro diving. Divers can search seabed for numerous species of seahorses, frogfish, shrimp, octopus and nudibranchs. There is also the opportunity to take an evening trip to see unique the mating ritual of the Mandarinfish at Lihaga Island just a short boat ride from the resort.
Day trips to Bangka Island, Bunaken National Marine Park, and the Lembeh Strait are perfect for deeper dives, steep walls, underwater pinnacles, and big drop-offs. At sites around the islands of Talisei and Bangka hard and soft corals thrive in the rich environment and make it the perfect home for scorpionfish, ghost pipefish, crocodilefish, and many species of frogfish.
The Rooms and Facilities
Gangga Island Resort & Spa boasts 15 gorgeous beachfront bungalows in the local Minahasa style. Each of the Superior or Deluxe bungalows has 2 separate rooms, which can be arranged with a king, or twin beds, a king with an extra twin bed or 3 twin beds to ensure the comfort of any combination of groups.
Both the Superior and Deluxe Rooms are elegantly furnished with dark wood, local textiles, and creature comforts like air conditioning, satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and WiFi. The 12 Deluxe Rooms have recently been updated and now have more comfortable seating spaces, a totally redesigned bathroom and larger glass windows for even better views.
The resort has an open-air restaurant and a bar. The main restaurant, located in the centre of the resort, serves Mediterranean and Indonesian dishes made with the freshest local and high quality imported ingredients. Under the coconut trees at the front of the resort, there is also the option to join a delicious fish barbeque twice a week with live music. The Coconut Bar serves, cocktails, cold beers, and other refreshments all day long.
Exploring North Sulawesi
Thanks to its close proximity to mainland Manado, Gangga Island is also a great base for exploring the nature and culture of the area. Day trips from Gangga to the mountain villages and archaeological sites around Manado can be booked at the resort. And one unmissable trip is to Tangkoko Nature Reserve to see rare tarsiers, the world’s smallest primate.