Gangga Island Resort & Spa offers 30rooms within 15 elegantly furnished and air conditioned wooden bungalows discreetly set at the base of a jungle covered hill. The uniquely designed U-shaped bungalows house 2 independent and private rooms each with private en-suite bathrooms, high ceilings and spacious verandas giving beach and sea, or garden views. The rooms are attached at the bathrooms to ensure privacy and quiet between the 2 rooms. None of the rooms are interconnecting.
The waters off Manado are world renowned for unparalleled scuba diving experiences where you can get up close and personal with a remarkable diversity of marine life from both the Indian and the Pacific Oceans. From coral reef and colourful macro critters to schooling fish and the big pelagic fish, the waters off Gangga Island Resort are some of the most rewarding in the world for both snorkelling and scuba diving. The resort makes an ideal starting point for the top diving sites of Bangka Island, Bunaken National Marine Park and Lembeh Strait, making it a favorite destination for underwater photographers.
And for non-divers this delightful resort and picturesque tropical island paradise with its white sand beach, the large salt-water pool, traditional spa and many activities to explore and enjoy the nature above water is guaranteed to amaze and enchant divers and non-divers alike.
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“Gangga Island was established over 20years ago and is well known to divers throughout the world as one of the pioneers of professional and responsible sport and leisure diving in North Sulawesi. It is a graceful resort set on a large piece of land within mature tropical gardens giving plenty of space for guests and nature, and also enjoys an unlimited seascape with stunning views. Sustainability and responsible tourism has always been of paramount importance to us all at Gangga Island, and along with the beach saving and reef life promoting Biorock project we have also developed the biggest privately owned solar farm in the world, marking the start of the resort’s next chapter, with many exciting plans ahead. We don’t sit still at Gangga Island and are always looking to improve both in terms of our impact and contribution to our destination and in terms of the guest experience both of our diving guests and our above water guests such as families, honeymooners and couples looking to explore this beautiful destination. A sanctuary for divers, a fun place for families, a retreat for tired souls to heal and revitalize and most of all, a place to come back to again and again. We look forward to welcoming you all to our beautiful home, Gangga Island.”
The Biorock Anti-Wave Reefs and Beach Regeneration
A Biorock project was started in 2015 to reverse severe beach erosion which had left the island almost without a beach.
Damage like this is happening worldwide due to rising sea levels. Within just a few short years there were areas of Gangga Island with barely any beach at all. The island is affected by the Australian and Indo-Chinese Monsoons and by late 2015 much of the sand had been washed away leaving a beach cliff almost 1.5 metres high rather than a stretch of pristine white sand. Something had to be done.
The decision was made to use a method known as Biorock Anti-Wave reefs, which had been seen to work incredibly well in other areas of Indonesia such as Pemuteran in the north west of Bali where they saw a 99% regeneration of the beaches after creating Biorock reefs. Biorock reefs are incredibly simple structures made from wire filled with rock. They are designed to dissipate wave energy before it hits the beach rather than deflect it. The Biorock reef allows the waves to pass through and reach the beach but disperses the energy of the wave in an even fashion which weakens the wave reducing the effect of the wave on the sand on the shore-break. The Bioreefs also have a very small electric charge passing through them to prevent rusting and to also encourage the growth of minerals over the mesh. This in turn creates the perfect environment for the growth of barnacles, oysters and mussels, which as they grow over the Biorock reef they hold the rocks together further reinforcing the structure.
In January 2016, just before the monsoon season set in, 48 Biorock Anti Wave reefs were installed in front of the 200 metres of Gangga Island’s beach that was worst affected by erosion. Almost immediately the beach started to regrow. Since 2016, Gangga’s beaches have completely grown back. This is thought to be one of the fastest beach restorations ever done with results that have astounded locals and scientists alike. Even after a severe storm in January 2017, the beaches are back to their former glory already... and possibly even better than before. The Bioreefs have also created beautiful new environments for new coral and sea grass growth where fish and other marine life have made their homes and are now thriving. This is solid proof that wave-absorbing structures can grow beaches back. Seawalls are more expensive, more intrusive and actually accelerate coastal erosion. Dredging, sand dumping and other methods are equally ineffective. Gangga Island’s regrowth shows that the Biorock technology is the way forward for protecting our beaches, low islands and coasts. Billions of people’s homes and marine habitats can be saved with this simple, cost-effective method.
“Perfectly set under shady palms and surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens that run directly down to a beach of pure white sand, the resort is much more than just a paradise for divers. With just as much beauty above water as underwater, Gangga Island is both a diving paradise located as it is in the Golden Triangle offering some of the best diving in the world, and equally a perfect place for holiday makers, honeymooners and nature lovers looking for a beautiful tropical island retreat.”
Kim, the discoverer.
GENERALTotal number of rooms: 30
Time zone: (GMT+08:00) Singapore
Currency accepted: USD, IDR, EUR
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB, Diners, UnionPay
Electricity voltage: 220V
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ACCESSTransfers from and to Manado Airport or downtown can be arranged. About 70-90mn by car +20mn by boat.
Nearest Airport: Manado Airport (MDC) - 29 km
CONTACTGangga Island, Desa Gangga satu, Likupang Barat- 95375 Manado - North Sulawesi , Indonesia
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