DIVING IN NORTH SULAWESI
North Sulawesi, with its calm and tranquil diving, clear water and steep walls at Bunaken is a diverse destination. On the north coast of Sulawesi there are black sand muck dives with critters that the mind could not imagine. We love Gangga Island Resort, located on Gangga Island and Siladen Island Resort, surprisingly on the Island of Siladen.
GANGGA ISLAND RESORT
With large rooms stretched along the beach front, a spa, massive pool and incredible food, this is the place to go when you want to combine a relaxing vacation with world class diving. They dive all of the macro sites of North Sulawesi and the fish rich sites of Banka and Ganga Islands. Gangga Island Resort is the creation of Gaspare and Hanne Davi, the dynamic duo from Denmark and Italy. They should have retired long ago, but their dynamism and love for Indonesia and the sea keeps them within the dive world. Gangga island is home only to the resort and two tiny villages. They have been an inspiration to us.
SILADEN ISLAND RESORT
Siladen is different to Gangga because it is smaller and some say more cosy. The island however is more busy and home to more resorts and villages. It also has first class cooking and the food is exquisite. But the main difference between Gangga Island Resort and Siladen Resort is the diving. While both resorts access the macro diving sites, the diving in Siladen is more wall diving, rather than the reefs of Banka. There is a difference which is down to personal taste. Siladen is the baby of Danielle Marianelli and his family. A true character and first class diver, Danielle is a great friend.
We love both resorts, and both families who have created such unique dive locations. Why not try our unique two centre holiday, with a week of reef diving in Gangga and then a week on the walls of Siladen. Ask us how to make this happen.
Flying to Manado could not be easier. From most parts of the world, the fastest way to get there is via Singapore or Jakarta. From there, take Garuda Airlines or Silk Air to Manado’s Sam Ratalungi Airport. Visas are available on arrival for so many nations. Then our people will collect you at the airport of Manado. An hours drive followed by a short hop on the boat brings you to either paradise.
Packages are available from:
Siladen Resort Accomodation & Dive Package: 7 nights accommodation in double or twin garden view bungalow, all meals, airport transfers, 6 x 2 dives (12 pp) included: 1945 USD per person
Add Nitrox for 95 USD per person / Upgrade to Ocean View Bungalow for an additional 330 USD per person / High Season (August) attracts a surcharge /Park fees Bunaken not included, 5 USD per person per day (50.000 Rup / Full set rental gear 30 USD per day.
Gangga Island resort: