The Management of Lotus Hotels & Resorts compliments Hanne Darbol and the Staff of Gangga Divers at Gangga Island Resort & SPA for having achieved the PADI Project AWARE "Go ECO" Operator status for the year 2009; we are proud of their achievement. Together with Gangga Divers at lotus Bungalows, Candidasa, Bali, this is the second Gangga Divers Team to achieve the award.
The Management of Lotus Hotels & Resorts wish them much success in their endeavor to continuously strive to maintain and strengthen their efforts toward environmental protection, and to maintaining this prestigious status within "Project AWARE".
More or less in the middle of the Indonesia' archipelago we find the unusual shaped island of Sulawesi, once called Celebes. The northern territory is a peninsula prolonging into two seas: the sea of Celebes at north-west and the sea of Moluccas at south-east. This is probably the marine area with the highest biodiversity in the world!
Two divers from Austria will say it is 100 % a true fact, and they can do it because they have just made their 500th dive in north Sulawesi! In April of 2003 they came for the first time to the little astonishing volcanic island of Gangga, and it was love at first sight. Otto and Helga Steinmann from Vienna had found their second home among the charming and fun loving people of Gangga Island.
But it was the diving into the fantastic waters of Gangga, Bangka and Talisei Islands, that keep them coming back year after year, often more times in a Year. Both of them know nothing better than trying out new places, the astonishing kaleidoscope of life forms is endless!
Otto turned 70 last year, and this May just as he became 71 he made his 500th dive at his favorites dive site, but that was a very difficult decision to make because of all the fantastic dive sites at Bunaken, Bangka, Lembeh, he loves them all, and with his own word he has just started the count for the nest 500th!
Biorock - Electrifying Sulawesi
Text by Sebastian Ferse, Photos by Sebastian Ferse and Wolfgang Pölzer
...In the so-called 'BioRock' technology, a low electrical current is sent through a metal construction submerged in the reef...
Es ist wieder soweit! 2008 steigt wieder der größte und renommierteste Digital Fotowettbewerb für Unterwasserfotografen. Wirodive Tauchreisen und die Zeitschrift Unterwasser bringen Sie mit Singapore Airlines in die größte Unterwasser Biosphäre der Welt. Die Provinz Nordsulawesi in Indonesien wird das Topziel der Fotografen, Freunde, Partner und Taucher sein. Nordsulawesi zählt zu den artenreichsten Gebieten dieser Welt. Erleben Sie die Critter Welt der Lembeh Strait, die Steilwände des Bunaken Nationalparks, die Makrowelt der Bangka Islands. Ihr Tauchurlaub in Kombination mit diesem Wettbewerb findet im GANGGA ISLAND RESORT & SPA**** statt. Traumhafte Lage, unberührte Strände und TOP-Tauchplätze erwarten Sie in Nordsulawesi!
The management of Gangga Island Resort & Spa is pleased to announce that they have taken over the management of two new resorts in Indonesia: Lotus Bungalows in Candidasa, Bali and Villa Almarik in Gili Trawangan, Lombok. The two new resorts are set in unique environments and have their own styles, but they share the Gangga standard of service and provide excellent access to the best diving spots in Indonesia.
Gangga Island Resort & Spa, located in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, has received worldwide recognition as a unique destination where divers can encounter incredibly diverse marine life from both the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The resort provides easy access to both Bunaken National Marine Park and Lembeh Strait making it a favorite for underwater photographers. For both divers and non-divers the picturesque white sand beach, large salt-water pool, traditional spa and high quality of service at Gangga Island Resort will guarantee peace, tranquility and relaxation.
Lotus Bungalows is an excellent stepping-stone to discovering the unknown treasures of east Bali. Situated away from the tourist areas, it is perfect for those who are ready to discover the cultural and underwater gems of Bali. Guests at Lotus Bungalows can spend their days diving, trekking or exploring cultural sites.
Villa Almarik is located on Gili Trawangan, a small beautiful island that can be easily reached from Lombok International Airport. Vila Almarik guests will experience the serenity of a small island, the excitement of the underwater world and the energy of the island's nightlife. A perfect place to dive with barracudas, mola-mola, manta rays and sharks., and last but not least hundreds of turtles.
Gangga Divers will manage all diving activities in cooperation with local partners and guarantee that the quality of personalized service and attention to safety at each of the new resorts will reflect the high standards associated with Gangga Divers. Both of our new dive centers will be "PADI Gold Palm" and operate according to the highest PADI standards.
The management of Gangga Island Resort & Spa is looking forward to welcoming new guests and old friends to the two new members of its family. For more information please contact:
www.ganggaisland.com - www.lotusbungalows.com - www.almarik-lombok.com
The Indonesian Government has increased the number of countries whose nationals can enjoy the Visa on Arrival Facility (VOA) upon landing at an Indonesian international gateway to 52.
The 52 nations now on the VOA list whose citizens can purchase a seven-day visa for US$10 or a thirty-day visa for US$25 are:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, People's Republic of China, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Suriname, Taiwan, The Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America.
Source: Bali Discovery
Gangga Island Resort has recently joined "Turtle Unlimited", a group of nature lovers with the main aim to re-populate Indonesia's coastline with endangered marine turtles.
On June 05, 2005 the first turtles that were breeded and hatched at the resort were realeased into the wild.
Please visit our Turtle Unlimited page for more information.