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Ganga Island in north Sulawesi

Ganga island

Ganga island is an island located in the north of Sulawesi. It takes one hour by car to drive from Manado airport to the small village with a little harbour. From here it takes a half-hour again to crossover the sea to the island. The boat waits already and the crew is ready for the ride on a cloudy and windy day.

The crossover to the island wasn’t pleasant because of the windy day. However, the boat had to fight against the high waves and strong currents. Both engines ran loud at full power. At least a lifebelt and life jackets are enough available on the boat.

This charming tropical island is a perfect place for watching dramatically sunsets or amazing stargazing. The blue ocean and the white beach give the perfect image of a tropical paradise.

The islands around Ganga are all diving locations and are well visited by divers. Another diving paradise is around Bunaken island. This island is more than an hour boat ride away from Ganga in front of Mando.
However, it’s a diving paradise and well equipped with a scuba diving centre. The guys around Johann are lovely people. Always ready to help and support. Diving in the blue ocean is a great experience. The colourful fishes, starfish and corrals are a fascinating underwater world.

During my first visit to Manado, I’ve fascinated by the amazing and beautiful sunsets. Also from Ganga island, the sunsets fascinated me so much again and all the time I spend on the island. It’s a stunning moment when the sun just drops into the ocean.

At the night the sky is so clear and with low light pollution, it’s so easy to watch the stars. The southern constellations and the Milkyway are easy to identify and stargazing is so emotional.