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Dive Review of WAOW Charters in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat - the 4 kings

WAOW Charters: "Raja Ampat on the Waow does NOT disappoint", Jan, 2018,

by Holly Bent, HI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 10105 has 2 Helpful votes.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments After 15 previous liveaboard experiences and history of working in the industry, WAOW is the best boat we (my husband and I) have been on! This was the Raja 4 kings charter in Jan 2018 with 12 days and 11 nights.
The lay out of the vessel is superb. Even if we had, had a full charter, their is plenty of room to escape. (The hammocks on the forward deck were perfect to watch the sunset. ) This boat provides ultimate relaxation (privacy) or perfect socialization (whatever your seaking).
The meals, diving and overall experience is top notch. Teamwork among the staff is exemplary. Even the captain was present at every dive to help guests on and off the boat and onto the tenders.
The rooms are spacious and its nice to have a mini refrigerator. All the towels were new and fluffy, better than most hotels. They had a robe if you needed, which was of the same quality.
The diving in Raja is nearly always great, but I do believe that the reefs have improved since my last visit. We saw sharks and manta's on nearly every dive. The boat was careful to avoid other vessels, and we found ourselves diving in areas that others choose not to visit. Getting into the water is standard back roll off the tenders. Dives averaged 4 per day with bottom times of 70 minutes.
The boat employs a videographer, (who has been with the boat since its inception) who does a nice job of capturing the trip and giving you a FREE copy of the video before you leave. What a great perk.
Meals were phenomenal with buffet at breakfast and sit down for lunch and dinner. They catered to food allergy and would attempt to satisfy all special requests.
Although the charter is not cheap, it is money well spent. We are definitely going back...

Websites WAOW Charters   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia (extensive), Maldives, Palau, Yap, PNG, Philippines, Fiji, Caribbean, Hawaii, Australia, Coral Sea, New Zealand, California, Central America, Micronesia, Mexico, Tahiti, Solomons, and more
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There best via jakarta or bali thru makassar

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 4
Water Visibility 20-80 Ft/ 6-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Overall the handling of the photography equipment was the best I have encountered. I gave the boat facility a 4 stars, just due to the size of the camera room. WIth a full boat its size would be too small. I was extremely lucky, and was the only daily UWP. It is a good set up with plenty of storage shelves, the working counter space is small. For a full charter I would bring a power strip for charging.
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Subscriber's Comments

By Maria Chapman in TX, US at Jan 20, 2018 16:47 EST  
Thanks for the report. Reminds me of the captain on the old Archipelago boat. How was the food pls?
By report author: Holly Bent in HI, US at Jan 20, 2018 20:40 EST  
The food was great with an amazing variety... the meat is from Australia. Fresh produce, different soups every night as a starter to the meal. You could do special requests too. Iím a picky eater with a lot of food allergies... I just went over them with the kitchen staff on my arrival and it was no problem. They have a nice European and American influence... The captain worked very hard and was always involved in the day to day operations. I am missing my chocolate strudel for breakfast 😀
By Maria Chapman in TX, US at Jan 20, 2018 21:35 EST  
Tks Holly for the response. We have been to Indo and Raja Ampat before and hope to go back soon. Usually, we have had fabulous food everywhere, except on one boat, that should have been the best of them all but wasn't. Indonesian food is great, so we always eat that choice. Will certainly consider this liveaboard from your report. Safe diving :)
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