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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 9 Helpful votes). Report 10105 has 2 Helpful votes.

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 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 4
Water Visibility 20 to 80 Feet

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 For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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. WI ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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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 forw ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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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 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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