Waow at sunset.

Waow, my new diving princess boat

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  Indonesia: Banda + Raja Ampat - October 2015

I returned from Indonesia three days before the terrorist carnage in Paris on November 13, 2015. I had begun to write this light article, happy, carefree, before the tragedy ...

How to celebrate the beauty of the world, after the horror of this bloody Friday? How to speak of joie de vivre, travel and diving?

I decided to publish this article anyway. To be on the side of life. To put blue in the dark. Because the Paris motto, Fluctuat NEC mergitur, really makes sense in this sad context ...

Maluku to Raja Ampat

So this is it. I lived a fabulous adventure, on distant seas, aboard a beautiful ship like a pirate princess ship: the Wow.

Waow? This is the acronym for World Adventure Ocean Wide. This is the exclamation we let slip when we discover this three-masted end as a bird (as in the song): "Waow! "

Waow burningUpdated 2018. The Waow, this magnificent dive-cruise boat aboard which I had the chance to embark on in 2015, no longer exists ... 😢 He unfortunately burned and sank, in Cenderawasih Bay, Indonesia, at night January 31 to February 1, 2018. I refer you to the message posted on their Facebook page and on their site.

60 meters long, 11 wide and 10 high, 800 tons. It was built between 2008 and 2012, while ironwood, this rot-resistant "steel wood", modeled after the traditional Indonesian transport boats called Pinisis.

Sunset on the Waow, all sails out.
Sunset on the Waow, all sails out.

I had already mentioned this boat in my article "pratico-pratique" on Raja Ampat, more than two years ago (in the chapter on cruises and dives). I did not know then Wow than reputation: a luxury ship, specially designed for divers, making routes of madness in the Indonesian archipelago, in the heart of the "Coral Triangle". What to dream ...

The dream has come true! I'm coming of a twelve-day cruise to Indonesia on the Wow, in the seas of Banda and Seram. I put you below the map that summarizes the journey and the dives.

Secrets od Seram. Diving cruise on the Waow, from October 27 to November 8, 2015.

From Ambon to Sorong, from the Moluccas to Raja Ampat, far from the fury of the world, one can only marvel at the beauty of nature and the seabed.

I had a lot of fun ...

Red Lionfish. Archipelago of Banda, Maluku, Indonesia, October 2015.
Red Lionfish. Archipelago of Banda, Maluku, Indonesia, October 2015.
Divers moving above the coral reef. Kurkap Island, Maluku, Indonesia, October 2015.
Divers moving above the coral reef. Kurkap Island, Maluku, Indonesia, October 2015.
South of Misool Island. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.
South of Misool Island. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.

On the road of spices

October 27, 2015. First night on board. In the dim light of my cabin, I watch for unknown noises. The boat creaks and sighs, splitting the waves. There is the muffled purring of engines in the distance and the shuddering of the nearby water against the wood of the hull. I tame the sounds that surround me.

But the sea is calm and the roll will remain moderate throughout the crossing. We make our way to the legendary Banda Islands, the spice islands (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove) that made the fortune of the VOC, the Dutch East India Company in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Filming in the wake of the great navigators of yesteryear has something exhilarating.

Read also → Banda, the fabulous spice islands

The archipelago of Banda is revealed in the early morning. Maluku, Indonesia, October 2015.
The archipelago of Banda is revealed in the early morning. Maluku, Indonesia, October 2015.
Waow in the Banda archipelago. Maluku, Indonesia, October 2015.
Waow in the Banda archipelago. Maluku, Indonesia, October 2015.
The Waow crew maneuvering in the Banda archipelago. Maluku, Indonesia, October 2015.
The Waow crew maneuvering in the Banda archipelago. Maluku, Indonesia, October 2015.

This first evening, as we have just left the port of Ambon, the gentle sway of Wow rocks me.

I have the impression that the boat is alive. I can almost hear him breathing with every wave he splits. A reassuring, soothing sensation that helps me slowly slip into sleep.

Under water

But I can not wait to get back under the surface. The diving equipment is ready. And my camera already in his box, ready for the first immersion in the early morning. I do not know yet, this first night, what I'm going to see under the water ...

There will be massive hammerhead sharks and the whirlpools of silver trevallies. The clouds of blue ballista and yellow-backed fusiliers, the sparkling waterfalls of the glass fish, the colorful flutter of the butterfly fish ... And then also the graceful green turtles, the huge humpback parrotfish, the majestic napoleons. The bright yellow benches of the snappers and the delicate interlacing of the giant gorgonians ...

Glass fish in Raja Ampat. West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.
Glass fish in Raja Ampat. West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.
Gorgon Giant at Misool. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.
Gorgon Giant at Misool. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.
Yellow snappers with blue stripes in Mioskon. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.
Yellow snappers with blue stripes in Mioskon. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.
Hump parrot. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.
Hump parrot. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.

I brought tons of photos, which I finally find time to sort, now that I'm back under the gray Breton sky. I'll come back and show you all that soon!

😉

I was the guest of Wow from October 27 to November 8, 2015, for this diving cruise called "Secrets of Seram". All opinions expressed here remain 100% mine. 

  Indonesia: Banda + Raja Ampat - October 2015

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