Sunset on the Waow. Indonesia, Raja Ampat, November 2015.
The sun will soon disappear on the horizon.

Set sail for Raja Ampat

  Indonesia: Banda + Raja Ampat - Oct-Nov 2015

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Heave high! I'm taking you back to Raja Ampat, on the most beautiful dive cruise ship, all sails out. The WaowThere is no need to say, he is aptly named ...

To hoist the sails to Raja Ampat

Waow burning

Updated February 2018. The Waow???? Unfortunately, this magnificent diving cruise ship that used to sail the waters of the Indonesian archipelago, and on which I had the chance to embark in 2015, no longer exists... ???? Unfortunately, it burned and sank in the bay of Cenderawasih, Indonesia, during the night of January 31 to February 1, 2018. I refer you to the message published on their Facebook page and on their site.

November 5, 2015. I am on board of Waow for a week. After the Banda Sea, we are now sailing between the Raja Ampat islands. Luxury, calm and voluptuousness…

→ Read also : Practical information to organize your trip to Raja Ampat

Between two dives, Raja Ampat.
Between two dives, Raja Ampat.
Well deserved rest on the sundeck ... Waow, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, November 2015.
Well deserved rest on the sundeck of Waow... (sigh)
The nice program of the day ...
The nice program of the day... After the dives, we hoist the sails at 4:30 pm!
The Waow usually sails with the engine, without the sails.
The Waow usually sails with the engine, without the sails.

In this month of November, it's not Christmas yet, but for me it's just like... That afternoon, after the day's dives, I run from one end to the other of the magnificent three-masted ship, my camera in hand, with the excitement of a child at the foot of the tree. Because today we hoist the sails!!!

I mean, "we"... it's the crew guys who stick to it. First, they start by climbing everywhere, on the rigging, the bowsprit, the yardsticks... I don't want to lose a crumb of the manoeuvre. With my head tilted back, I watch their progress up the masts. It's high, all the same... The summit is more than 40m high!

The Waow is sailing. Indonesia, Raja Ampat, November 2015.
It's not time to tie knots ...
Aboard the Waow, you have to be a sailor AND a balancing actor.
Aboard the Waow, you have to be a sailor AND a balancing actor.
It's active in yards and on all decks ...
It's active in yards and on all decks ...
The Waow is sailing. Indonesia, Raja Ampat, November 2015.
Looks like it's taking shape ...
The Waow is sailing. Indonesia, Raja Ampat, November 2015.
The wind begins to swell the sails.

It's slamming!

This time it's done. The engine's off. The three-masted ship is a real sailboat again! The wind slams the canvas, the noise is impressive. These dizzying sails unfurl and inflate, elegantly, above our heads.

Cannot fit them into the camera viewfinder frame. But how beautiful, how beautiful !!! I feel like becoming a pirate princess, a great explorer of the oceans - me who loves being on or under water, but knows little or nothing about sailing and sailing boats... 😆 (Note that I am one of the lazy ones who, under the pretext of taking pictures, just admire the crew's efforts).

The Waow is sailing. Indonesia, Raja Ampat, November 2015.
Vertiginous!!
The Waow is sailing. Indonesia, Raja Ampat, November 2015.
Wow, gently, going down ...

The Waow on parade

We're no longer making very fast headway, with just the right amount of wind to propel this huge 60m three-masted ship. So we sail peacefully, until the sun tilts its course on the horizon...

The Waow is sailing. Indonesia, Raja Ampat, November 2015.
Calm returned to the Waow bridges.
The Waow is sailing. Indonesia, Raja Ampat, November 2015.
In sailing, the cruising speed is very slow.
The Waow is sailing. Indonesia, Raja Ampat, November 2015.
Frenchies' corner.
On board the Waow. Indonesia, Raja Ampat, November 2015.
Nina, one of the diving instructors of the Waow...play the figurehead !

But it's almost time for the highlight of the show. We board the tenders to admire the boat from the outside. She looks great, with her sails, "my" princess boat!

Let's get loose with the cameras. Well, me, mostly... port side, starboard side. We turn around the ship to photograph it from all angles in the changing light of dusk.

A distant grey cloud suddenly turns yellow. Nature spoils us. An impromptu rainbow rises above the three-masted ship and soon a sumptuous sunset adorns the sails with fifty shades of gold... Magnificent !! !

The Waow, all sails out. Indonesia, Raja Ampat, November 2015.
The ship, all sails out, really looks.
A rainbow above the Waow. Raja Ampat, Indonesia, November 2015.
A rainbow nicely highlights the elegance of the three-master.
The Waow, all sails out. Indonesia, Raja Ampat, November 2015.
I think I like his port profile ...
Sunset on the Waow. Indonesia, Raja Ampat, November 2015.
The sun will soon disappear on the horizon.
Sunset on the Waow. Indonesia, Raja Ampat, November 2015.
The rays of the sunset light up the graceful silhouette of the ship.
Sunset on the Waow. Indonesia, Raja Ampat, November 2015.
In Chinese shadow, the Waow pretends to be a princess junk.
Sunset on the Waow. Indonesia, Raja Ampat, November 2015.
Magnificent !
Sunset on the Waow. Indonesia, Raja Ampat, November 2015.
The crew is bringing the sails when we get back on board. Then the sun dives into the sea and the sky turns pink.

Setting sail, really, there's nothing more exhilarating in the world! Literally and figuratively. The image of a sailboat on the horizon is enough to make you want to go elsewhere.

At the time I publish this post, I returned to Brittany since long weeks already. And at the beginning of the year 2016, I feel again torn by the desire to leave again, to set sail again ... It seems to me that I will never be satiated with seas and distant horizons.

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

  Indonesia: Banda + Raja Ampat - Oct-Nov 2015

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