MSY Waow Liveaboard Review

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MSY Waow dive boat review

Waow Charters are a Swiss company based in Indonesia. Originally founded by divers for divers, the sensational MSY Waow is the company’s titular flagship.

 

MSY Waow operates in the beautiful waters surrounding Indonesia where the South China Sea, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean converge. Sometimes known as the ‘coral triangle’. The scuba diving on offer in the area is nothing short of outstanding. The world’s largest archipelago of approximately 18,000 islands, there is exceptional marine biodiversity. Indonesian waters are claimed to be form an ecosystem of more than 3000 fish species. It’s on most divers’ ‘to do’ list!

 

 

Macro life here may include colourful nudibranchs, seahorses and pipefish for the eagle-eyed. Visibility in the waters here can be up to 50m (depending on conditions) Species sometimes identified in the waters here include moray eels, cuttlefish, octopus, turtles, trevally, groupers, frogfish, sharks and manta rays.
The vessel itself is remarkable. One of the most impressive yachts in the region. Four years in construction. She is wooden-hulled, built specifically to cater to divers. She began commercially operating in 2012.

 

At 58m long and more than 850 tonnes, this traditional 3-masted schooner is a devastingly beautiful sight as she cuts through the waves. She travels to all the key destinations in the area; Komodo, Raja Ampat, Wakatobi, Triton Bay…the list goes on. She also has a full complement or the latest safety and emergency equipment that belies her traditional silhouette. At her size, layout and prize range, there are no direct competitors. Her nearest rival in price could be Raja Ampat Aggressor which, while an excellent vessel, is a very different experience.

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Cabins and Boat Layout

 

The vast size of Waow means that she can easily accommodate 20 guests over 9 cabins.

 

mv waow deck plan liveaboard review

 

The cabins are all stylishly decorated and the options are as follows:

 

  • Deluxe Cabin – approximately 24m/sq in size – much larger than most other liveaboard safari boats, there are 6 deluxe cabins. Each features double/twin occupancy (depending on circumstance) and has an ensuite bathroom and air-conditioning.
  • Superior Cabin – approximately 25m/sq in size, these 2 superior cabins are located on the stern of the main deck. They include an aft lounging area.
  • Master Cabin – approximately 45m/sq in size, the single master cabin is spacious and luxurious. It even features it’s own private sun-deck!

 

Each cabin also has a fully equipped bathroom with towels, bathrobes and hairdryer. A fridge, desk and storage space with LED lighting.

 

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Deluxe cabin

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Superior cabin

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Master cabin

 

There is also wi-fi, flat-screen media facilities and an individual entertainment system in the cabin.

 

The food available from the restaurant and bar onboard is of the highest standard. The Indonesian chef onboard prepares delicious meals of local food and also of western flavours. There is something on offer to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

 

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Restaurant and bar

 

There is a dedicated camera room with charging stations, a shaded main deck area of 120m/sq with furniture and showers. For those wishing to relax and tan there an amazing 2 sundecks and a massage service.

 

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Sun deck

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Salon and dining area

 

For non-divers or those more active there are canoes and stand-up paddleboards for exploring. Or at some locations land tours are available.

 

 

Diving onboard Waow

 

The crew are as passionate about their work as they are experienced and aim to take you to some of the most exotic locations.

 

Multiple dive speed boats are operated from the main vessel to ensure small dive groups and maximum safety.

 

There are 12 litre tanks onboard in both DIN and yoke configuration. Or, of you’re a heavy breather, 15 litre tanks are available if specified at booking.

 

Nautilus Lifelines are provided to each diver to ensure safety due to the challenging nature and currents at some dive sites.

 

Nitrox is available onboard and highly recommended when making multiple dives.

 

 

Itineraries

 

Departing from San Cristobal, there are a choice of nearly 20 itineraries depending on season, which vary in length. Contact us for details or specific requirements. Individual dive site selection is obviously subject to the prevailing conditions.

 

Expect to pay around EUR5,565 for a 12 day trip. This equates to EUR375/day. Please note that this does not include some extras such as port/marine park fees, alcoholic drinks, crew tips

Where does this liveaboard dive boat go?

Check out the fabulous places where this dive boat travels to.
Note: some destinations may not be listed below, please enquire for more details.

Komodo Island

Diving in Komodo is all about action! It is BIG fishes land! With wonderful coral, it is just incredible diving all year round.

Komodo Island Diving Review

Wakatobi

Wakatobi has some of the finest coral in the world, amazing biodiversity and one of the best places in the world for macro photography! On the right day, the visibility can be outstanding!

Wakatobi Diving Review

Raja Ampat

Richest Reef in the World, Amazing Biodiversity, Wonderful Coral, perfect place for underwater photography.

Raja Ampat Diving Review

Gili Islands, Lombok

Diving in Gili islands is great for swimming with Turtles! It can also be a great spot to take your next diving course as the dives here are relatively cheap.

Gili Islands, Lombok Diving Review

Lembeh Strait

Best Muck Diving in the World! One of the Best spot in the World for Macro Underwater Photography. Amazing Biodiversity!

Lembeh Strait Diving Review

Bunaken, Manado

Diving in Bunaken is just fantastic for wall Diving, Coral gardens, endless visibility, incredible biodiversity. Also staying on an isolated island is something really special to experience!

Bunaken, Manado Diving Review

Tulamben

One of the best Wreck Dives in the World!!! And the most easy for sure, 30m from the Shore and starts at 4m deep! Fantastic Marine life and great Coral!

Tulamben Diving Review

Pemutaran, Lovina

No current, Good visibility, unusual Marine Life and one of the BEST Diving sites around Bali for Muck Diving: Puri Jati (P.J.).

Pemutaran, Lovina Diving Review

Padang Bai

Night Diving, Underwater Macro Photography, Resident Whitetip Reef Sharks, Huge green Turtles, and crystal clear water! Also a great Snorkelling spot!

Padang Bai Diving Review

Menjangan Island

Menjangan Island is famous worldwide for Wall diving with small caverns to explore. The reef and Coral are also great. A very nice wooden wreck from the 19th century: Anker Wreck.

Menjangan Island Diving Review

Nusa Penida / Nusa Lembongan

One of the best spots in the world to see the rare Mola Mola and the graceful Manta Rays! Big fishes and action with lots of sharks. Very good Visibility and stunning Coral.

Nusa Penida / Nusa Lembongan Diving Review

Candidasa

It is all about action! Big pelagic fishes, hunting action in the current, and many Sharks! Regular seeing of Hammerhead Sharks and Mola Mola!

Candidasa Diving Review

Bali

Diving in Bali is incredible for BIG Fishes, Macro Diving, Drift Diving and Excellent Visibility!

Bali Diving Review

Indonesia

Diving in Indonesia will suit every diver's hopes and desires. In a land of opportunity, dive spots range from those suited to beginner divers wishing to learn in perfect easy conditions to unexplored dive sites with fierce currents for those more experienced divers looking for a challenge.

Indonesia Diving Review

Amed

Magnificent coral, no current, relaxed and easy diving, possibilities for night diving, good place for underwater macro photography, and a great snorkelling spot.

Amed Diving Review

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Dive spots reviews in Indonesia & Komodo Island & Raja Ampat & Sulawesi & Wakatobi

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Batu bolong is a world class dive site! At the surface, we can just see a small rock with hole in it, but underwater it ...
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This dive site is maybe the most extreme of the Komodo National Park! It is a submerged pinnacle located southeast of La...
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Seraya Secret Dive site is THE best site for macro and muck Diving in Bali! It is a perfect place for night diving in Tu...
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Castle Rock is an amazing dive site in the Komodo Islands! It is a huge pinnacle underwater with a top at 4 m deep. As t...
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Lighthouse is a great dive site! Located in the North of Komodo Island National Park not far from castle rock and crysta...
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One of the best dive sites in Bali for muck diving and macro photography! This shallow black sand bay is host to all sor...
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Tatawa Kecil is a small island and is a magical world class dive site for a drifting! Be careful the current there can b...
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Crystal Bay is a very good dive site in Bali but reserved to experienced divers as the current can be quite strong and d...
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This is one of the best dive sites in Komodo national park. It is the best place to dive with manta rays. From September...
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Ghost bay diving site in Amed is an artificial reef with bottles, wheels, etc. But it is a wonderful place for underwate...

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