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Welcome to our October 2016 Newsletter
     

Completely... Hammerheads!
Between the exploration of the Forgotten Islands and the crossing of the Banda and Seram seas, the month of October has passed well and truly under the sign of the Hammerheads onboard WAOW. October is one of the best seasons to see these amazing pelagics in this area of the archipelago and fortunately we were well and truly on time for our appointment. Don't forget to read the article and watch the video dedicated to the Forgotten Islands produced by Nathalie Lasselin.
For the October newsletter we are proposing a special anniversary event in Switzerland on November 18, some special offers and some early bird specials for the 2017 Komodo season.

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Special Anniversary Evening

On Friday night the 18th of November, the team at WAOW are pleased to invite you to a special evening in Switzerland (for those of you in the region), at the Moulin en Clarens in the region of Vich (VD), not far from Nyon and the "Lac Leman".

From 18.30 onwards join us at an enchanting location to dive into the world of WAOW:
- Presentation of our program and itineraries for 2019.
- Projection of some of the most beautiful videos, shot underwater, during the last 5 years of cruises.
- Projection of the film "L'histoire d'un geant" (in French) on the construction of the boat.

All in the atmosphere of a convivial cocktail party.
 
To participate is simple : please RSVP by email to stephane@waow.ch with your name and complete contact details. You will then receive your personnal invitation and all the information about how to get to the event. Please note that the capacity of the chosen venue is only 100 people so please contact us as soon as is possible for you.


A forgotten treasure  

At the beginning of October, we took 12 passengers on an exploration of the Forgotten Islands for 12 nights, during a crossing from Maumere to Saumlaki. On this trip we travelled 1050 nautical miles to rediscover some of the mythical remote sites and to discover new ones. 


Apart from the well-preserved reefs we encountered rare rhinopias, pygmy sea horses and ghost pipe fish, but the real stars of the show were the sharks. Hammerheads (9 consecutive dives in their presence with sometimes up to 100), but also a whale shark, thresher, white and black tips, nurse (of good size), greys, silky and silver tips. We even saw a sperm whale during that trip! A festival that we rarely have the chance to see. A true divers paradise.

The film director and dive explorer Nathalie Lasselin was onboard for the voyage and immortalized several sequences. A huge thank you to her for some of the amazing images and for her ever present humor and stories. Her articles will appear in both Canada and France in specialized press and we will keep you posted with more details as they become available.

Click here to watch Nathalie's video.
Click here to watch Nathalie's video.

Here are the testimonials we received for the cruise:

"An trip to remember! Adorable, smiling and professional crew. Pristine diving on breathtaking reefs"
Pascal B. - France 

"The highlight of that cruise is being the only ones on the divesites. Reef are so preserved, with plenty of life and diversity".
Marie JosÚ D. - Canada 

"Great boat, great crew, Great food, great diving and great storm!"
Jeffrey H. - USA 


Magical Moluccas & 
Banda Discovery

TTwo exclusive itineraries await you on April 2017, to dive out of the beaten paths. 

Magical Moluccas from 1st to 13th April 2017
From Bitung to Ambon. From the macro fauna of the Lembeh Straits to that of Ambon Bay. This exceptional exploration crosses the isolated plateaus of Tifore, in the middle of the Molucca Sea, and comes via the preserved sites of South Halmahera. An amazing combination of sites showcasing the marine diversity of the Indonesian Archipelago.

Banda Discovery from 16th to 28th April 2017
From Ambon to Maumere. Providing both beautiful reefs with pelagic encounters this cruise will take you to the Lucipara Atoll, situated in the middle of the Banda Sea, followed by the celebrated Wakatobi National Park, to the South West of the Celebes Islands. Two marine oasis where a number of species find their refuge and food sources from the open oceans. We intend to be in the front row.

Early Bookings - 
Komodo 2017 


Launched on the 1st of October, our early bird specials for Komodo in 2017 have been welcomed with great success. If you would still like to take advantage of these very special offers please be reminded you need to make your booking before November 30th 2016.
 
The discounted cruises are the following:

1st-12th May 2017 - "East meets West" cruise
Maumere - Bali / 11 nights
Discount of 500 CHF

16th - 26th May 2017 - " Dragons & Gods" cruise 
Bali - Labuan Bajo / 10 nights
Discount of 500 CHF

28th May - 07th June 2017 - "Dragons & Gods" cruise 
Labuan Bajo - Bali / 10 nights
Discount of 500 CHF

16th - 26th July 2017 - " Dragons & Gods" cruise 
Bali - Labuan Bajo / 10 nights
Discount of 500 CHF

28th July - 05th August 2017 - " Total Komodo" cruise 
Labuan Bajo - Bima / 8 nights
Discount of 400 CHF

07th - 15th August 2017 - "Total Komodo" cruise 
Bima - Labuan Bajo / 8 nights
Discount of 400 CHF

17th - 27th August 2017 - " Dragons & Gods" cruise 
Labuan Bajo - Bali / 10 nights
Discount of 500 CHF

1st - 12th September 2017 - East meets West" cruise 
Bali - Maumere / 11 nights
Discount of 500 CHF


(1)This offer is not cumulative with the repeaters discount, half or full charter discount or any other current offers.
 

Celebrate Christmas and New Year in Raja Ampat !

From December 23rd 2016 to January 3rd 2017, embark on WAOW for a special Xmas - New Year cruise for 11 nights in Raja Ampat, and take advantage of a CHF 750.00 reduction


Our very talented chef Ardi will serve up some scintillating delights while the crew will take care of your every need and comfort. Enjoy the magic of Raja Ampat both above and below the water while bringing in 2017 in style.

Please be quick we only have a couple of places left.

For more infos about that cruise, click here.

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Photos Credits : All photos have been taken during cruises onboard WAOW.
Julia Deville - Nathalie Lasselin - Franz Hajek - Glen Cowans - Stefan Kilby - Arturo Telle Thiemann - Steve Noble