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WAOW Charters, a swiss company based in Bali, Indonesia ... 

WAOW Charters

WAOW Charters Benoa Serangan Harbor Bali Indonesia - Luxury liveaboard for dive charters and cruises

WAOW Charters

'WAOW' meaning “Water Adventure Ocean Wide” stems from our love of the ocean and diving and our willingness to commit to projects providing the necessary infrastructure for passionate people to dive and explore the beauty of the Indonesian Archipelago.

Below you will find a short profile on the principle people involved in our current projects for both the 60m liveaboard and the 14m dive catamaran.

Meet the Staff

Michel Deville creator of the luxury Liveaboard WAOW for dive charters in Indonesia

Michel Deville

It is he who has dreamt of this ship, so hard, that he just couldn’t sleep any more.

Setting this project into motion he thought he would be able to sleep again, oh no! Maybe he will sleep again once the project is finished.. In the meantime, even with no sleep, he gets worried, exasperated, excited, and emotional, wound up, but generally loves every minute of it. I guess we could summarize all this by saying. “He’s fully living his adventure”.

Founder of the laboratory BIOLOGO S.A in Switzerland, he has had the opportunity to express his tenacity by combating the Swiss Authorities (Swissmedic) for the recognition of alternative medicines.

He was not content with just this however, with an entrepreneurial spirit, it was in 1991 when, with Christophe Paul, he was one of the two founders of ABYSS World, a company reputed for the conception and organisation of dive voyages all around the globe. Michel is also very creative, definitely an eccentric artist.

So motivated in his search for different ideas and forms his entourage often needs to calm him and channel his creative energies. With this distinctive side, the final decorations of the boat will be his private mission and personal statement.


Julia Deville co-founder - luxury Liveaboard WAOW for dive charters in Indonesia

Julia Deville

Wife of Michel, hobby diver and photographer, she has resigned from her job as an industry Key account manager, technical support and project manager which she held for over 18 years, to join the challenging project MSY WAOW.

She coordinates and manages the numerous projects undertaken by her and Michel, among which the commercialisation of MSY WAOW and our web site www.waowcharters.com.


Gérard Schoch co-founder - luxury Liveaboard WAOW for dive charters in Indonesia

Gerard Schoch

A long term friend of Michel, Gerard is also a very successful entrepreneur.

He began by directing a large European publishing house. A communicator of the highest level, he created an advertising and public relations company, SPEOS CONSEIL.

He is best known in Geneva as the founder of one of the first private radio stations in Switzerland, Radio Lac. A station which was recently sold by Gerard to take his well earned retirement.

Remaining very active due to his enthusiasm and love of action, he is definitely nonstop. He remains very active as a consultant in communication and as mentioned is very passionate about the project of “WAOW”. He has taken on this project at full speed and has put his arm into the grease just to the elbow.

His management and communication experience will automatically position him as the team leader and person responsible for the communication and public relations.


Reto Schlaepfer Cruise Director aboard the luxury Liveaboard WAOW for dive charters in Indonesia

Reto Schläpfer

Born in Switzerland, Reto has been living in Indonesia since 2005. With far more than one string to his bow, Reto joined the team at WAOW in August 2014 and is one of the Cruise Directors onboard. He speaks French, German, English and Indonesian.

While studying Sociology and Anthropology at the Bale University he discovered scuba diving and his passion moved quickly towards this domain. He became an Instructor and also obtained his Diploma in Marine Biology at the University of Portsmouth in England.

Once in Bali he became a manager at one of the large dive centers on the Island. In 2009, he became involved in another huge project, to entirely renovate a historic Dutch Schooner and create a class charter vessel, The Adelaar. Reto succeeded in this challenge with enormous effort and became a reference in the world of diving and yachting.

An accomplished navigator, manager and instructor, Reto is a well known professional whose passion remains intact. He brings to WAOW a great deal of experience of both the waters and culture of Indonesia.

When Reto is not onboard he lives in Sanur Bali with his Indonesian wife and two children. His interests include surfing, photography and water sports.


Wulan Sane Assistant Director of the luxury Liveaboard WAOW for dive charters in Indonesia

Wulan Sane

Wulan is our Indonesian fairy godmother who has always been able to open doors we never thought we could get into.

She has been involved in the WAOW project from the beginning, including the entire building and development project.

Originating from Padang Bay in Bali, she comes from a traditional Hindu family and always reminds us on what day we should be blessing the boat, the crew, or simply embracing life. Wulan works out of our Bali office and handles administration, accounting and logistics.

She is Andrews’ right arm and has been from the beginning. Wulan now shares her time between the Bali office and working as one of our onboard Assistant Cruise Directors.


Stéphane Griveau sales manager for the luxury Liveaboard WAOW for dive charters in Indonesia

Stéphane Griveau

As an expert in dive travel for over 20 years, Stéphane has practiced his art working with Tour Operators in both France and Switzerland, always on a search for the most beautiful spots and the best products.

More than just a career, travel and diving are for him a true passion and he is able to advise you on the minutest detail for over 80 destinations world-wide.

Stephane has dived many of the worlds’ oceans and premier spots including the Mediterranean, Pacific, Red Sea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Reunion Islands, Maldives, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Polynesia, Fiji, Galapagos and a good part of the Caribbean.

Our Frenchy joined the team at Waow in August 2013 to look after sales and marketing and he will provide all his vast experience in helping organize your cruise onboard WAOW.


WAOW staff Rudy cruise director assistant aboard the luxury liveaboard cruising in Indonesia

Rudy Priatna

Originally from West Java, Rudy (a.k.a Rudster) studied Interior design before realising that wasn’t exactly what he wanted to do.

He worked in hospitality for several years from 2004 after moving to Bali and managed restaurants and bars. In 2009 Rudy started working for a yacht consulting company based out of Jakarta. As a real “jack of all trades” he covered aspects from design thru to the more technical aspects. The company Rudy was working for was assisting in our rigging project and in 2011, he decided to join WAOW full time. Rudy works as the assistant cruise director onboard and rotates with Wulan in our Bali office.


Guislain Pennaneac'h - Cruise DIrector onboard WAOW Indonesia

Guislain Pennaneac'h

Born on the edges of the Leman Lake in France, Guislain discovered scuba diving at the age of 15. This passion never left him and he went on to dive in both the Mediterranean and Red Sea.

With a degree in history in the pocket, he headed off hitch hiking around Europe for over a year before moving over to Malaysia, Thailand Cambodia and Laos. It was in Malaysia that he decided to become a dive instructor and therefore travelled to Indonesia (Palau Weh) to finish the course and diplomas. Guislain then headed back to Malaysia and Thailand to gain some experience before returning to Indonesia to put his anchor down. He travelled the lengths of the archipelago and was stunned by the amazing biodiversity that is on offer. (A passion he loves to share with the guests). Cruise Director on a liveaboard in Komodo for more than a year, it was with great enthusiasm that he joined Team Waow in 2016 to take up the same job. Guislain speaks French and English fluently, plus some German and Indonesian.  


Lorine Grandjean  - Cruise DIrector onboard WAOW Indonesia

Lorine Grandjean

Since she started diving, Lorine has never stopped being mesmerized by the sea and its wonders. 

Aware of its numerous environmental challenges, she gets involved in marine conservation projects, taking part in building artificial reefs or leading dive cleanups in Maldives, Thailand as well as Indonesia. While studying Film at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, she continued to dive in warm waters whenever possible. Before becoming a full time professional diver, Lorine worked as a producer and editor, as well as a hospitality manager collaborating with numerous international cultural events based in Switzerland. Her wide-ranging experience and multi-skilled profile have led her to join the team at WAOW in December 2016 as one of the Cruise Directors onboard. A dreamer and passionate diver from Lausanne, Switzerland, she loves to listen to and tell diving stories in different languages, even in an "everyday better" Indonesian.


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