Raja Ampat - General Advice
First time poster, but have read most of the posts regarding Raja Ampat. Any advice or information I appreciate and thank you in advance. There isn't a ton of information on Raja Ampat out there, and most of it tends to be dive-related, so I figured I'd turn to the best source, you guys.
We would be a group of 6 looking to book a private charter for 7 nights next Feb 2019. 4 of us are divers, 2 are not. The 4 divers are not hard-core divers, we may opt to do 5 or 6 dives total during the week trip. We enjoy diving, but don't want to do it nonstop the whole trip. I have done a few drift dives, I don't believe the others have. I/we enjoy free diving / snorkeling just as much as diving. The non-divers enjoy snorkeling.
So you may ask, if not hard core divers, then why Raja Ampat? We're looking for remote, pristine off the beaten path, marine / tropical trip. Would also like to do some quality snorkeling/diving as mentioned above. RA seems to fit the bill. We would be perfectly content anchoring in a secluded cove, snorkeling and kayaking around for the day (to give you an idea of what we're looking for). You may ask why not do a resort? We like the freedom of the charter and like I mentioned - want to get away from it all and be remote.
Now for my questions:
- How rough would be seas be in February as we move between locations? We have some concerns about sea-sickness
- Is there enough "to do" in the area for non-diving activities? Hike Pulau Wayag for example, visit Pasir Timbul beach, Painamo Star Lagoon, etc
- Are there other locations more suitable for something like this? I've looked at other pacific island locations, but none seem to have the high quality snorkeling/diving, remoteness, charter option