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Which area to stay for 10 days this January?

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Which area to stay for 10 days this January?

I am going to the Big Island the first part of January with my family of 5 (my kids are all in their 20's) and we are looking for a place to stay. We have stayed previously at Volcanoes and in Kona and are thinking of trying the northern part of the island. I'm a little worried about rain on the east side but perhaps 4 nights there and 5 nights on the west? We like to hike, bike, and snorkel. Resort amenities not necessary. Thank you TA friends for any advice.

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1. Re: Which area to stay for 10 days this January?

If you want to snorkel, you want to be on the west side. No beaches or shore snorkeling north of Kawaihae, so if you stay up there you will be driving to the shore spots in South Kohala or Kona.

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2. Re: Which area to stay for 10 days this January?

Sounds like if you've stayed in Kona and in Volcano, that a South Kohala stay would be a good choice. Lots of excellent snorkeling nearby and many hikes within a reasonable drive. Also, much less vog and traffic than down in Kona.

Biking is a lot more of a challenge anywhere on this island; road biking is very dangerous (except inside the resorts) and there are very few trails.

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3. Re: Which area to stay for 10 days this January?

Thank you so much! No one has recommended the east side so I will book something in south Kohala. One more question: If road biking isn't good, how about mountain biking? Any good trails for that?

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