My wife and I are healthy, active early 60's couple planning 1st trip to the Big Island. We will be there 2 weeks - beginning march 8th. We fly into and out of Kona. Arrive about 2PM and will likely stay close to the airport before heading to VNP area on the 9th. Plan to spend 3 nights there. VRBO or B&B or other suggestions for here? We will hike some on our own and maybe hire Hawaii Native Guide Warren for 1 day. We expect to spent maybe 1/2 of our time on the island birdwatching. We are on a budget, but not super tight. Expecting to pay maybe $125- $160/night on average - with some options to eat on our own. We will rent a car. We like to hike.
From VNP - we might drive to Hilo and on up the Hamakua Coast to Waimea. Looking at staying there 3 nights. Good location for seeing Waipio Valley, hopefully Hakalau NWR, etc. Suggestions on where to stay there?
From there, we want to find a nice place closer to the Kohala Coast better beaches and relax / sightsee for our last week. What are best options for where to base ourselves that last week and maybe specific suggestions for lodging?
What is weather likely to be like that time of year - in those locations?
How can we get some great authentic Hawaiian experiences - that are not in all the travel guides?
Thank you so much!!
Lot's of questions you can help with:)??