Still in the final planning stages of our Feb 2013 trip to the BI and Maui. I am debating a last minute change in the BI hotel, and wanted your expert opinions and advice:
I am on the BI for work at the Hilton Waikoloa (not my choice, just where I have to go for work). My husband is joining later and we are spending a few days on the West Coast of the BI, before heading to VNP and then to Maui. Our goal in our few days on the BI is to hit some nice beaches, which I hear are generally in the Kohala area (not Kona) and to do some off-shore snorkeling (we were shooting for a boat-based tour of Keelakekua Bay/Honaunau Bay area, for example).
Our original plan was to change hotels when my husband arrived, and stay two nights at the King Kam Marriott in Kona, as it was closer to the snorkeling sites/Kona. Plus, it seemed like a little bit nicer of a hotel in general, and not as "showy" as the Waikoloa, which isn't really our style. But, now I am realizing it is further from the beaches we'd like to hit, and has no real beach of its own. Plus, it is about $40/night more expensive that the rate at Waikoloa.
Given that most of the stuff we plan to do is outside anyway, does it sound like a better plan to just stay at the Hilton so we are closer to the beaches and maybe have better weather? Or, switch to a little better hotel in Kona (which is closer to the snorkel sites), but farther from beaches? Does it even matter?? Looks like they are about 40 minutes apart, so perhaps it isn't a big deal either way?
I know I'm probably overlooking some other factors (is the city of Kona itself worth spending time in? better dining options? etc etc...), so please weigh in on anything you can see that I've overlooked in making my decision. The only other factor I can think of, is that we are taking the Northern route around the island to get to HVNP, so it will be closer from Waikoloa.
Thanks in advance!!