We plan to stay on the BI for two weeks at the end of March next year. We have relatives who have chosen to stay in Kona (White Sands Village) but we like the sound of the Kohala Coast much more (less vog, better weather, closer to nice beaches, snorkelling, and hiking). We're thinking if we want to see our relatives every couple of days we could all meet up somewhere - likely near us, as we're staying in a nicer area :) We realize this means someone will have a drive of about an hour.
First, does this decision seem to make sense - in particular, it is based on anticipated Kona vog and weather at the end of March, and whether snorkelling conditions are good on the Kohala Coast at that time.
Second, can you recommend a condo - we are considering Waikoloa Colony Villas but are open to suggestions. We are a family of four, with kids aged 8 and 11. Here are our criteria:
MUST have a kitchen and a reasonably nice pool. Must come in under $200 a night, and the further under, the better!
NO NEED for access to golf, restaurants, or shopping. No need for luxury furnishings either.
We would really like a clean, quiet complex, beautiful grounds, and walking access (up to 15 minute walk as long as its not along a busy road) to a beach. If that beach has nice sand or good snorkelling (intermediate level is fine) so much the better!
Thanks everyone for your thoughts!