We're planning a return to Hawaii next March, and are thinking about staying on the Big Island this time. Although we both love the ocean, we don't hang out full days on the beach, nor do we snorkel or dive. Right now I'm leaning towards staying in the Hilo area, because we will definitely want to visit the VNP, as well as some of the areas to the north. We'd also drive to the Kona coast in our explorations, but I'm thinking Hilo might make a better home base for us.
Would welcome opinions from those who have visited this island!