We just found a timeshare available for us to exchange into (husband, myself, and 9-year old son) for Spring Break next March in Kailua-Kona (Kona Reef). I've put it on hold for 24 hours while I do a little research, as I've been searching for something to be available for this specific week for several months!
Anyway, we have never been to the Big Island, and I'm wondering about staying on this side of the island vs. Hilo or somewhere else. We will rent a car and we love to explore, hike, snorkel, visit beaches, and in general see the sites. We've been to Oahu and Kaui and Big Island are on our list to visit next - we especially LOVED Kaui!
Is Kona an okay home-base for us? I really have not had much time to research this yet and need to make a decision quickly. If we stay there would it be wise to come a day or two early and stay in Hilo to visit the sights there?
Any guidance is much appreciated! THANKS!