I am considering booking a trip next year to either Kauai or the Big Island. I am very familiar with Oahu and Maui but have never been to either of the others. (Molokai and Lanai seem a bit too laid back)
I like snorkeling and kayaking - not so much for hiking. Definitely some beach time, shopping and eating out. Looks like the Big Island doesn't have many beaches and the ones they have are small and black sand.
Where is the best place to stay on Kauai to stay connected but not too busy? Need to be fairly close to attractions and shopping but not necessarily right in town. I've heard Tunnels is the best beach to snorkel.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.