Is there more to do in Hilo or Kona?
Hilo definitely feels less touristy than Kona, which is a good thing. Hilo has some great rainforests and waterfalls in the area, so it's a good place for hiking and other outdoor activities. The Hilo side gets a lot more rain than Kona, so consider that as well.
How many days do you need on the big island?
If you really want to enjoy even a fraction of what the Big Island has to offer, you should plan on staying at least 7 days. However, we understand that reality often does not allow such a lengthy stay in Hawaii.
What side of the Big Island has the best beaches?
The Big Island's most popular beach is located on the Kohala Coast on the northwestern shore of the island. This half-mile stretch of white sand is loved by many for its calm swimming conditions that are perfect for families with younger kids, as well as great for bodyboarding and snorkeling.
So I would say if you're looking for a Big Island hike to do, then yes it can be totally worth it. (Also be sure to see more beach hikes on the Big Island with amazing views.) But if you're considering a visit here because you're wanting to see a super amazing color green sand beach, you may be disappointed.
The best time to visit Hawaii's Big Island is between September and November. That's when the island's generally reasonable room rates take the most significant plunge.
Which Island Has the Best Snorkeling? This is pretty easy to answer. The Big Island and Maui far exceed Oahu and Kauai in terms of the amount of snorkeling locations and the quality and quantity of healthy reefs, fish and other sea life. But if you really love snorkeling with Green Sea Turtles, then Maui has the edge.