We are staying at the Hilton Waikoloa Village with family fun package & 2 free adult buffet . I just checked the buffet cost , and they are $35 adult (13 and over) and $15 for kids. We are traveling with 13 and 11 year old, so this means it will still cost us $50 every day!
Providing an exceptional program for large or small groups that want to take advantage of the numerous dining and entertainment options available within Hilton Waikoloa Village , the All – inclusive Dining Plan is available for $150 per person per day and the All – Inclusive Beverage Plan is available for $75 per person per
Situated on a rugged stretch of Big Island lava coastline, Hilton Waikoloa Village features a unique, ocean-fed lagoon with its own white sand beach . Rent hydro-bike, kayaks, paddleboats, or water bikes and see colorful reef fish and green sea turtles (or honu in Hawaiian).
Hilo is more affordable and has more local character. 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.
The Big Island is the third most visited in Hawaii and offers accommodation for all budgets. It tends to be cheaper than Maui and it has two very different sides: Kona (west side) and Hilo (east side). In Kona there are many resorts and hotels with prices usually a bit higher than in Hilo.
Kauai vs The Big Island : Accommodation The Big Island has two very different sides. Kona (west side) is more developed than Hilo (east side) and you’ll find more options in terms of resorts and hotels. In Kauai , most of the lodging options can be found on the eastern and southern side of the island.
Re: Can you buy a pass to the Hilton Village pools for the day? As previously discussed here, yes, anyone can go into the lagoon. As far as non-registered guests using the pools , this, too, has been discussed here.
From West to East of the Big Island You’ll likely want to split your stay between Kailua-Kona on the west side and Hilo (or Volcano) on the east side during your trip. This will alleviate a lot of extra driving and allow you to experience both sides of the island.