Midsummer is traditionally the lowest wave heights of the year. If you want major waves, you need to go in the winter season. That's when the storms in the North Pacific send big waves toward Hawaii.
Having said that, you can often see "larger than normal" surf at places like Pupukea, Chun's Reef, Sunset, Pipeline, or Waimea Bay, all on Oahu. Makaha has the highest average surf on the island, but summer heights are kind of a toss up. Maybe. Pick any Oahu timeshare, since they're all a bit of a drive from the north shore. KoOlina or Aulani would get you closer to Makaha. On Oahu, "action" equals Waikiki. Several timeshare choices there and they're all within walking distance to things.
The Big Island doesn't have a lot of big surf, and minimal "action." Same with Kauai, other than surf on the north shore in winter. No "action" to speak of.
Maui has bigger surf on the north side, but "Jaws" that you've heard about is a wintertime thing, for the same reason as on Oahu. Most of the "action" will be in Lahaina or along the Ka'anapali side.
So if you're locked in to going in July, there isn't much hope of seeing big surf. Nice surf, Excellent surf, Great shore break surf, yes. But nothing I'd consider "big surf."
All in, at that time of year, pick Oahu. Stay anywhere, and drive to the north shore beaches when you want to see waves.
I think it really depends on what you're after in a Hawaiian vacation. If you're looking for a big lavish resort without the need to go anywhere else while on vacation, then I can see this. But we had a great time at Wyndham Kona on Big Island and Pono Kai (non-Wyndham, available via RCI or rental from an owner) on Kaua'i last year. We loved exploring both islands and experiencing local people and culture. (and I say this as a huge Disney fan and prior DVC owner)Personally, if I were going to spend the money to go to Hawaii, I would only stay at Aulani (DVC), Marriott in Maui or Ocean Tower at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Wyndham pales in comparison to those 3 resorts.
We have been going to Hawaii since 1986. We own at Maui Hill, which we love. We have traded into timeshares on the Big Island, Kauai and Molokai. We've never stayed at one of the big resorts. Well, I take that back. We did stay at the Waikoloa Hilton (hotel not timeshare) for one night in between timeshare stays. Our daughters got bored of the pools and slides in a couple of hours.
Oh sweetie, we never pay that much in airfare. Plus, I'm not sure what you mean by $500 price difference in accommodations. We trade across the board. There is no extra. And we probably haven't stayed at any of these overpriced places because we don't belong to any of those companies like Hilton, Marriott etc. But, as I said we've had wonderful family vacations year after year.Well if you're already going to fork over $3000 in airfare for a family of four, the $500 price difference in accommodations is kind of an afterthought.
Well if you're already going to fork over $3000 in airfare for a family of four, the $500 price difference in accommodations is kind of an afterthought.
Best resort for couples that want to be close to the action yet be far enough away..would like to see big waves as well..never been to Hawaii so would like the best overall..thanks