The Big Island in Pictures
images by Nick Salazar
Oct 7, 2010  hits 20,274

Sea turtles are practically a dime a dozen out here, and it's tough not to bump into them sometimes!
Sea turtles are practically a dime a dozen out here, and it's tough not to bump into them sometimes!

Kona, Hawaii is the heart of triathlon. It's where the Ironman was born, and continues to thrive each year. Yet as one of the most elite events in the sport, it's difficult to earn the right to compete there, and many triathletes have never been to the big island. Whether you're a Hawaii virgin, a first-time competitor, or a veteran of Kailua-Kona, anyone can appreciate the exotic beauty and mystique that the locale has to offer.



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  • Sea turtles are practically a dime a dozen out here, and it's tough not to bump into them sometimes!
  • Of course, what would a tropical island be without some palm trees?
  • The vast lava fields are a staple of the island's imagery.
  • Kona isn't quite as tropical as some of the other islands of Hawaii, but still has some beautiful flora to offer.
  • The nights are just as beautiful as the days, hovering around 73 degrees most of the time.
  • Tourists flock to the luau ceremonies, usually complete with a fire dance.
  • The island's main export is macademia nuts, and the island produces a majority of the world's supply.
  • Some locations are only available with a special pass, like this waterfall on the North side.
  • And some views are best seen from the air, like the Eastern city of Hilo.

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