Big Island Favorites

Aloha!

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Today I’m linking up with Mar, Courtney and Cynthia to share my five favorite things about the Big Island of Hawai’i. It has been an amazing time here and I’m so grateful for this experience.  It was a hell of a way to kick off my 2016 triathlon season (well, and 2016 in general). Today we’re headed to Maui for a few days before heading back to cold and gray Virginia, and I plan to soak up all the Vitamin D I can get!

Kona.  I mean, just walking down Ali’i Drive and swimming in Kailua Bay was just magical.  One day I hope to either be racing or spectating the worlds best race here, the Ironman World Championships!

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Acai Bowls. I could eat one of these everyday, I think the pictures do the explaining for me.

Acai bowl from Basik Cafe in Kona
Acai bowl from Basik Cafe in Kona (my favorite)
Acai bowl from The Big Island Juice Company in Hilo, and yes the bowl is a hollowed out pineapple :)
Acai bowl from The Big Island Juice Company in Hilo, and yes the bowl is a hollowed out pineapple 🙂

National Park Sites (4 on this island alone). It’s no secret, I love the National Park Service, so when we started planning this trip I looked up all of the possible park sites we could visit.

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Walking through a lava tube
Walking through a lava tube
Loving the view
Loving the view

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Riding on theQueen Ka’ahumanu Highway, otherwise known as the Queen K. This has been my best cycling experience since I’ve started riding!  This place is incredibly bike-friendly, and you can’t really beat the scenery.  The wind is no joke and it’s got long steady climbs, but all of that only makes you stronger!  I also did my first brick workout of the season on Tuesday there, while the husband of the year walked with my bike and his along the side of the road.  Best sherpa ever.

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10 minute run after Tuesday’s ride
Sunday's ride
Sunday’s ride

Snorkeling with the manta rays…..well unfortunately we didn’t see any mantas, one of the guides said on average they have 19 days out of the year when they don’t. Not all was lost though, on the way out to the snorkel site, we saw at least 6 or 7 different humpback whales.  I knew it was whale season here in Hawaii, but this was the most amazing I have ever experienced.  To quote one of the guides, “you know it’s exciting when the crew starts getting their cameras and taking pictures!”  I did not get any pictures of the whales, I never knew if they were going to resurface or how many there would be and I didn’t want to miss out of the experience by fishing through my bag and taking pictures 🙂  If you are ever on the Big Island, I highly recommend going out with Big Island Divers, the crew was super friendly, knowledgeable about the mantas/area and very funny!

photo credit: E. Ryan Leinbach
photo credit: E. Ryan Leinbach

Have a great weekend!

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