We arrived late at our next hotel Porto Elounda in Crete. The 2-hour high speed ferry ride was comfortable. The hotel swimming pool which is salty... This was taken from the hotel lobby. The beach is easily accessible from the hotel. First activity in Crete, kayak to the island of Spinalonga. We are getting briefed on as to how to kayak properly. My DD and Chris kayaking It was kinda hard to take photos as we kayaked so DH was able to take a couple of photos. Here I am with my kayak partner. We really have to concentrate on the task since it was windy and a good chance of us capsizing. Our kayaks parked on the island of Spinalonga waiting for the next batch. Since everyone in the group kayaked, we had to be divided in two groups. The ruins in Spinalonga. Because of its strategic location, it served as a fortress for the Venetians in the 1600s. The Turks later took over in the 1700s. In 1903, a leper colony was established on the island which closed in 1957. The enticing clear turquoise water of the Aegean. We did get a chance to cool off and swim right after kayaking. It was refreshing. Greece has the second cleanest coastline in Europe, next to Spain and Mary said the only reason that is so is because Spain is bigger. We left the island via private boat.