Las Palmas was a wonderful port. Our ship pulled up next to the cruise ships, with people looking on, envious of our vessel. We received a lot of compliments on the ship while at port!
After a day of shore leave to explore the beaches and town, we had a wonderful guided hike of the island. We completed the 100 Valley Route with Walk in Gran Canaria. Some of the highlights include the caves, seeing the observatory on the mountain top in the distance, and the beautiful landscapes. We learned how the herders used to get down from the mountain after their goats and sheep by taking a large stick and essentially pole vaulting down. 40% of the island of Gran Canaria is protected land, leaving it an amazing destination for hiking. One of the nicest parts was seeing the pine forests on the island that reminded many of us of the Canadian landscape. A little touch of home in Gran Canaria!
The following morning we had the opportunity to try surfing and body boarding. It was a blast in the surf. After a brief lesson and orientation on the beach we headed into the waves. The surf was large and we had a blast being tossed around. Some of us were successful getting up on our boards, while others learnt the tactics needed to guide a body board through the surf. Overall, we learnt some new skills that we can practice at the next port. Surf's up!