What could be better than taking a swim in the sea off Elba Island? In the summer, with a bit of luck, you’ll glimpse truly unique fish species and all the colors in the spectrum. Snorkeling lovers will feel at home!
The island’s coastline is a favorite among scuba divers. With kilometers of reefs, beaches and coves, you’ll be kept occupied following fish, lobsters and forgotten shipwrecks. The island offers marvels seas that are part of the biggest marine park in Europe. Crystalline, temperate waters are perfect for discovering picturesque underwater rock formations and sunken ships. Most fascinating, however, are the creatures that live in these waters: conger eel, grouper, moray eel, Gorgonia, coral, lobster and octopus, and you can sight dolphins that are protected in a sanctuary for cetaceans. The major points of interest include: the islets of Corbelli, off Monte Calamita; the Formiche della Zanca, rock formations near Capo di Sant'Andrea and the Ogliera rocks near the beach at Pomonte, off the cost of Monte Capanne; the Scoglietto north of Portoferraio with an underwater statue of Christ; the shallows off Capo Vita and the Grotte alle Coralline near Capo di Fonza.
If you like kayaking and canoeing, explore the rocky coastline among cliffs and hidden beaches to discover Mediterranean brush. With a canoe or a kayak you can better navigate between the rocks that emerge from the crystalline waters and stop among the granite coves of Marina di Campo, or actually enter the grottoes that host fresh water springs and are home to countless sea birds. It is a simple and fun way to discover the most precious and fascinating sights this island has to offer.
The particular climate conditions and the jagged nature of Elba's coasts guarantee perfect winds for sailing. Indeed, it is often the venue for regional, national or international competitions where you see sophisticated craft manned by internationally renowned crews. If you want to learn this ancient skill there are many sailing schools and boat yards throughout the island that hold courses at all levels.