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Elba

As perhaps the best diving area in the Mediterranean, Elba’s protected environment breeds interesting marine encounters, gorgeous sea beds and fascinating archaeological discoveries. Surrounded by clear, blue waters and white sand beaches, Elba is a fantastic getaway for divers and non-divers alike.To name just a few of our favorite dive sites on Elba, The Elviscot must top the list as one of the only shore dives on the island. It is also a shallow wreck at just 35 feet (12 meters). The ship sank after a particularly violent storm pushed it ashore in 1972. The brightness of the dive site is sure to delight both underwater photographers and beginner divers.Formiche della Zanca is another very popular dive site on the island’s northern coast. The environment here consists of a group of rocks emerging from the water. The rocks descend to an amazingly scenic seabed with a maze of trails divers can follow.Just outside the bay of Portoferraio, there is a small isle where divers will find the site named Scoglietto of Portoferraio. The seabed here is dotted with natural formations and, in the right season, shoals of pelagic fish, such as silver amberjacks.These represent only three of the dive sites around Elba. There are plenty more to explore. Do note, however, that Elba experiences a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and humid winters. During the summer months, water temperatures climb to 82°F (26°C). However, during the winter months, water temperatures tend to hover around 50°F (10°C) and most marine life except for nudibranchs and other critters disappears. During the right season, you would be hard pressed to find better Italian diving than that offered by Elba, a gorgeous Tuscan paradise.

Elba Sea Life

Elba welcomes a large variety of marine life during the spring, summer and fall. In winter, most of the area’s fauna moves to warmer waters. Among the sandy seabeds and fascinating rock formations, divers have the opportunity to find shoals of amberjacks, tuna, grouper, the elusive sun fish, octopus, lobsters, the Mediterranean bamboo shark, moray eels and sea grass eels.Sponges, sea fans and small red corals are also visible. Nudibranchs, sea horses and other macro life can be spotted year round.

How To Get There

There is a small airport on Elba called Marina di Campo Airport that welcomes small flights from nearby European locales, but the best way to reach the island of Elba is to take the ferry from Piombino. The nearest train station to the ferry terminal is Piombino Marittima Station, which is serviced by trains originating throughout Italy.With that said, most people drive to the ferry terminal and take their cars to the island as there is not a great public transportation system available in Elba. For those without a car, buses do circle the island and hitchhiking is a possibility.

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