The first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word islands is

...and when we talk about water sports, the words are, for those who already know them, Island of Elba.

Year after year fascinating sea beds, natural grottos, majestic cliffs and colourful fish welcome even the most demanding skin divers, while sails become swollen by the wind and silent canoes plough through the water past colourful, empty coves.

Whether you are experts at sports or whether you are simply sea and nature lovers, this short guide will help you discover the most secret and fascinating aspect of the Island of Elba. Skin diving instructors will take you down to the sea bed so you can discover the island's many hidden treasures that the fish seem to guard: fields of posidonia, sponges, coral, wrecks, grottos, moray eels, groupers...

Environmental guides will take you - to the rhythm of the paddles - to the foot of majestic, silent cliffs with a sheer drop down to the crystal clear sea; libeccio and scirocco winds will make the sails swell in a constant battle between man and nature; the waves will be animals to be domineered on your surfboard.

All water sports lovers need only make a wish: the sea in Elba will make it come true.


Snorkelling and scuba diving fans will find a real hidden treasure on the seabed in Elba. Diving centres in Elba.
Scuba diving routes on the Island of Elba
Suggestions at various levels of scuba diving on the sea bed of the Island of Elba, by Stefano Mazzei.

Deep sea diving in Pianosa
Deep sea diving in the biology protection area and free areas in the sea around Pianosa.

Beach ordinance
Beach safety ordinance for the Island of Elba, drawn up by the Coast Guards of Portoferraio.

Advice for going scuba diving on the Island of Elba in complete safety and freedom, all year round.

Diving centres
Expert underwater guides from the diving centres in Elba will go with you when you go down, whether you're a beginner or an expert.

Rental and refilling
Shops where you can rent scuba diving equipment in Elba: where you can hire and refill aqualungs.


Amateur fishing in the crystal clear sea around the island of Elba is allowed: rules and suggestions for practising this sport.

Sea kayak

The island of Elba is the perfect place for those who love the sea and kayak trips, for those who love sailing along the rocky coasts.


There are numerous sailing schools on the Island of Elba that offer courses for adults and children, for amateurs and experts. Getting a boat licence in Elba.
Charter sailing
Hiring a sailboat so you can go round the waters of the Tuscan Archipelago.

Sailing schools
There are many sailing schools on the island, with lessons suitable both for children and adults, for learners and experts. Getting your sailing license in Elba

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