DIVING - DISCOVER THE SEABED OF THE ISLAND OF ELBA
On the Island of Elba we have the aquarium of Marina di Campo, which shows us what we can see on the bottom of our sea, but there are many who prefer to experience the seabed and marine fauna live. The island offers everything a sea lover could wish for: caves, sandbanks, landslides and wrecks that are home to a multitude of colorful life forms.
The numerous diving schools on the island of Elba, with highly qualified personnel, allow you to observe the inhabitants of this wonderful sea in their natural habitat in complete safety.
Island of Elba: diving recommended by us
The diving spots that the Island of Elba offers are truly numerous, so it is always possible to find the right place, protected from the wind, to dive: from seagrass meadows to expanses of gorgonians, cliffs rich in biodiversity and wrecks to be able to admire both by diving and by simply snorkeling. Here are some dives near us:
Wreck of the Elviscot in Pomonte
The proximity of the wreck to the shore and the low depth of the seabed on which it rests, makes this dive suitable even for beginners. As this is a dive on a wreck, caution is required and it is advisable to enter only for experienced divers or accompanied by a diving guide. It is possible to take a look at the engine room (where the engine is still visible) and enter the corridor to the control station. The countless fish, sponges and microorganisms that have found refuge in the wreck make exploration even more fun and interesting.
The shoals of Fonza
The most experienced and demanding divers consider the Capo Fonza shoal one of the most beautiful dives on the Island of Elba. The wall on the east side of this shallow seabed slides over 40 meters. You can admire the great spectacle of red coral branches and yellow daisies and you can come across snappers, barracudas, lobsters, moray eels, bream and glances.
Another interesting dive is at the Corallo shoal, in front of Capo Fonza: the shoal, in the part closest to the shore, almost surfaces and then drops down to 45 meters. At about 30 meters there is a cave with a vault covered with red coral and going out it will be easy to come across groupers, moray eels, conger eels, gorgonians and crustaceans.
The depth of the seabed, up to 50 meters, and the exposure to winds and currents make this dive quite challenging. A prairie of posidonia, sea breams, snapper and moray eels will accompany you until you reach large rocky boulders, sprinkled with paramuricee and home to groupers, lobsters and scorpion fish. Continuing to descend, around 45 meters, you will meet some lobsters near the wreck of a small barge. The red of the gorgonians and the yellow of the sea daisies will make diving a real spectacle.
Shoal of Capo Poro
It is a dive for experienced divers, as the depth ranges from 30 to more than 50m. Along the descent of the sheer wall you can admire lobsters, moray eels, conger eels, red coral branches, splendid paramuricee, sea lilies.
We point out the presence of some interesting caves: Grotta del Vescovo in the Gulf of Marina di Campo, under the promontory of Capo Poro, Grotta Azzurra between the beach of Colle Palombaia and the beach of Cavoli, which can also be reached by pedal boat.
Other interesting dives:
The Biological Reserve Scoglietto in Portoferraio
The stretch of sea between Capo Bianco and Punta Falcone has been a protected marine area since 1971 where fishing is strictly prohibited. For this reason, it is one of the richest dive sites in our sea: the fish, accustomed to the presence of divers, are approached by the curious. The sea in this area is extremely clear and thanks to the excellent visibility it is a pleasure to take photos and videos.
Rock of Remaiolo in Capoliveri This dive is one of the most famous on the Island of Elba and is located between Porto Azzurro and the Stella Gulf. It is possible to make two dives: one, going around the rock, remains at a depth of 10-20 meters, the other descending along the wall on the south side of the rock, up to 55 meters. Around the rock, it is possible to admire bream, conger eels, occhiate, octopus and with a little luck even spider crab and monkfish. Instead, descending vertically the wall, colored by sea fans and caves full of life, you can spot snappers, barracudas, lobsters, forked hawks and yellow sponge fish. Since 2013, the National Park Authority has allowed diving in the marine protected area of the Island of Pianosa, in a regulated and controlled manner.
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Useful contacts in Marina di Campo:
Blu Dive Center Marina di Campo: organizes diving courses and excursions to the depths of the island and to the marine protected area of Pianosa.
Tel: +39 393 8196237 - email@example.com - https://www.divecenterblu.com/