The island offers marvelous 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, groupers, moray eel, gorgonia, coral, lobster and octopus, and you can sight dolphins that are protected in a sanctuary for cetaceans.
A canoe or kayak is the ideal way to 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 sre 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.
Thanks to its crystalline, pure waters and varying depths, the seas around Elba abound with migratory and non-migratory fish. Enthusiasts of all levels can enjoy their favorite sport on land and off-shore everywhere - except for one area, near the northern coast of Portoferraio which is clearly marked on all nautical and harbour maps as a protected biolicigal area.
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 sail boats manned by international renowned crews. If you want to learn this anciant skill there are many sailing schools and boat yards throughout the island that hold courses at all levels.