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Best Diving Destinations in Elba Island
The Most Beautiful Dive Sites in Elba Island
About Elba Island
The Island of Elba is the biggest of the islands of the Tuscan archipelago. Elba is protected by the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago. Diving the clear waters of Elba means having a possibility to observe and photograph almost all forms of life of the Mediterranean Sea, with its average visibility ranging between 21-25m/68-82ft. Divers may choose to swim over Poseidonia meadows, among which hide large shoals of salps, wrasses, starfish, sargos and lively donzellas, or can descend among clouds of damselfish through large canals and walls covered with sea fans. The local sea still preserves some evidence of the ancient sea trading and it is not uncommon to discover amphora fragments or ancient coins. In the north (the area of Marciana Marina, Portoferraio) and in the south (area of Marina di Campo Lacona, Porto Azzurro) there is a concentration of excellent diving spots suitable for both novice and experienced divers. Some of the most popular dive-sites include Punta di Fetovaia, Capo Colvo, Capo Di Fonza, Corbelli Islets, Ondasub, Sirena, Sub Maldive, Shallow of Focacciola, Punta della Madonna, Wreck of Pomonte (6-12m/19-39ft), and others. Check out Punta di Fetovaia, a dive site marked by red, white and yellow gorgonians, lobsters, barracudas and pelagic fish, as well as schools of chromis and grouper. Capo Colvo, is a popular site for experienced divers (35-52m/114-170ft), lovers of the true blue and of all that marine life can offer, the top of the shoal starts at 36m/ft depth. The walls of the shoal are covered with bright red sea fans and populated by lobsters that in this site reach considerable size. Divers can also observe numerous schools of pelagic fish, such as amberjack, snapper and bream.
When to go to Elba Island
Best diving season is from April to September. The climate is mild and the water temperature remains warm throughout the year, making diving possible all year long. The average water temperature stays around 19C/66F in April, 20C/68F in May and 23-28C/73-82F from June to October.