Diving: what it is and how it’s praticed
The term diving refers to scuba diving with an oxygen tank. To practice this activity, youmust have the Open Water Diver certification, which is obtained by taking specific scuba diving courses. Many diving centers, however, offer experiences suitable for beginners who have never dived before. In this case, you start with a short theory lesson and then dive followed step by step by the instructor, reaching a depth of about 5 meters.
Even the most experienced divers are always accompanied by an instructor who is fully familiar with the local waters. Equipped with wetsuit and tank, you leave by boat or dinghy and after a few minutes of sailing, you reach the dive spot and dive into the water. You gradually reach the desired depth and usually stay underwater for about 45 minutes.
Diving in Elba: the best diving spots
In addition to the vast choice of diving sites, those who want to dive at Elba will find a wide range of services and diving centers that provide instructors, boats, and equipment. Diving spots can be found on all sides of the island and present almost all the typical marine flora and fauna of the Mediterranean.
Divers in Portoferraio can choose to dive near Enfola and explore an impressive reef where lobsters, moray eels, spirographs and many other life forms hide. Also near Portoferraio, guides particularly advise diving at the Scoglietto, a marine protected area that is small but extremely picturesque and rich in biodiversity.
You can go diving in Capoliveri, Cavo, Marina di Campo and many other locations on the island. Or from Elba you can move to the islands of Pianosa or Capraia, also rich in diving spots. Elba’s waters hide several wrecks, including an aircraft dating back to World War II, recently discovered at a depth of 38 meters in front of Portoferraio.
How much does scuba diving
in Elba cost?
Prices for diving at Elba Island vary by location, level and duration. For example, a diving trip from Portoferraio with a single 1-hour dive costs 45 euros, excluding equipment. A diving experience for beginners, also in Portoferraio, costs 80 euros and in this case includes everything you need. For a double dive on Pianosa, however, the cost is 150 euros per person for a full-day experience.
Gift a scuba diving experience in Elba
If you have a friend or relative who is passionate about diving, there is no better gift than a dive on Elba Island, which is among the favorite places for divers in Italy. But if you want to surprise and let people experience new emotions, you can also gift a scuba diving experience to those who have never dived before by choosing one suited for beginners. Such an activity can be practiced by everyone, as long as you have good water skills, without being an experienced swimmer.
Introductory diving without a license
Those who want to approach the world of diving can do so even without being certified. Many centers offer introductory diving experiences which can be carried out safely, as the participant is gradually accompanied to the depths by an experienced instructor.
Before the dive, you learn basic techniques and then descend into the depths to admire colorful fish, sea fans and sea plants.
These types of dives can be considered a test for those who are intent on enrolling in a course to become certified. With this first experience, you will find out if you really want to go deeper to see ever-changing aquatic species.