The Island of Elba's first and only marine nature reserve was created in 1971 on the coast to the north of Portoferraio, close to the small island of Scoglietto, which stands with its lighthouse about 1 kilometre off theGhiaie beach, in the stretch of sea running from the Viste, Ghiaie, Cala dei Frati and Padulella beaches to the tip of Capo Bianco. The aim was to repopulate and conserve a unique stretch of sea.
This zone attracts diving enthusiasts due to its biodiversity and the large numbers of fish visible even just a few dozen metres from the shore. Nowhere else on Elba can so many fish be seen playing in the Posidonia seaweed beds. You may encounter Grouper, migrating Barracuda, Gilthead, White Sea-Bream and, if you are lucky, even Sunfish. And from the beach, if you throw pieces of bread into the water you will be able to show children the shoals of fish enjoying the snack just a few centimetres from the shore.
Hotel Acquamarina is located in this wonderful, unique marine reserve, rich in Mediterranean maquis and only a few metres from the Padulella beach, in the most strictly protected conservation zone. Therefore, no amateur or professional fishing is permitted in this stretch of sea, except with a line from the shore and with squid jigs.
A boat trip, perhaps in the Nautilus, a glass-bottomed craft which runs this type of service from Portoferraio harbour, will enable you to admire this beautiful area in complete safety, to discover the flora and fauna of this fascinating, pristine zone. A pleasant excursion of about 2 hours, starting from Portoferraio harbour, about 800 metres from Hotel Acquamarina, will be your opportunity to savour the sea breeze and wonder at the beauty of the underwater world.