I arrived in Elba via a Windsurf Cruise ship for 8 hrs.
I had arranged with Riccardo, the dive shop owner, to have someone pick me up, which they did in a timely manner and drove me 5 min to the dive shop across the bay. Upon arriving at the dive shop next to a upscale hotel motel, I met with Riccardo and Lisa, the divemaster assigned to me. Both spoke English well.
After a 10 min boat ride on their well equipped RIB with DAN emergency equipment, we made our first dive next to a small rock island in a beautiful part of the bay. The marine life was abundant with many large starfish, scorpionfish, huge bivalves and barracuda. After the dive, I was directed 4 blocks over to a very local Italian resturant which offered very tasty pasta. Our second dive at the same site had a full boat and I was paired with a diver who had issues getting past 30 feet which was disappointing but that's the way it goes and was not the shops fault. Upon arriving back at the shop, I had to scramble to get packed up but Riccardo was aware of my time crunch and had one of the staff get me back to my cruise ship with 30 min to spare. Overall, I highly recommend this dive shop. I was made to feel very welcome by patrons and staff alike. One thing to take into account, they don't take credit cards, only Euros so come prepared.
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