The Islands of the Tuscan Archipelago are all close to one another and Elba, in particular, is the best starting point to visit them all. In various tourist harbors of the island, mainly from Marina di Campo, are organized mini-cruises and boat trips to Capraia, Pianosa and Giglio. However, if you want to explore the archipelago by your self you can rent a boat.
Reaching the other island of the archipelago by boat is a very suggestive experience on its own: you find yourself in a stretch of sea known as the “Whale Sanctuary”, a protected area in which is possible to sight whales, fin whales, dolphins and sperm whales.
Once landed there are infinite possibilities of fun, sport, relax. In Capraia you can visit the splendid Cala Rossa, result of the volcanic eruptions that gave birth to the island. Pianosa is perfect for snorkeling and diving, but even for hiking and mountain biking on really easy paths. At Giglio you cannot miss a tour of the ancient village around the castle dominating the panorama since the X century. From here you can even get a ferry to the small island of Giannutri, a protected marine area of incredible historic and environmental value.