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Diving

Capraia Diving Service, Via Assunzione 100 (tel. 0586/905137; www.capraiadiving.it), will rent you equipment and take you out for guided dives to several excellent sites along the island's eastern coast, where practically guaranteed sea life sightings include grouper, eel, and octopus. At a depth of 45m (148 ft.), just outside the port bay, is a relic of a German reconnaissance plane that crashed in the waters off Capraia during World War II.

Hiking

The highlands of Capraia's interior are a walker's dream -- especially for anyone seeking a contemplative outing, as you're often the only one on the trails. All hiking paths on Capraia have Roman numerals, and destinations are marked with wooden signs at most, but not all trail junctions. Before setting out, pick up a trail map from the Pro Loco tourist office at the port. Note: Bring plenty of water and wear good walking shoes.

To hike on Capraia is also to bird-watch; whether you like it or not, you can't help but spy the local feathered friends. The avian mascot of Capraia is the gabbiano reale (yellow-footed gull, the 747 of seagulls). Also commonly sighted are Audouin's gulls, sea eagles, herons, buzzards, falcons, shearwaters, and black storks. Rounding out the island's fauna are mouflon (small wild horned sheep), lizards, geckos, and grass snakes (none dangerous or venomous).

Horseback Riding

For panoramic excursions in which another beast's legs do the climbing, La Stalla (a goat farm, where milk and cheese are made and sold; tel. 0586/905094) has a small stable of sturdy, docile Haflinger horses available for half-day guided rides, from 20€ per person.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.