A must-do in Panarea is rent a boat and explore the nautical side of the Eoli islands. Rita introduced us to Marco who was so kind to take us on a very early outing to the inhabited island of Basiluzzo and Lisca Bianca island.
Marco has this shiny fleet of beautiful, wooden boats, some up to 8 meters, all hand-made in Panarea. He also has smaller boats that everybody can rent for the day without having a special license.
We see spooky caves, sky-high cliffs, lots of sea gulls, too many jellyfish (thanks to large scale overfishing of the Med) and Stromboli in the distance, blowing its smoke in the clear morning air.
So when you go to the Eoli islands, keep some budget for renting a boat. In low season you can rent one already as of 50 euro a day. Take a picnic, a bottle of wine and enjoy.