DIRECTIONS: (Center Island, Nassau County)
Take the Long
Island Expressway to Exit 41 North, Route 106, 107. When 106
split, bear right and stay on 106. Follow this all the way up past
Northern Boulevard and make a left turn on Berry Hill Road to the
end. Make a
left on Shore Drive to the end, then a right on
Bayville Avenue. Stay on Bayville Avenue until you come to a small
police station. On your right side
will be the bay
and on your left side will be the sound. This is where the dive
is. Drop off your dive gear, turn around and drive to the beach
parking lot that is located on the bay side.
On the east end of
Center Island Beach
is a small rock jetty, and further east is a
wall. Divers should plan to swim along this wall out to the point.
This is where the best diving can be done. Some huge boulders can be
seen from the
surface, and many more are scattered just below.
Lobsters can usually be found
here. Most of the
rocks, where the lobsters are to be found, are only a short
apart, so after the first couple of dives here you will learn the
locations, and should certainly be able to catch the
limit of bugs (lobsters).
The only thing I
found annoying about this site was the shallow slope to the beach.
It seemed like I had to walk and swim forever before I could find
water over five feet deep. After the dive, the swim in to shore was
even worse due to
a mild outgoing current.
into account, Center Island Beach
good dive. If it wasn't
for the long swim,
would be a much
more popular dive
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