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The Islander is a shore accessible fresh water dive site, located in Alex Bay, NY. This dive site has an average rating of 3.47 out of 5 from 19 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 61-70ft/19-21m.

Wreck is a shore dive in Alexandria Bay just north of the hospital. Ship is a sidewheel steamer burned to a total loss onSeptember 16,1909. The stern is in 15ft and the bow is in 60 ft of water. It is a novice to intermediate level dive.

The Islander is one of the most popular shore dives in Alexandria Bay. Easy parking, access, entry and support make this a delightful introduction to diving in the 1000 Islands. Located just downstream behind the Hospital at Alexandria Bay, it’s easy to find. You will also generally find other divers there, so you can nearly always find a dive buddy, if you didn’t bring your own. It’s a popular site for Open Water and other dive certification classes.

The dive site is sponsored by Delta Divers of Rome, NY. Delta Divers maintains an underwater navigation course and underwater dive platform at the site. Weekends during the summer months parking can be at a premium so get there early and have a full day of fun. Many people consider this DIVE CENTRAL for diving the Thousand Islands.

There are actually at least 4 distinct dives you can do from the Islander. There is the Islander itself, a drift dive from Casino Island to the Islander, a trip to “The Wall” and a tour under “The Only Floating Restaurant” in the Thousand Islands.

The Islander was a wooden side wheel steamer built in Rochester, NY in 1871. 125 feet long, displacing 118 tons owned by the Folger Lines. She was tied to the Cornwall Building Dock near the Thousand Island House in Alexandria Bay, when she caught fire just after midnight and burned to the waterline on September 16, 1909. It was feared that the Thousand Island House and the nearby Marsden House would catch fire as well. The guest were woken, but fortunately the buildings were spared. The Islander was valued at $50,000 at the time of her demise.

She lies mostly intact in depths from 35 to 50 feet with a mild current. She lies parallel to shore with her bow pointed upriver. Be aware that the current at this site is usually reverse of the way you would expect it, due to the eddy created by Casino Island and the speed of the current in the main channel which lies beyond the green buoy.

With years of being one of the most popular dive sites, she still turns up an occasional bottle or piece of china. Some of it is planted there for your entertainment, so please leave it for others to enjoy as well.

Just downstream from the wreck there is an obstacle course and underwater dive platform set up for dive training. A nice opportunity to test your skills and polish up your communications and other techniques.

As you continue your tour down river you will pass the pilings holding up what’s left of Captain Thomson’s old hotel. Shortly thereafter you will find the Captain Thomson’s Floating Restaurant overhead. On the southwest corner of the floating hotel, you will find a camera on a pole. Do a favor for the nice folks sitting up in the bar, clean the lens and then smile and show them your pearly whites.

Watch your depth and your air at all times and determine the best time to turn around and go back to the Islander for your 3 minute safety stop and/or deco if you’ve been down long enough to require one. If you follow the contour of the shore and stay at 15-20 feet for the return, you’ll likely not need to stop when you get back to the collapsed pier and the Islander.

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skydivinglawman - 8/01/2016 6:12 PM
I went scuba diving here on 8/1/2016. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Second day on the wreck. Spent more time going over it. Visibility not as good today due to stronger current. Still a great dive with Whitney.
skydivinglawman - 8/01/2016 8:26 AM
I went scuba diving here on 7/31/2016. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Beautiful weather and water temp all the way down. The wreak is worth checking out and the rock wall at about 55 to 60 feet was cool, so was the spooky tree.
njoytheryde - 8/31/2015 4:20 PM
I’m looking for someone to dive with Sunday morning, 9/13/15. I’m going to be in Clayton with a bunch of non-divers and don’t want to miss an opportunity to dive.
fpv930 - 9/29/2015 8:38 AM
Sorry I missed your message for the 13th. I was actually in Alex Bay diving at the hospitol with an open water class.
fpv930 - 6/23/2014 9:41 AM
I went scuba diving here on 6/22/2014. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m. Water temp: 56-60°F/13-16°C.
Great dives here at Alex Bay today. Hung with Ken the tec instructor and student Mal as they practiced skills with the doubles. First dive as 47 minutes. Dove to the metal tables and chairs and then went from the training platform (off the floating restaurant) to the string which goes to the large tree at about 60’
Vis was very good for this time of year.
Second dive had to retrieve my dive flag from the Islander. So.. I completed a solo dive around the wreck for 20 minutes. Delta Divers was in the water for an OW class.
It was a nice leisure dive.
fpv930 - 6/02/2014 6:25 AM
I went scuba diving here on 5/31/2014. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
Peak Performance Buoyancy Dive with Greg Gilmore. Great dive today. Water temps were nice balmy 50-53 degrees.
Video taken of a mud puppy on the first dive. Very cool.
fpv930 - 5/26/2014 7:32 AM
I went scuba diving here on 5/24/2014. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m. Water temp: Under 50°F/10°C.
Capt-Dave - 3/04/2014 5:45 PM
Rating Added: 4
Nice easy shore dive. Very old wreck with a lot of fish.
fpv930 - 7/07/2013 3:39 PM
Rating Added: 3
Nice dive to see a wreck of a wreck. The Islander. Follow the shore with your right shoulder and you will arrive at the huge training platform at about 25’. Swim from the platform towards the channel. Turn right at 60-65 ft and follow until you reach the "dining room" The round table and chairs are set up for all to see. Sit in the chair and have your buddy take a photos.
cliffr39 - 6/09/2013 8:26 AM
Rating Added: 3
Good to get in and see with no boat
skydivinglawman - 4/18/2013 7:57 PM
Rating Added: 2
dove sept. 2012