Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 41 North, which is 106,
106 & 107 split, bear right and
stay on 106. Follow this
all the way down past
Northern Boulevard, and make a left on Berry Hill Road to the end.
Make a left
on Shore Drive to the end, then
a left on Bayville Avenue.
A few blocks up on
the right is Bayville Town
McMeekin from Treasures Unlimited enters the
water with metal
detector in hand.
Left: Four gold rings, a gold
chain and several pieces of silver.
one very productive dive. Photos by Dan Berg
is only permitted off-season when the beach is closed to swimmers.
Divers must note
that watercraft like jet skis and sailboats utilize the same area so
a dive flag is mandatory. This site has easy parking a short walk to
and a clean sand bottom, which slopes off nicely to
around 10-15 feet. Mike
McMeekin and I
started diving here a few years back. By using
detectors we started to recover all sorts of old coins. We found
walking liberty half-dollars, buffalo
nickels, mercury dimes, etc. After digging several hundred coins and
then several hundred fishing sinkers we started to hit gold.
For every several dives we did,
we would each would come out of the water with a hand full of
silver coins and one gold ring. Don't let anyone fool you, it
was hard work. We dug holes for
nearly two hours on each dive. On one dive
both Mike and I each had five
gold rings plus an assortment of silver rings and silver coins.
Unfortunately, after a storm the most productive area filled in with
sand and our treasure
hunting dried up. Now occasionally we each return
Mother Nature to uncover a new pocket of hidden treasure.
For scuba divers
this site offers little more than covenant parking and
sometimes crystal clear visibility. However,
for those who use metal detectors
it can be very
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