M/V Islander Virtual Tour
Our vessel, M/V Islander, was designed and built specifically to carry passengers comfortably off the Southern California and Baja coast. From the Sea of Cortez to the Revillagigedos to Guadalupe Island, the Islander has seen them all. Great White Shark enthusiasts should be encouraged to know that the Islander was part of the fleet that first noted the presence of White Sharks at Guadalupe Island. Our vessel is inspected and maintained to not only meet, but exceed, the United States Coast Guard’s stringent standards. Our home fleet, located in San Diego, is the largest passenger carrying fleet in the world.
Islander is outfitted with Twin Bauer air compressors for reliability. Redundant systems are a necessity while diving California waters as well as remote locations like Guadalupe Island. Our 3600 cu ft of air storage also ensure quick air fills. Islander has two sit-down dive benches designed to hold thirty tanks with gear storage underneath. These benches are aboard only for Scuba trips. Islander’s custom built dive step is only installed for appropriate trips as well. It is designed for California diving with safety and utility in mind. Whether it’s boarding kayaks or diving, our dive step allows safe entry and exit from the water. The hinged ladder is 7 feet wide and free of pinch points. It moves independently from the boat making boarding safe and easy even in choppy conditions. Photographers will appreciate two large camera tables on the aft dive deck. Each one has two levels and measure 3’x3’. Lastly, Islander uses a circulating seawater mask rinse – a must for repetitive cool water dives.
Islander is equipped with a mechanical boom for handling heavy items such as skiffs, shark cages, jet skis and research equipment. Islander’s boom can handle up to 1000 lbs. and is designed to service both the upper and main deckhandling shark cages, jet skis and other heavy equipment. Islander is fitted with a 24ft boom capable of lifting 1000 lbs. of deadweight.