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Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef

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Address: West Bay KY1, Grand Cayman
Phone Number: 345-949-8522
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Description: The ex-USS Kittiwake is an Ex-US Navy Submarine Rescue Vessel. She was...
The ex-USS Kittiwake is an Ex-US Navy Submarine Rescue Vessel. She was sunk on January 5th, 2011 in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands to create an artificial reef and shipwreck attraction for scuba divers and snorkelers to visit and enjoy.The attraction is operated by the Cayman Islands Tourism Association. Please use a licensed operator and all visitors are required to pay a user fee.
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Best wreck diving on Grand Cayman

Easy to get to. Well maintained dive site. Well located. Safe. Both dive and snorkel capable. Only downside: too popular, so there are always lots of visitors. This is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Easy to get to. Well maintained dive site. Well located. Safe. Both dive and snorkel capable. Only downside: too popular, so there are always lots of visitors. This is a Marine Park and kept up by the government as well as treated respectfully by users. Very enjoyable.

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New Braunfels, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

Great wreck dive. Safe for even open water certified drivers. Easy to navigate and in shallow waters you get a ton of time on the wreck. We had 50 minutes to explore. Great fun. Eco drivers did a great job. Thanks Aaron.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Crystal clear water, a submerged piece of history ( the vessel picked up our Apollo Astronauts from their missions) and a if you are lucky....diver below you. Float in their bubbles, pop the giant bubbles and watch them explode. Best Time ever!

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Granville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

One of the best wreck dives I've done! It was fascinating to swim through the several levels of the ship. Great time!

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Charlestown, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This ship has been sunk for only 4 years but is already home to many different fish species and the corals are growing. it is an easy swim thru and you can make out the galley, bunk beds, showers and sinks with mirrors. Take a selfie! It can be snorkeled but is a better site to scuba dive to see... More 

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Westlake, Ohio
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The Kittiwake was purpose sunk and the joke is that it is the last US Ship ever sunk by the British. The dive is great about 60' at the deepest and much equipment is still there to see. Highly recommended for divers of all levels.

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ohio
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Nice, but wouldn't do it again. Not much growth yet on ship. I would do it again 10 years from now. But it was still fun. Thanks to Don Fosters Dive Shop!

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Palos Heights, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Glad I did it but would not do again. I'd rather spend the money on other reef dives. Wreck dives are just not my thing.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

This ship is a truly fantastic dive. I'm not sure I can explain why, exactly, because I have seen much larger ships. Maybe it's the fact that it was surrounded by tens of thousands of brown garden eels as far as the eye could see. Maybe it's because of the big tiger grouper sitting on the main deck getting cleaned... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We enjoyed diving this wreck. It is very clean so it is as safe of a wreck dive as you will find. There are many compartments to swim through. My favorite was the bathroom and looking at myself in the mirrors. Seeing the pants press was very funny. There was a large grouper onboard as well as a porcupine puffer.

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