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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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Chance of a lifetime to dive a wreck minutes from shore

This is a chance of a lifetime to dive wreck minutes from shore. A wonderful experience. I was here when nice sunk the ship about four years ago. Wonderful holes cut in it so you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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huntington,wv
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This is a chance of a lifetime to dive wreck minutes from shore. A wonderful experience. I was here when nice sunk the ship about four years ago. Wonderful holes cut in it so you can explore all areas. Nice big moray eel underneath

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Incredible dive -- US naval vessel deliberately sunk in 2011. Keel is at 60 ft, bridge at 15 feet. A must for divers!

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Keller, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

My husband and son took a resort dive beginner class while on our trip. They went with a master diver to the Kittiwake a few days later. It was awesome!! They got great pictures and had an amazing time. They went down about 42 feet. We had to buy a special Nikon camera to go down that far but got... More 

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I had hurt my ear so I couldn't dive but our friends did. After their dive we met for dinner and it was non stop talk about the Kittiwake. Easy swim through each floor. Large cut outs were made for easy access for divers. No issues with close quarters and squeezing into this ship. Very large fish had made this... More 

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Clovis, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I dove the Kittiwake in 2013 for the first time and it is a fun dive. It has not had a lot of time to generate lots of growth but the silversides have made it their home. There are a few large grouper cruising in and out, as well a number of smaller fish.

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Grand Cayman
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Great dive site, if you like wrecks. The cool part was the mirrors in the bathroom are still there and you can see yourself in their reflection.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great dive. Easy and convenient to access. The ship has been well prepared and has wide openings. Was a little crowded the day we visited.

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Lighthouse Point, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We dove the Kittiwake. We have done other wrecks and liked this one best. The ship is in good condition so you can get a feel for what the different compartments are on it. It doesn't have as much growth on it as other wrecks since it hasn't been in the water that long(4years), so if that is what you... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

great dive you actually get to swim thru the ship floor by floor ship's wheel still in tack book with dive company at lobster pot

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My visit here was only as a snorkeler as opposed to most people who are divers. The is the first wreck I have ever had a chance to snorkel on. As many people said, it is in the early stages of growth as it was only sunk in 2011. We visited the site as part of a Red Sail tour.... More 

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