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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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The ex-USS Kittiwake is an Ex-US Navy Submarine Rescue Vessel. She was sunk...

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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Must dive when in Grand Cayman

Although the wreck hasn't been there long, there is plenty of life in and around the wreck. School of jacks, the occasional eagle ray, giant barracudas and once there was also a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Grand Cayman
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29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although the wreck hasn't been there long, there is plenty of life in and around the wreck. School of jacks, the occasional eagle ray, giant barracudas and once there was also a sighting on a juvenile whale shark! You can penetrate the first 2 levels of the wrecks. Make sure to check out the chambers. You may even encounter a... More 

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Devon, Canada
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great dive. Wreck is safe to penetrate because of exits in every other room. Found the Geocache. Divers Down was the company we went with, and they are a great dive operation.

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Auburn, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A beautiful day...a beautiful boat and great crew. Though a little disappointed on numbers of fish. Different seeing the shipwreck but that only lasted so long. Bottom line not bad but not wowed

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50 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very interesting dive. Sunset Divers took us to the site. I was buddy with one of the staff, Jess, who was very nice and knowledgeable of the site. She pointed out various marine life around the ship. It is easy to go in and out of the ship. Must dive at GC.

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Midland, Texas
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been waiting to dive this wreck since they sunk it. Has an underwater geocache. Even the people with us who were snorkeling loved it. Shallow great safe wreck.

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2 Thank Linda H
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first wreck dive and it was amazing. I fully enjoyed going in and out of the ship. It was great. Glad that I was able to experience this dive.

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1 Thank Marina M
San Jose, California, United States
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The USS Kittiwake has always been a ship for divers. She served in the US Navy as a submarine rescue vessel, helping with salvage operations including the recovery of the black box from the space shuttle Challenger disaster. She now sits on a sandy ocean floor at a depth of about 60' off the coast of Seven Mile Beach. The... More 

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Anderson, South Carolina
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely fun wreck for a newbie diver. Went with CUDivers and they were great fun to guide us through the wreck...go go go... it's a great dive

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Littleton, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My son and I visited the Kittiwake on our second dive of the day with, Living the Dream Divers. Spectacular wreck for the novice diver, our guide led us on a stern to bow tour inside the wreck. I highly recommend the Living the Dream dive team as well. Comfortable boat, valet service and door to door service. Between Dive... More 

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1 Thank John M
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love to snorkel but have never visited the Kittiwake on previous trips to Grand Cayman. This is a very cool experience, as the ship is very close to the surface and you can see tons of detail. If you are a proficient diver, you can get down far enough to see into the wheelhouse. There is a growing amount... More 

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