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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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I've done a lot of wreck dives, but few are as intact as this one. Really fun dive, even for divers with minimal wreck experience.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Jacksonville, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I've done a lot of wreck dives, but few are as intact as this one. Really fun dive, even for divers with minimal wreck experience.

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Milton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Second year we have dove this wreck and I love it! It is a full penetration wreck that you do not need to worry about getting lost on! I have dove the Vandenburg in Key West and the Spegiel Grove in Key Largo as well as the Bibb off of Key Largo. This is by far the coolest as you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The kittiwake is one of those dives that you have to do. It was wonderful to dive in and our of the ship. Easy access through the hull. There wasn't a lot of marine life, however what was there, you could see was taking hold. Loved going on and out of the ship and thinking about all the history that... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This is a great wreck for all skill levels. It is within recreational depths, and it is has been cleaned of hazards to divers, making it use friendly. You can move the length of the ship with ease, exploring one deck after another. As part of the prep, lots of access passages have been cut in the sides, making it... More 

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Littleton, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The Kittiwake is a decommissioned sub rescue vessel. The only thing that the US Navy will reveal about her missions is that she participated in the recovery of the Challenger . The hull has been opened up, giving easy access to most levels.

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The only US flagged ship to be sunk in foreign waters as an artificial reef is worth a visit. Used Red Sail Sports out of The Westin. Did the morning two tank dive. The first was on the Kittiwake then the second was on a shallow reef. Went out on a very stable catamaran. The boat moored on the line... More 

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Loveland, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Though the Kittiwake is not technically a wreck, nor should it be called a reef - yet - it proved to be the most enjoyable dive of our visit to Grand Cayman. My son and I are both certified divers who do not have a wreck diving specialty, so penetrating the wreck was a new and exciting experience for us.... More 

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Vegreville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We were diving with Wall to Wall Diving and had a small group and they waited until the dive boat that was there left so when we went down we were the only group on the Kittiwake. It was great to be able to go in and out of the ship safely and view so many things. While we were... More 

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Lindsay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Divetech dive shop will take you for a tour inside the ship. Amazing life now taking over this ship.

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Dix Hills, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Visited with Cayman Turtle divers last week. My son really enjoyed the dive, seeing himself in the mirrors and saw a giant grouper in the ship. Easy dive, very clear, light with large openings.

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