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Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef

West Bay KY1, Grand Cayman
345-949-8522
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Ranked #2 of 7 Attractions in West Bay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Ships, Reefs
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This is a nice change of pace from the normal diving in the area. We traveled all over this little ship, even down into the engine room. While this is a rather recent wreck reef it also shows well. I'm not sure if it's worth the extra money as the dive shops charge a premium for the dive

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Great Wreck, you can safely penetrate every deck even the engine room, is a great experience that you should not miss.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I dove the Kittiwake last week (August, 2014) and did not see as much marine life as I expected to, although we did see the most enormous parrotfish I have EVER seen! There are some other surprises on the Kittiwake, too, but don't expect to see a whole lot of colorful coral. It's just not there yet, which shouldn't be... More

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New Port Richey, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This was my first wreck dive, and I thought it was really neat to see. It's been cleaned and opened up, so exploring felt very safe. While there definitely isn't as much life as the reefs, walls, or older wrecks, lots of fish have moved in, and there's already some sponge and soft coral growth. It will only get better... More

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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I have been a diver for almost twenty years, and a Divemaster for over fifteen. I have dived all across the world. I say this to give some context to my opinion on this 2011 (sunk 5 January 2011) wreck... Launched in 1945, and withdrawn from USS service in 1994, this I s a simply FANTASTIC wreck. It is big... More

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Asheboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This was my son's first ocean dive and it will be hard to top for his next dive. Ship is very well set up for access by any level diver. Visibility is great and the ship is shallow enough to allow a long time on it before surfacing.

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Indianapolis
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

As avid snorkelers, we haven't ever had the opportunity to see a sunken ship. Until now! Wow, this was way better than some of the reports! The entire ship was visible from stem to stern. Clear water and a good assortment of fish. Plus there's great coral most of the way out. Just watch out for boat traffic!

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Breckenridge, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Great time with my son and really enjoyed our time on the Kittiwake. Easy access and a super wreck to dive on. Would go again. Lots of sea life. Wreck lies from 65' to 15'. Water in warm 80++ degrees.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I had never snorkeled a shipwreck before, so this was an entirely new experience. I loved it. To see a ship in 60 feet of crystal clear water with all sorts of sea life surrounding it was simply amazing.

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crawford
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I had the best time on this dive. Really enjoyed going through the ship . Saw a lot of fish! Went with Deep Blue Divers I would recommend using them this was our 5th time with them.

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