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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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23 reviews 23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The Kittiwake is a nice and shallow wreck dive. It has been down for about 3 years now and is starting to build up some color from corals. There is also some fishlife around it too. When they sank it, it stayed upright, but it is now lilting a bit, so you really need to watch your gauges as you... More

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Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The Kittiwake was sunk as an artificial Reef due to the efforts of Nancy Esterbrook of Dive Tech. It is a new wreck so it will take some time for stuff to grow on it and fish to take up residence. But if you are a diver in Grand Cayman, you should dive it. If you do not have a... More

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Dove here in January. Truly a remarkable experience and makes me want to get my wreck diving certification. If you in Grand Cayman I highly recommend this even if you don't dive. There are snorkeling excursions to go here as well. The sea life is wonderful and it's an otherworldly experience diving a wreck.

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Northern Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

There were far too many boats there with snorkelers . There was no way to enjoy the time because of the crowd . The reef is not great , very little to see . The shipwreck was okay , but have seen much nicer examples . The water was lovely, but otherwise, this was a disappointment for us .

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Agawam, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

My husband and I were lucky enough to have this site be our first dive after our open water certification. I have issues with anxiety and claustrophobia so I was glad I was told we wouldn't be entering the ship. Once we got on the dive boat we were told that we would be entering the boat and I just... More

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Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

A great wreck dive that is even doable by divers that don't have a lot of experience. Serviced by several dive operators lots too explore outside the ship as well as a easy and good size passages too swim thru inside the ship

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

A very cool ship wreck set up for divers. You can even swim thru the head (bathroom) and still see yourself in the mirrors. Kind of freaky. Best wreck for beginners. It is shallow, maybe 50ft at the bottom and the top is at 20ft. Dive it.

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Bristow, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Great dive, and you get to scuba through the entire ship. Entering through a port side window and traveling through the interior of the ship up three levels to the bridge. At the end you get to turn the steering wheel which was left on. The only downside is it's located on a sand bottom with not much wildlife or... More

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Colchester, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The Kittiwake was our kids' first boat dive. They enjoyed exploring the ship and learning to swim through and around things with their dive gear on.

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Huntersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Kittiwake is a very diver friendly wreck the inside is clean no hanging metal or cables Evey entrance has multiply exits so you never feel trapped very safe for first time wreck divers Use Dive Tec they do a great job and are very safe

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