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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 2013
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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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Holetown, Barbados
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I work as a SCUBA instructor on island & this dive never gets old. No matter what level you're at there is a suitable dive for you at the Ex-USS Kittiwake. A top attraction and must do for any diver

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

I have dove on many wrecks in Lake Huron and a few in the Caribbean. This is by far the best wreck dive I have ever been on. You can swim thru the wreck in many places and never feel closed in. I wanted to do it again but we ran out of time. A must for all divers!

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Moline, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

I am a fairly experienced diver but have always avoided wreck diving. We went with Wall to Wall Diving, Kyle was great in the explanation and history of the dive site. I was initially hesitant to enter the wreck but with the help from Kyle I was able to overcome my fears of wreck diving. It was a great dive... More

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Central Mass
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I have been to many wrecks, and the Kittiwake was up there as one the favorite. We went there with Ocean Frontiers from the East end. The organization that had oversight of the wreck sinking project did a fantastic job of making this ship dive friendly. Being able to enter and navigate thru the entire ship was fantastic. It was... More

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San Mateo, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This was, by far, my favorite dive all week. What a treat. Must do. You can swim thru every part of this ship. They've removed all the dangerous stuff. My wife and 13 yr old loved it too.

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Fernandina Beach, Florida, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Given a wreck or a reef, I'd always choose the reef, but this is one wreck that should not be missed! If you decide to dive it sign up for a trip with DiveTech. The owner of Divetech, Nancy, is largely responsible for bringing the wreck to Cayman - you can see a thank you to her inscribed on the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We loved it...Good for beginners and experienced divers alike! We're still on a high from this dive from a week ago :) My girlfriend just got certified right before we left for Cayman. We did 2 dives the day before and that was her first dives after certification. She'd only been down to 15 feet prior to this. She did... More

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Did 2 dives on the Kittiwake in March 2014. Do not miss this dive if you visit grand Cayman. Use Red Sail Sports. Their crews and dive guides are the best.

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Osprey, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

My son and I went to the Kittiwake with a dive company, Divetech (which is great). I am a snorkeler and my son is a diver and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. It is almost surreal to be able to snorkel on top of a wreck (and fun to see my son glide in and out it). I will let... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This is a fantastic new wreck and a great wreck dive for nearly every diver. We had a great experience with Nat and Joe from In Depth Watersports. This wreck has been set up to be an easy penetration and tour. Best to do with a guided tour so that you navigate the wreck easily and comfortably. The keel sat... More

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