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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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If you want to find out whether you enjoy diving wrecks, you can't find a better place than the Kittiwake. It's been set up for inexperienced divers to penetrate without ever... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Oakton, Virginia
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Oakton, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

If you want to find out whether you enjoy diving wrecks, you can't find a better place than the Kittiwake. It's been set up for inexperienced divers to penetrate without ever feeling too claustrophobic (I ALWAYS feel a little claustrophobic inside a write). Easily accessible.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Really an easy dive, shallow, easy penetration. No really hazards. It's been down about 5 years now. Growth is just beginning.

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Flower Mound, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

While the Kittiwake is known mostly as a site for diving, my family thoroughly enjoyed the snorkel there as well. The wreck sits in 64 feet of water that is quite clear, so you can see the entire wreck while snorkeling. At its shallowest, the wreck is only about 12 feet deep, so even my kids (with the aid of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This is a great wreck for diving, the wreck is in relatively shallow water so you won't burn up air and no deco time like you do in deeper wrecks. There's plenty of light and the ship has been really opened up so doing swimthroughs isn't claustrophobic. The wreck is only 5 years old so it's just starting to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

If you are a diver headed to Grand Cayman...the Kittiwake is a must! Great dive, very easy, and the ship is easily penetrated without difficulty or danger.

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Harrisonburg, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is as good a first wreck dive as you could ask for. It is in less than 80' of water, less than a mile from the beach (so the boat ride takes about 10 minutes). The water is clear and warm and there is no current. You can see the hull from the surface before you even get in... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Highly recommended experience- recommend using Ambassador Divers. Make sure you have a go pro- there will be great photo opportunities.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Great, relatively easy wreck dive. No need for a wreck certification, most of the rooms have multiple easy exits. Great photo opportunities in the heads where the mirrors are still there (though fish have broken them from smashing into them) and at the wheel of the ship. There are tons of little sand eels (can't remember the name) around the... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The wreck has been opened up to make it very easy to explore. There is access for all levels of divers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Did full length of wreck inside and it was fantastic. Nice harpon and silversides join you inside. Traning for wreck diving recommended by me as it is many levels. Need flash light, full exposure protection and be knowledgeable of the deck plans. Great fun.

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Address: West Bay KY1, Grand Cayman
Phone Number: 345-949-8522
Location: Caribbean  >  Cayman Islands  >  Grand Cayman  >  West Bay

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