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Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef

West Bay KY1, Grand Cayman
345-949-8522
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Ranked #2 of 8 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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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We dove this wreck in the afternoon of October 15 and again that evening. The ship is upright and, for experienced divers, in great shape for penetration of its several decks. Watch out for the urchins that feed in the evening throughout the ship. Urchin spine punctures are a hazard best avoided.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

I took a snorkeling tour out to the kittiwake and had a great time. The crew on the boat was very accommodating and prepared for the trip. I don't feel that you need much time there. I think that I learned that I like reefs and island snorkeling more that ship wrecks, but it was still a great time.

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CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

While snorkeling a ship wreck was very cool- it was also our first time ever snorkeling a ship wreck. Not a lot in marine life but there is a nice amount of fish. Maybe it was an off day for the crew but we felt like cattle- being herded here and there. but that's what happens when there are a... More

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Winchester, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

My wife and I had a private jet ski tour and our first stop to snorkel was at the Kittiwake Shipwreck. Awesome snorkeling and a must see in Grand Cayman! We loved it!

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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Dove in the past on many wrecks. Since everybody on the island seems extasic about the Kittiwake, I though it would be a great one. While it is cool to be able to go inside, there is almost no marine life (this requires time), which is in my view the main idea behind wreck diving. So an average dive although... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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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