Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef (Grand Cayman)#3 in Best Things To Do in Cayman Islands
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The USS Kittiwake was an ex-U.S. Navy submarine that served for more than 50 years before it was sunk off the coast of popular Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman in 2011. The submerged submarine and artificial reef now delights scuba divers with its swim throughs and sea life, including shrimp, eels, barracuda, turtles and grouper.
Because Kittiwake is a popular dive site, recent travelers highly recommend booking your reservation in advance. Others say it's a great wreck dive for beginners (thanks to the high visibility and shallow placement on the reef – around 60 feet), but it's equally fun for advanced divers. Even snorkelers enjoy the dive site: Since the water is so clear, they can see the submerged submarine from near the surface.
Located off the coast of Seven Mile Beach, Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef is accessible through dive operators, such as Ocean Frontiers (with boat dives that start at $95), Cayman Turtle Divers (with boat dives that start at $105) and Ambassador Divers (starting at $115), among others.
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#1 Seven Mile Beach (Grand Cayman)
For several years now, Seven Mile Beach has been lauded as one of the Caribbean's best beaches. Take one glance at this crescent-shaped shore and one sniff of the soft, coral sand and you'll easily understand why. Many of Grand Cayman's best resorts are situated on Seven Mile, and there are a number of casual beach bars and restaurants, a playground, restrooms and showers to boot. What's more, it's also a great spot to try snorkeling for the first time – the clear water allows snorkelers to see the vibrant fish and beautiful coral.
Recent visitors enjoyed the calm waves and soft sand even though there were heavy crowds. Reviewers say Seven Mile Beach is one of the most beautiful places in the world, affording ample opportunities to snorkel and stand-up paddleboard, as well as build sand castles and take long walks.
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