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Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef (Grand Cayman)

#3 in Best Things To Do in Cayman Islands

Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef picture in Cayman Islands
Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef picture in Cayman Islands
Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef picture in Cayman Islands
Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef picture in Cayman Islands
Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef picture in Cayman Islands
Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef picture in Cayman Islands

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  • Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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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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