Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef (Grand Cayman)

#3 in Best Things To Do in Cayman Islands
Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef (Grand Cayman) picture
Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef (Grand Cayman)
1 of 3
EXTREME-PHOTOGRAPHER/Getty Images

Details

Sightseeing, Swimming/Pools Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 5.0Atmosphere

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. 

See all Hotels in Cayman Islands »

More Best Things To Do in Cayman Islands

Seven Mile Beach (Grand Cayman)
Stingray City (Grand Cayman)
Type
Time to Spend
1 of 9
#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.  

Read more
eric laudonien/Getty Images
See full list of Best Things To Do in Cayman Islands »

Explore More of Cayman Islands

Recommended

The 15 Best Charleston Tours

See everything this historic South Carolina city has to offer on one of these guided excursions.

John RodwanJune 19, 2019

The 5 Best Kauai Helicopter Tours

See the Garden Island's far-reaching beauty from the air.

Holly JohnsonJune 14, 2019

The 6 Best Las Vegas Helicopter Tours

Get a thrilling look at the lights and sights of Sin City and its surroundings with one of these tours.

Holly JohnsonJune 13, 2019

20 Road Trip Essentials for Your Vacation

These road trip must-haves can help you save money, travel more comfortably and ensure you stay safe on the open road.

Holly JohnsonJune 13, 2019

13 Top Charlottesville Wineries to Visit

Sip a glass of Virginia's signature viognier as the sun sets over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Gwen PratesiJune 12, 2019

The 16 Best Seattle Tours

Explore the Emerald City's natural beauty and urban offerings with these guided excursions.

Lyn MettlerJune 12, 2019

The 24 Best London Tours

Whether it's your first time in London or you're a repeat visitor, you'll experience a side of the city you've never seen with these tours.

Kim Foley MacKinnonJune 6, 2019

The 21 Best Paris Tours

Enhance your visit to the City of Love with one of these top tours.

Claire LawtonJune 5, 2019

The 20 Best New York City Tours

These guided tours help make the most of your time in the Big Apple.

John RodwanJune 4, 2019

The 24 Best Rome Tours

Enjoy the efficiency of an organized tour led by experts who bring Rome's history to life.

Kyle McCarthyMay 31, 2019