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“Interesting dive”

Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef
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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.
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Fairfax, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Interesting dive”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

I dove the Kittiwake last week (August, 2014) and did not see as much marine life as I expected to, although we did see the most enormous parrotfish I have EVER seen! There are some other surprises on the Kittiwake, too, but don't expect to see a whole lot of colorful coral. It's just not there yet, which shouldn't be surprising considering that the ship was only sunk in January, 2011. I enjoyed this dive because of the history of the Kittiwake (it is the ship that found the blackbox from the Challenger space shuttle).

Visited August 2014
2 Thank Kris G
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New Port Richey, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Very neat wreck”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

This was my first wreck dive, and I thought it was really neat to see. It's been cleaned and opened up, so exploring felt very safe. While there definitely isn't as much life as the reefs, walls, or older wrecks, lots of fish have moved in, and there's already some sponge and soft coral growth. It will only get better with age.

Visited August 2014
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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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“A simply fantastic wreck dive”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

I have been a diver for almost twenty years, and a Divemaster for over fifteen. I have dived all across the world. I say this to give some context to my opinion on this 2011 (sunk 5 January 2011) wreck...

Launched in 1945, and withdrawn from USS service in 1994, this I s a simply FANTASTIC wreck. It is big wreck (251 feet long)' in shallow water (60 feet to the sand) which has been prepared for scuba divers. The shallow depth gives loads and loads of bottom time. I was on Kittiwake for an hour today, and came up with more than 1000psi in my tank.

The preparation for divers means that you can access the ship's inner rooms, visit the on-board decompression chamber, see your own reflection in the mirrors in the restrooms, and of course go into the bridge and wheelhouse.

There are metal plaques all over it, and you'll read of all the organisations that were involved in the preparations for, and the sinking.

Amongst the interesting facts about this vessel, it recovered the flight recorders from the Challenger space shuttle disaster in 1986. Really, I cannot recommend this wreck too highly. Go with a good Divemaster/guide, and you'll see it all. Happy bubbles! If my review has been of interest, please reward me with a "Helpful" vote - thank you.

Visited August 2014
8 Thank Stephen A
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Asheboro, North Carolina
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fantastic Dive”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

This was my son's first ocean dive and it will be hard to top for his next dive. Ship is very well set up for access by any level diver. Visibility is great and the ship is shallow enough to allow a long time on it before surfacing.

Visited August 2014
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Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A long swim but well worth it!”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

As avid snorkelers, we haven't ever had the opportunity to see a sunken ship. Until now! Wow, this was way better than some of the reports! The entire ship was visible from stem to stern. Clear water and a good assortment of fish. Plus there's great coral most of the way out. Just watch out for boat traffic!

Visited July 2014
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