Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef

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Kittiwake Shipwreck and Artificial Reef is the remains of the sunken ship Kittiwake, which is now developing into an artificial reef. With the assistance of licensed diver operators, tourists are invited to snorkel and scuba dive around the wreck.

Snorkelers will look down and immediately see the main decks and smoke stacks. Divers will have the added bonus of being able to look into the rooms and view the growing reef.


Situated toward the southern outskirts of West Bay, Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef always welcomes local customers and visitors who are lodging in this neighborhood or nearby. But even if you aren't staying nearby, you are free to drop by to check it out.

Kittiwake is located 64 feet under water, just off the northern end of Seven Mile Beach.

Nearby Restaurants

Of course, one of the most enjoyable possibilities while spending an afternoon exploring the area could be eating a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of the park. Liberty's, which plates up Caribbean food, is also the most convenient dining option from the park. The Heritage Cafe and Chef John's BBQ & Catering are some of the other restaurant choices nearby. At Chef John's BBQ & Catering you and your group should be sure to eat some Cayman cuisine and experience the Cayman Islands culture.

Nearby Attractions

Active travelers that enjoy parks, and would like to see others, should consider Garvin Park and Trafalgar Square; the second is 1.7 miles to the southeast of this park. Other types of local attractions include Dolphin Cove, which is within traveling range in Batabano. Also consider visiting Cayman Turtle Farm, which is another attraction in the area.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, take a look at what is closest in the following table.

Attractions Near Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Dolphin Cove Other Attraction 1.3 mi. (0.7 km) NE Batabano
Cayman Turtle Farm -- 1.6 mi. (2.5 km) NW West Bay
Turtle Reef -- 2.0 mi. (2.6 km) NNW West Bay
Barker's National Park Other Attraction 2.6 mi. (1.8 km) NE West Bay
Regal Camana Bay Stadium 6 Other Activities/Excursions 3.1 mi. (3.8 km) SSE 2.3 mi. North of Georgetown
National Gallery of the Cayman Islands Museum 3.5 mi. (3.0 km) SSE 1.9 mi. North of Georgetown
Fort George Historic Site 4.6 mi. (1.0 km) S Downtown Georgetown
Cayman Islands National Museum Museum 4.8 mi. (0.8 km) S Downtown Georgetown

More Information


There are no official operating hours for the shipwreck, however, there is a 90 minute time limit for divers and snorkelers.


Because the Kittiwake is protected under Cayman law, no fishing is permitted, and removing anything from the site is punishable by law.


In order to legally dive the Kittiwake Shipwreck, all visitors are required to wear a medallion to prove they have paid their entrance fee. You can obtain your medallion from your dive operator. Prices are as follows: $10(USD) for a 90 minute scuba dive and $5(USD) for a 90 minute snorkeling expedition.

Location: West Bay, Grand Cayman



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