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.


Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef is situated toward the southern outskirts of West Bay.

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

Nearby Restaurants

Of course, one of the most exciting options while spending a few hours exploring the area could be enjoying a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of this park. The most convenient place to eat to Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef is Heritage Kitchen by the Sea, which offers Caribbean food. The restaurant is a small ways off, but out of the way enough that you might decide to make arrangements for taking advantage of some type of transportation to get there. Also within a short distance, you'll encounter restaurants including West Bay Diner and Alfresco Restaurant where you and your party should not end your meal without trying their specialty seafood.

Nearby Attractions

If you are interested in seeing two parks, find out more about Garvin Park, found not too far from this location if you've got a car. Additional local attractions include Dolphin Cove, which is within traveling distance in Batabano. You might also want to think about checking out Cayman Turtle Farm, which is another attraction nearby.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never get bored. The attractions closest to this location are found 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
Dolphin Discovery Other Attraction 1.7 mi. (2.6 km) NW West Bay
Turtle Reef -- 2.0 mi. (2.6 km) NNW 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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