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

Park visitors have no difficulty finding a meal, since you'll find numerous choices of dining options in this general area. The most convenient eatery to Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef is Heritage Kitchen by the Sea, which serves Caribbean meals. The eatery is a slight ways away, but far-off enough that you might want to make advance plans for using a means of transportation to get there. Also within a short distance, you'll find eateries such as Liberty's and The Heritage Cafe where you and your companions may try a bite of Cayman cuisine and enjoy the local foods and culture of the Cayman Islands.

Nearby Attractions

Those who enjoy outdoor parks, and are interested in visiting others, should consider going to Garvin Park and Trafalgar Square; which are both a mile and a half to the southeast of Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef. Other types of local activities include Dolphin Cove, which is within traveling range in Batabano. You might also consider checking out Cayman Turtle Farm, which is another attraction not far away.

An outdoor park is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

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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