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.


Positioned in , happily welcomes residents and visitors who are rooming in this part of the Cayman Islands. However, even if you aren't staying in this location, you should consider stopping by to check it out.

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

Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef is located along the southern outskirts of West Bay.

Nearby Restaurants

There are numerous dining options to select from in the region around this park. The most proximate restaurant to Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef is Liberty's, which offers Caribbean dishes. Also close-by, you'll come across options such as The Heritage Cafe and Chef John's BBQ & Catering where you and your companions should try a bit of Cayman fare and experience the flavors of the Cayman Islands.

Nearby Attractions

Active travelers that are a fan of parks, and have the energy to view some others, might consider seeing Garvin Park and Trafalgar Square; the second of which is a mile and a half to the southeast of this park. Other types of local activities include Dolphin Cove, which is within traveling distance in Batabano. Furthermore, you can consider heading over to Cayman Turtle Farm, which is another attraction nearby.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't get bored. The following table contains a list of attractions nearby.

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.



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