* Denotes Required Inputs

* Denotes Required Inputs

Diving the Kittiwake

28 May 2012
Diving the Kittiwake
Cayman welcomed a new and rather interesting dive site in January 2011. This was a long anticipated dive site arrival as many people had spent years organising the arrival of ex-USS Kittiwake to Cayman's shores. With almost 50 years of active service, the Kittiwake had once been a submarine rescue vessel, the primary mission of the Kittiwake was to rescue sailors from downed submarines. She was very much a diving vessel. 
 
 
    
 
Photo by Patrick Gorham The Kittiwake was deliberately sunk on Janury 5th 2011, surrounded by interested divers, local fishermen and the news crew all of whom watched her controlled sinking.  Kittiwake sinking can be viewed HERE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TPhoto by Larson Woodhe Kittiwake is perfect for both diving and snorkelling. Divers can explore the five decks on the 47 foot tall Kittiwake, which sits in a sandy bottom with reef several yards away. Snorkelers can swim overhead and see the main decks and topography of the ship plus take a look down the smoke stack that opens up straight down to the bottom of the hull and the engine rooms. The Caribbean clear waters allow viewing the enormity of the Kittiwake possible and she has since become a favourite photo subject.
 
 
 
 
 
Photo by Courtney PlattOver the years this artificial reef will play host and prosper a growing variety of marine life. After merely a year underwaer a variety of fish can be found in and around the Kittiwake, as well as the beginnings of hard coral colonies attached to the ship.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Kittiwake is a marine park, divers and snorkellers are required to follow all marine park guidelines, including visiting the park with a CITA Kittiwake licensed operator or licensing private vessels and purchasing daily passes for all guests at the CITA Visitor's Centre.
 
For more specific information on the history of the Kittiwake, the dive site or what the park fees are visit www.kittiwakecayman.com.
 

You may also be interested in the following

FOOD FOR THOUGHT /GATEWAY OF INDIA TAKE OUT

AUTHENTIC INDIAN FOOD FOR DELIVERY OR PICKUP

Kings Sports Centre

King''s Sports Centre is a multipurpose facility geared towards providing the community with a variety of sporting, recreational, and relaxing activities all under one roof.

City Wok

Located in the heart of George Town.

West Indies Wine Company

A unique wine tasting bar, serving 80 wines by the glass, spirits & beers along with freshly made flatbreads & cheese & meat platters. WIWC is also a full liquor retail store.

Cayman Islands Tennis Club

Our beautiful club in South Sound, Grand Cayman, offers nice courts and five tennis pro''s offering junior, cardio, private and group lessons to people of all ages and skills.

The Greenhouse Restaurant

The Greenhouse is a Farm to Table Restaurant in the heart of George Town.

Locked Inn Cayman

The themed escape rooms at Locked Inn Cayman give you and your team a chance to discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks to escape in 45 minutes or less!

Sandbar Daiquiri Bar & Grill

Sandbar is the only ocean-front bar in Downtown Georgetown offering unique Premium Daiquiris, Exceptional Service, and all-around good vibes. We look forward to seeing you soon!