THE KITTIWAKE – CAYMANS NEWEST UNDERWATER ATTRACTION!
The Kittiwake, a de-commissioned naval ship, is scheduled to be sunk on the north end of Grand Cayman’s world famous Seven Mile Beach during December 2010. It will provide underwater enthusiasts of all skill levels with a new year-round diving destination that is both easy to access and a thrill to explore. The Kittiwake, 250 feet long and built in 1945, is the first US military vessel to be acquired by a foreign country. It was a submarine rescue ship in the US Navy during World War II and was decommissioned in 1994.
The 5 deck 2200-ton Kittiwake was originally commissioned as a Chanticleer-class submarine rescue ship in the United States Navy during World War II. Now it will join the MV Captain Keith Tibbets, a Russian Frigate sunk off the coast of Cayman Brac in 1996, as one of the greatest artificial reefs in the Caribbean. The Kittiwake will be an interesting attraction for divers with lots of rooms for divers to search; such as the recompression chamber, air bank storage, the engine room and dive locker. Being sunk in only 65 feet of water, the top of the bridge and smoke stack will be 20 feet from the surface, a perfect depth for snorkelers to also be able to observe the wreck. BOOK NOW and be one of the first divers to discover The Kittiwake, Grand Cayman. Special Introductory Dive Packages available for a limited time.
3 DAYS OF TWO TANK BOAT DIVES
PLUS DIVE THE KITTIWAKE PRICE US$355
4 DAYS OF TWO TANK BOAT DIVES
PLUS DIVE THE KITTIWAKE PRICE US$450
5 DAYS OF TWO TANK BOAT DIVES
PLUS DIVE THE KITTIWAKE PRICE US$525
Kittiwake Sinking - The 1st Dive
Video Credit: Sean Crothers Divers entered the water and chased her down as the kittiwake hit the bottom.
This video shows the kittiwake immediately before and after sinking.
Video clip (as shot/unedited) of the Kittiwake wreck dive in the Cayman Islands.
A full exterior tour via scooter from top to bottom, 10 days after the sinkiing.
Scooter Pilots: Jim and Louis Blumenthal / Videographer: Elly Wray