The historic Ex-USS Kittiwake has been on the ocean floor since it’s sinking in January of 2011. In service from 1945 to 1994, the ship’s most memorable duty was the diligent recovery of the Challenger Space Shuttle. Over the years, the underwater wreck has blossomed into a beautiful and dynamic environment for marine life. It has since become a sought-after site for divers of every skill level as well as snorkellers to explore as it is only 55 feet below and easily accessible. Divers will admire the ship’s five decks, overflowing with a rainbow of rare sponges, goliath groupers, squirrelfish and urchins.


Kittiwake is one of the best wreck dives in the Caribbean. I have dove the Kittiwake a couple times and it continues to be an amazing wreck dive. Not only is the ship itself fascinating, as an artificial reef it is teeming with fish. A very cool dive site, the best way to see it is by scuba, but it is in shallow enough water that it makes a great snorkel destination as well.

Review by TripAdvisor traveler Eric W

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