We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
Description: The SS Matai, owned by the Union Steam Ship Co., was carrying a load of...
The SS Matai, owned by the Union Steam Ship Co., was carrying a load of Model T cars when it was wrecked on Dec. 24, 1916. This area is now a favorite spot for snorkeling and diving.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 17 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 7
    Excellent
  • 5
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Very interesting to see

The wreck of the Maiti is very easy to see, as part of it is very visible above the water line. Easy to see from Avarua Harbour. And very visible if the Raro Reef Sub trip is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
Strickes
,
Rotorua, New Zealand
Add Photo Write a Review

17 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Rotorua, New Zealand
Level Contributor
513 reviews
193 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The wreck of the Maiti is very easy to see, as part of it is very visible above the water line. Easy to see from Avarua Harbour. And very visible if the Raro Reef Sub trip is taken.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Napier, New Zealand
Level Contributor
37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

My husband and son had the opportunity to dive this wreck with Dive Rarotonga, days later my son is still going on about his experience but this may have been more related to him enjoying the diving.

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

we just wondering what it was, and find out it was wreck . after we find out the name"wreck of the Matai". the area is full of wreck, but this one you can see so close.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
189 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is the wreck that is viewable right in the middle of town. It does not look much from the surface, but go closer and deeper and you do appreciate how big and old it actually is. From memory, I believe it sunk in 1916 !!!! Was great to see how the sea had turned a wreck into a place... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Catching a ride on the yellow submarine from the harbour took us right over the wreck. We were escorted part of the way by Giant Trevally which were offered some food by the skipper. The wreck is easily viewed from the semi submersible.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
148 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We took a trip on a calm day and the wreck was easily accessible for snorkeling off the reef. Lots of fish to see and plenty of bits of ship from the rudder to the bow, laid out neatly along the flat bottom. The various parts are now part of the reef with lots of growth of coral on the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Busselton, Australia
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Pacific Divers took us to this spot and for intro divers its a great dive site and interesting looking over the wreck

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
151 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Unless you want to get deeper into history of the island it is not worth spending time on checking the piece of metal sticking out of the water. You can have a decent view from the shore no need to swim to check rusting piece of metal.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Hamilton, New Zealand
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Diving since the early 90's its not often you add a fish to your tick list, the Wreck of the Matai delivered this, along with a beautiful specimen of a "standard lion fish and a not very shy grouper, find the oscillating lion fish it's by the Ghost Octopus!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Southport, Australia
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

We easily snorkelled out to the wreck from the marina and were awestruck by the amazing site of the wreck lying in 4-5m ocean. Not only is it intriguing to look at the boiler from the shore but the details of the wreck lying beneath the waves is amazing. It was well worth the swim out. Highly recommend it!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Wreck of the Matai also viewed

 
Rarotonga, Southern Cook Islands
Rarotonga, Southern Cook Islands
 

Been to Wreck of the Matai? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Wreck of the Matai

Address: Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Wreck of the Matai staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?