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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.
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Well worth a trip out on the Semi Sub to view

There were 8 of us including a child of 2 that went on the Semi Sub (just go To Avarua Port to catch it, 9am,11am,2pm and 4pm daily departures as long as it's not too windy) The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This wreck is standing not far away from the shore. It is easy to see from the main street by the sea in Avarua town center. It is the memory of history, but not very impressive, when see it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We saw this firstly from the sub. The sub was good because the sub man pointed out various bits that you could see and gave them names. Secondly I snorkelled out to the wreck myself. I parked in Avarua town, walked across the shallows at low tide. Then swam out to the wreck. It was great to see it first... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

There were 8 of us including a child of 2 that went on the Semi Sub (just go To Avarua Port to catch it, 9am,11am,2pm and 4pm daily departures as long as it's not too windy) The trip only takes 1 1/2 hours at a very slow pace so you won't have to worry about getting sea sick. For those... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

On a sunny day the light reflects off the water and it is amazing to go snorkeling round the wreck of the Matai. Good to check the layout of the ship before you head down but a great experience for those who love snorkeling round checking out the sea life.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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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.

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Napier, New Zealand
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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.

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London, United Kingdom
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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.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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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 

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Sydney, Australia
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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.

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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 

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