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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.
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Sunken History

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 4, 2014
Keith E
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Napier, New Zealand
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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.

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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 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.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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97 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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 

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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 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.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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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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Busselton, Australia
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4 helpful votes 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

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Auckland, New Zealand
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66 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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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!

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Southport, Australia
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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!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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28 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

The wreck of the Matai, just about all visitors ask what is that thing out in the water!! Seen from Trader Jacks or by the shopping area, I think its worth just knowing what it is but really not much else.....So many wrecks around the Islands.....Books have been written on these wrecks, Don Silk, the late Harbour master wrote a... More 

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