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“Plays an important part in the annual triathlon” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Wreck of the Matai

Wreck of the Matai
Avarua, Cook Islands
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Ranked #9 of 19 things to do in Avarua
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Owner description: 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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“Plays an important part in the annual triathlon”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

As others have said - not a pretty attraction. But it does play an important part in the annual Triathlon which takes place in May every year. There is always a swim in Avarua 'round the boiler' which is part of this wreck.

Visited May 2012
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“Just some metal in the sea”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

It's not really something to "visit." The story's interesting and the big metal object is a visual in the ocean. But it's not like you really even get close....

Visited March 2012
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New Braunfels, Texas
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“sightseeing in Avarua”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

Not much to see really, just the remains of the boiler from the old wreck. Makes you wonder how in the world it could wreck there.

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“Awesome wreck”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

We went out on the sub boat so we could see the wreck from the top of the ocean surface and then from down below through the portholes. The knowledge of the owners was excellent and it was a very interesting trip. The views of the island from the boat were awesome

Visited September 2011
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Very cool!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2011

I did my PADI 'Advanced Open Water' course with 'The Dive Centre'. I ended up doing 8 dives during the trip and this was one of them.

If other divers have dived massive wrecks, they may not find this one that impressive, but it was my first wreck and so I loved it.

The wreck is spread out over a small distance, so you can start at one end, then swim over the middle section and make your way to the other end.

It was a bit like being in a huge fish tank, with fish who have made the wreck home.

Sasha, the awesome dive instructor/owner from 'The Dive Centre' told us where we would likely find Lionfish and sure enough, there was one in the bow and one in the stern.

Considering you are on a tropical Island, it's pretty cool having a dive site like this there.

Visited September 2011
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