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Address: Avarua, Cook Islands

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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400m swim.

I swam out at low tide from the boat ramp. Keep to the right hand side for 200m, looking at the coral and fish, then cut across the channel to the wreck. The debris field lies in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Pat M
Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I swam out at low tide from the boat ramp. Keep to the right hand side for 200m, looking at the coral and fish, then cut across the channel to the wreck. The debris field lies in about 6m of water along the edge of the reef.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

Our group of travellers swum out with some locals to the wreck of the Matai. It is known locally as the 'Old Boiler'. It was quite a long swim out and only recommended for component swimmers. Everyone jumped off the boiler and did some snorkelling around the base area. A fun day out. There are tour groups that include the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

This is visible ftom the beach.A good place to dive.This is one of the tourist attraction here.You can see it on your drive around the island.

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful dive round the Matai. It is fun to check out the wreak which seems massive when you swim up and down it. Can also imagine what it must have been like when it was floating!

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

Awesome to hear history re this wreck. Snapped quite a few pics from various locations during our stay on Raro.

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Auckland NZ & London UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2016

The Maitai wrecked in 1916 carrying cars from the US to NZ,a and sits just outside the main town in only a few meters of water. As its on the reef, there is losts of surge and the surf breaks over the large 3-stage compression boiler seen in the photo. Diving with Dive Rarotonga a lot of fun - lion... More 

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Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2016

Several times a year we have the boiler swim, which starts out of the harbor and around the boiler. After 5 cyclones in 2005 there's not much left underwater but rusted steel. It's about 850 meters out and back and the snorkeling is good.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2015

went on the Raro Reef Sub to see this ...... great to hear the story behind why she sits there, and to see the remains on the sea bed below. If history had been this interesting and informative at school maybe I'd have passed the grades LOL

Thank tga_rach
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 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 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 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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