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Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
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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 18, 2015
Debbie V
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West Auckland
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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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Thank Whitey2761
Auckland NZ & London UK
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5 of 5 stars 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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Thank 90s
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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3 of 5 stars 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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Thank GramaGoose
Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars 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

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Thank tga_rach
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars 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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Thank Philip168
Auckland
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5 of 5 stars 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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West Auckland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 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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New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015 via mobile

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 20, 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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