Wreck of the Matai, Avarua

3.8
#3 of 6 in Historic Sites in Cook Islands
Teeming with colorful fish and other sea creatures, Wreck of the Matai offers swimmers and divers plenty to see and explore. The final resting place of SS Matai, a vessel that carried Model T cars when it sank here in 1916, the shipwreck now appears entirely integrated into the seascape. While you can view the wrecked ship from the coast, several options allow you to get up close and see the site from the water. Head out with a diving or submarine tour, or just swim out with snorkeling gear and reef shoes. For Wreck of the Matai and beyond, use our Avarua travel route planner to get the most from your Avarua vacation.
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  • A visible reminder of the ship dangers many years ago. It is rusting away. If you want to learn more about it, suggest going to the library and museum not too far away. There you can read about the de...  more »
  • almost a postcard. You can see him walking through the pedestrian mall in the heart of Avarua, or even from the Trader Jacks bar, enjoying the visual sitting doing a snack or drinking something. recommend in late afternoon. didn't do snorkeling nearby. alone is risky because the area, even being near the island and countertop, features marine currents.
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  • Good snorkel spot. If you plan on going on the reefsub or rongohiva speedboat, don't bother making a special trip as these both give you opportunities to snorkel around the wreck. At low tide you can ...  more »
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