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Wreck of the Matai, Avarua

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Historic Site Tourist Spot
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. Plan to see Wreck of the Matai and other attractions that appeal to you using our Rarotonga travel itinerary maker.
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  • Great tour on the semi-submersible that leaves from Avarua Harbour - great trip for family and adults. Highly recommended!  more »
  • We were lucky enought to enjoy a view of this wreck from shore, from Trader Jacks deck whilst having lunch and also up close via the Reef sub, A really interesting wreck with lots of history. Great ph...  more »
  • Please visit the Library before you check out & museum Matai, where do you get the story why it is where it is and why. You can see from the beach if you are in the city centre.
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Since pristine white beaches and turquoise lagoons are never far away in Rarotonga, where you stay depends entirely on how much you want to spend. The hotels and resorts tend to cluster around the most scenic beaches and lagoons. At the higher end, luxury resorts offer pampering comfort, but often share their beaches with much more affordable accommodations. If you want to explore a certain part of the island, look for lodgings nearby: although the buses are extremely convenient, they tend to meander at a very slow pace.
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