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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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  • 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 »
  • The history of this was interesting to us... its something to see from the coast line... and a great spot to reflect on your visit  more »
  • I swam in fins, mask and snorkel. Many people swim out there au-naturel, but you need to be a strong swimmer for that. Don't forget, getting out there is only half the swim. You can climb up the boile...  more »