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 Rarotonga travel route planner to get the most from your Rarotonga vacation.
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  • June 15, 2017
    Great tour on the semi-submersible that leaves from Avarua Harbour - great trip for family and adults. Highly recommended!  more »
  • May 12, 2017
    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 »
  • March 30, 2017
    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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