Wreck of the Matai, Avarua

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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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  • Well worth the swim and the climb for a jump! Watch out for the currents and be careful swimming back that you don't get too close to the reef.  more »
  • Left by one of the ships this still stands in the sea & the locals love it. It is very unusual to see this in the middle of the sea still standing. So it has become one of the place to see in Rarotong...  more »
  • This is for the history buffs. This wreck was carrying a cargo of Model T fords, some parts are still down there. The sea life around here is also amazing. well worth the time to explore  more »

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