Wreck of the Matai, Avarua

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#4 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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  • It is worth a look to see what's left of this wrecked ship. Now that I'm back from my vacation, I am Googling it's interesting history.  more »
  • 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 »
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