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Address: Avarua, Cook Islands

The SS Matai, owned by the Union Steam Ship Co., was carrying a load of...

The SS Matai, owned by the Union Steam Ship Co., was carrying a load of Model T cars when it was wrecked on Dec. 24, 1916. This area is now a favorite spot for snorkeling and diving.

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Swim to a shipwreck you can explore as much as you like

Turns out so long as the current isn't strong (which is not that often, and do check with local dive shops for advise on this), it's a very easy swim from the main harbour. I lost... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2017
Alex H
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

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

Thank Glenda D
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

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 boiler and dive off it. (Expect rusted metal cuts/grazes - don't climb up if you're behind on your Tetanus). It is not... More 

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Reviewed 10 January 2017

Turns out so long as the current isn't strong (which is not that often, and do check with local dive shops for advise on this), it's a very easy swim from the main harbour. I lost track of how many times we swam out there, but enjoyed it every time. The wreck is scattered across a large area, and if... More 

Thank Alex H
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

I swam out at low tide from the boat ramp. Keep to the right hand side for 200m, looking at the coral and fish, then cut across the channel to the wreck. The debris field lies in about 6m of water along the edge of the reef.

Thank Pat M
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 31 October 2016

Our group of travellers swum out with some locals to the wreck of the Matai. It is known locally as the 'Old Boiler'. It was quite a long swim out and only recommended for component swimmers. Everyone jumped off the boiler and did some snorkelling around the base area. A fun day out. There are tour groups that include the... More 

Thank mrandmrsbeas
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Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

This is visible ftom the beach.A good place to dive.This is one of the tourist attraction here.You can see it on your drive around the island.

Thank SE s
New Zealand
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful dive round the Matai. It is fun to check out the wreak which seems massive when you swim up and down it. Can also imagine what it must have been like when it was floating!

Thank sallysage
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

Awesome to hear history re this wreck. Snapped quite a few pics from various locations during our stay on Raro.

Thank Whitey2761
Auckland NZ & London UK
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Reviewed 27 January 2016

The Maitai wrecked in 1916 carrying cars from the US to NZ,a and sits just outside the main town in only a few meters of water. As its on the reef, there is losts of surge and the surf breaks over the large 3-stage compression boiler seen in the photo. Diving with Dive Rarotonga a lot of fun - lion... More 

2 Thank 90s
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 16 January 2016

Several times a year we have the boiler swim, which starts out of the harbor and around the boiler. After 5 cyclones in 2005 there's not much left underwater but rusted steel. It's about 850 meters out and back and the snorkeling is good.

Thank GramaGoose

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