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“Not worth attention....”
Review of Wreck of the Matai

Ranked #5 of 21 things to do in Avarua
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 21 September 2013

Unless you want to get deeper into history of the island it is not worth spending time on checking the piece of metal sticking out of the water. You can have a decent view from the shore no need to swim to check rusting piece of metal.

1  Thank Spatchski
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

Diving since the early 90's its not often you add a fish to your tick list, the Wreck of the Matai delivered this, along with a beautiful specimen of a "standard lion fish and a not very shy grouper, find the oscillating lion fish it's by the Ghost Octopus!

Thank stucatling
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

We easily snorkelled out to the wreck from the marina and were awestruck by the amazing site of the wreck lying in 4-5m ocean. Not only is it intriguing to look at the boiler from the shore but the details of the wreck lying beneath the waves is amazing. It was well worth the swim out. Highly recommend it!

1  Thank Tamsin S
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

The wreck of the Matai, just about all visitors ask what is that thing out in the water!!
Seen from Trader Jacks or by the shopping area, I think its worth just knowing what it is but really not much else.....So many wrecks around the Islands.....Books have been written on these wrecks, Don Silk, the late Harbour master wrote a really good book on these wrecks, Cant recall name of the book just now, but worth a read.
The part you see sticking out of the water is just the Boiler.

1  Thank Will M
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

We saw the strange object jutting out from the ocean.......and had no idea what it was until we asked! Incredible to see a piece of history so close offshore.......and in front of the center of Avarua.

1  Thank silverfox1946
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