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On the Semi-sub - Awesome

Great tour on the semi-submersible that leaves from Avarua Harbour - great trip for family and... read more

Reviewed 16 June 2017
NZFisherNZ
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Auckland, New Zealand
Wreck of the Matai

We were lucky enought to enjoy a view of this wreck from shore, from Trader Jacks deck whilst... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2017
Cheysreview
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Auckland, New Zealand
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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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  • Very good39%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
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“lion fish” (4 reviews)
“semi sub” (2 reviews)
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Avarua, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 16 June 2017

Great tour on the semi-submersible that leaves from Avarua Harbour - great trip for family and adults. Highly recommended!

Thank NZFisherNZ
Reviewed 13 May 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 photo opportunity too.

Thank Cheysreview
Reviewed 15 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
Reviewed 25 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...More

4  Thank TheBigTravelBoss
Reviewed 11 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,...More

1  Thank Alex H
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...More

Thank Pat M
Reviewed 1 November 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...More

Thank mrandmrsbeas
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
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
Reviewed 29 June 2016

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

Thank Whitey2761
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