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Interesting Monolith

It is worth a look to see what's left of this wrecked ship. Now that I'm back from my vacation, I... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2018
David B
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Lancaster, California
Fun Jump!

Well worth the swim and the climb for a jump! Watch out for the currents and be careful swimming... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2018
KiwiShezza
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Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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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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Reviewed 26 February 2018

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.

Thank David B
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

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.

Thank KiwiShezza
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

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 Rarotongo

Thank lorraineval
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Reviewed 20 November 2017

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

Thank Aussie-in-paradise
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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!

1  Thank Derrick P
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...More

Thank Pat M
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