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“Just some metal in the sea”
Review of Wreck of the Matai

Ranked #6 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.
colorado
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Just some metal in the sea”
Reviewed 2 April 2012

It's not really something to "visit." The story's interesting and the big metal object is a visual in the ocean. But it's not like you really even get close....

Visited March 2012
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New Braunfels, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“sightseeing in Avarua”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

Not much to see really, just the remains of the boiler from the old wreck. Makes you wonder how in the world it could wreck there.

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North Shore City, New Zealand
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14 reviews
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“Awesome wreck”
Reviewed 23 October 2011

We went out on the sub boat so we could see the wreck from the top of the ocean surface and then from down below through the portholes. The knowledge of the owners was excellent and it was a very interesting trip. The views of the island from the boat were awesome

Visited September 2011
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
“Very cool!!!!!”
Reviewed 6 October 2011

I did my PADI 'Advanced Open Water' course with 'The Dive Centre'. I ended up doing 8 dives during the trip and this was one of them.

If other divers have dived massive wrecks, they may not find this one that impressive, but it was my first wreck and so I loved it.

The wreck is spread out over a small distance, so you can start at one end, then swim over the middle section and make your way to the other end.

It was a bit like being in a huge fish tank, with fish who have made the wreck home.

Sasha, the awesome dive instructor/owner from 'The Dive Centre' told us where we would likely find Lionfish and sure enough, there was one in the bow and one in the stern.

Considering you are on a tropical Island, it's pretty cool having a dive site like this there.

Visited September 2011
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