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Mai Tai wreck

Great dive plenty to see. Thanks sandy of pacific divers for showing us around the wreck. Had a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
vupton63
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Whangaparaoa, New Zealand
Easy to see the wrech

Possible to see a lot of this old ship. Quite interesting and also a lot of colorfull fishes nearby... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Milde13
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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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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  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
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Avarua, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Great dive plenty to see. Thanks sandy of pacific divers for showing us around the wreck. Had a couple of intro divers with us and they managed extremely well. Saw some different fish than the traders dive so a fun time was had

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Possible to see a lot of this old ship. Quite interesting and also a lot of colorfull fishes nearby and turtles

Thank Milde13
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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

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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

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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!

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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.

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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

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