Wreck of the Matai
Wreck of the Matai
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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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John S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Papa turtle experience is a definite while in Raro.
Great experience and a wonderful team of helpers.
Safety first, even if you are not able to swim.
Papa turtle makes the day an unforgettable experience with his stories.
Written 14 April 2024
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Ben R
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I really liked this snorkel adventure with the family. The swim was easy and we were able to see a lot of cool things and I loved the shipwreck.
Written 29 October 2019
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WellingtonChicky
Wellington, New Zealand69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Last time I reviewed, I was only snorkelling. The most recent time I went to the wreck of the Matai, I was told at high tide you can climb up and jump off. Unfortunately, I was there at lowtide but just thought I'd share that tidbit!
Written 26 September 2019
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novosoftnz
Auckland Central, New Zealand227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
By far the best views from Trader Jacks, while sipping a nice cold beer or wine. loved it here. Great for cloase up photos of the wreck also.
Written 17 September 2019
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Tao
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Business
Previous reviews are incorrect. The museum has story boards detailing the wreck of the Maitai. There is also an opportunity to view the wreck from the Raro Reef Sub, a semi submersible boat. You get to hear the story of the ship as well as to view the remains of her from underwater windows on the boat. The trip is weather dependant however but good value.
Written 30 June 2019
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Angie Stern-Lynch 👫
Newcastle, Australia3,755 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Seeing this from above was pretty cool ...
you are able to see the outline of the ship which gave you a different preceptive of the ship wreck.
A great snorkeling and dive spot for many.
Written 22 March 2019
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DEJAY
Melbourne, Australia431 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
Really only the boiler left and as there is virtually no other info about it its not all that exciting. Maybe if you scuba dived there is more to see.
Written 14 March 2019
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GDay1044
Durban, South Africa1,202 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
Just two rusty boilers are now all that remains of the Matai that foundered on the reef in 1916 – sadly there was no ‘history information board that we could find – a seen it when passing attraction unless you are a diver as any wreck creates an excellent reef as other reviews have noted
Written 1 December 2018
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wayne m
Greensboro, NC1,139 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
A visible reminder of the ship dangers many years ago. It is rusting away. If you want to learn more about it, suggest going to the library and museum not too far away. There you can read about the details.
Written 31 October 2018
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WellingtonChicky
Wellington, New Zealand69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Good snorkel spot. If you plan on going on the reefsub or rongohiva speedboat, don't bother making a special trip as these both give you opportunities to snorkel around the wreck. At low tide you can swim/walk out to it, it's quite a big wreck and one of the best snorkel spots on the island
Written 3 August 2018
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