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Scuba Diving in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands
Site: Maritime Reefer
Depth: 20 metres to wreck (65 feet), 51 metres + to seafloor (165 feet)
Visibility: 20 - 40 metres (65 - 130 feet)
The Maritime Reefer is a steel-hulled inter-island cargo ship that was sunk in the 1970's specifically to make a dive site. It is quite smashed up, but you can still make out what aspects of the wreckage are. The visibility was not so good in the shallows, but improved once I got some depth. I made my way over the coral and down onto the wreck where a lionfish was hiding. It lies at about 20 metres, but I had been given permission to do a deep bounce. On my way back up to the surface I saw a stonefish, triggerfish and a moray eel.
Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor
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