Dive the Rainbow Warrior. One of the world’s premier wreck dives, and which truly is the ‘Jewel of the North’
We launch our 7.5m inflatable from the beach at Matauri Bay, where we will have only a 5 min ride to the Cavalli Islands. You can then explore the wreck of the historical and controversial Greenpeace flagship – The Rainbow Warrior. Bombed in Auckland Harbour by French Secret Service agents on July 10th 1985, the wreck was relocated off the Cavalli Islands two years later.
The Rainbow Warrior was Greenpeace’s flagship.On its way to protest France’s nuclear testing on the Mururoa Atoll when it was sunk by French saboteurs on July 10, 1985, in Auckland Harbour. After the bombing Greenpeace gifted the Warrior to the sea and she now lies as an artificial reef in the Cavallii Islands, a refuge for the marine life she was sunk trying to protect. At a max depth of 26m the Warrior is now home to a huge variety of aquatic life and is a world renowned dive site.
The Warrior is an one of the world’s premier wreck dives, and truly is the ‘Jewel of the North’. “When man has destroyed the world through his greed, the Warriors of the
Rainbow will arise to save it again”This artificial reef has matured into an ever-growing host to marine life and is an excellent shallow water wreck dive suitable for certified open water divers. The wreck is a splendour of colour with jewel coloured anemones clinging to the rails in hues of purple, yellow and blue making it a great underwater photography subject. It is the home to schools of Golden Snapper, Kingfish and John Dory making this, one of the worlds most famous wrecks, a most memorable dive.
departing from Paihia is to the 11.4m long HMNZS Canterbury wreck she lies in one of the most stunning and sheltered locations in the bay. Accessible almost everyday, a trip to Deep Water Cove will take you through the heart of the Bay of Islands
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