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The Rainbow Warrior was a Greenpeace flagship bombed by French secret agents in the harbor of Auckland.

Name Dive Site:Rainbow Warrior
Depth: 15-25m (49-82ft)
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Come and explore 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. This artificial reef has matured into an ever growing host to marine life. The wreck is a splendor of color with jewel colored anemones clinging to the rails in hues of purple, yellow and blue. It is the home to schools of Golden Snapper, Kingfish and John Dory. Don't miss the opportunity to dive on one of the world's most famous wrecks.

Shortly before midnight on the night of 10 July 1985 two high explosive devices, attached to the hull of the Rainbow Warrior some time previously, detonated within the space of a few minutes. The force of the explosions was such that a hole eight feet in size was opened below the waterline at the engine room. The vessel sank within minutes. Earlier that evening approximately 30 people had been on board the ship attending a birthday party and at the time of the explosion 12 people, including the captain, were still present. Fernando Pereira, crew member and official photographer was drowned while attempting to retrieve photographic equipment from his cabin.

Following the incident the French Government denied any involvement. It was only after two months of constant international pressure and increasing evidence that they finally admitted they were behind the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior. She was refloated on 21 August 1985 and transported to Devonport Naval base in Auckland for detailed examination where a close analysis resulted in the reluctant decision by Greenpeace to scuttle the vessel, the damage being too extensive to repair.

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- Diveops & Water Taxi, Main Wharf Building Paihia, Bay Of Islands

Diveops & Water Taxi
09 4025454
09 4026678
 Main Wharf Building Paihia
Bay Of Islands

Scuba Diving in the beautiful Bay of Iands. Adventure diving at its best explore both the Rainbow Warrior & Canterbury Wrecks. Reef diving boast great undersea caves, kelp forest soft corals and an abundant fish life. Small groups - Big experience.

- Performance Diver NZ Ltd, 74 Barry's Point Road, Takapuna , Auckland

Performance Diver NZ Ltd

Performance Diver NZ
64 9 489 7782
64 9 489 7782
 74 Barry's Point Road, Takapun...

Performance Diver NZ Ltd is a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre. Established in 1998 at 74 Barry's Point Road, Takapuna in Auckland and has grown to be New Zealand's largest Retail supplier of Scuba diving equipment. Priding itself in offering Divers the best value for money available with a philosophy that WE WONT BE BEATEN ON PRICE and offering customers opportunity to "Buy Direct From The Importer"

Online Dive Store, Huge Scuba Equipment selection, Dive Wetsuits, Drysuits, Steamer & Spring Suits, Equipment Servicing, Air Fills, Dive Trips, Overseas Dive Trips, Water Rats Dive Club, 5 Star PADI Dive Centre, Beginner to Professional Diver Training, Full Quality Equipment Hire.

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- C Dive, 19A Edkins Road, Kerikeri

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 19A Edkins Road


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Name: lars, © Author: Lars Hemel

This was my first dive i cold water of 19 degrees Celsius. It was extremely cold. We wore 5mm wet suits with boots and head, but in between both dives today I was trembling and drinking plenty of hot soup.

Cold water diving is very different with other types of coral and fish, different marine and plant life. The rainbow warrior is anew wreck (1987) and not completely crowded in fish yet, but its history makes it an interesting dive.

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