Diving the Rainbow Warrior

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5 reviews
Jul 11, 2007
I've rated this as 'average cost' though it can be cheaper or even free if you're in Northland long enough and have dive buddies with a boat!!!

The Warrior wreck is located in 28m of water out of Matauri Bay in the Bay of Islands. The mooring buoy is one boat only so, if you're going independantly, it's best to cruise out early to avoid the crowds at this popular dive site which is steeped in history and a memorial to those who died aboard her. The facts of the sinking of the Warrior in Auckland Harbour are detailed in guidebooks and the internet. I'll tell you about the dive.

The descent down the mooring line is eerie, with an ominous shadow 20-30m away. On approach you can determine that you are at the front of the boat and can see that in its short time on the seabed it has transformed into a living reef. Tiny, bright jewel anenomes coat the hull, strings of kelp trail from the cargo hold and peering into the gloom through the gaping hole which sunk the ship you can see immense schools of 'bigeye' and huge snappers that have taken refuge.

Hidden between and underneath planks on the side decks there are crayfish, more bigeye and I saw an octopus! On the main deck there are swim throughs allowing you to penetrate the wreck without too much lighting equipment (be prepared though...it's still an overhead environment) and you can get amongst the schooling fish in the gloom. Underneath planks I saw 2 scorpionfish (don't touch!!!) and then made my way to the mooring line to ascend.

The Rainbow Warrior was an outstanding dive of around 40 minutes for me. A loss for Greenpeace became (and is still developing into) a living reef supporting a huge range of creatures in our fragile oceans...LOOK AFTER THE PLANET.
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