Rainbow Warrior Wrek and Reef Dive Bay of Islands

Rainbow Warrior and Reef Dive

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.


  • Diving The Rainbow Warrior Wreck

  • Diving the Beautiful Cavalli Islands

  • Amazing scenary


Full Description

Your Dive Day

We start the dive day at 7:45am at our dive shop on Williams Rd in Paihia. We organize equipment and paper work, and load our mini bus and trailer for a 8:30am departure. We drive 45 minutes north to Matauri Bay were we launch our 7.5m inflatable boat from the beach.  Once at Matauri Bay we set up scuba gear, put wet suits on, and do the safety briefing.  Launching the boat is lots of fun from the beach and makes it a very short boat ride of 8 minutes to the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior.

After the wreck dive we head to one of the beautiful beaches on the Cavalli Islands for some lunch/snorkelling, and if we have any reef/DSD divers on board they do their first dive.

After lunch we then head to one of the many great reef dive sites in the Cavalli Islands. This is normally an 18m or less dive exploring the volcanic reef areas. We have plenty of swim throughs, tunnels and caves, so if you are keen on this let us know!

Once all the diving is done we head back to Matauri Bay, arriving at about 2:30pm and back to Paihia around 4:00pm. Arrival at Paihia can vary depending on how busy the boat is and if customers require to be back for a bus. If you are catching a bus in the afternoon, please let us know!



2 dives

Dive guide option

Boat trip

Meeting Point

We meet at the Paihia Dive shop on Williams Road at 7.45am, can also meet at Matauri bay Holiday Park at 9:15am

Additional Information

Full gear hire and lunch available. If you are an Open Water Diver you will need to select the Deep Adventure Dive option to dive the wreck.

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours before activity starts.

Good weather is required for this experience. If we need to cancel due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.

There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.

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NZ$ 180

per person

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Wreck and Reef Dive

Dive the Rainbow Warrior Wreck and a reef dive in the Cavalli Islands
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Duration: 8 Hours
Maximum Passengers: 10

Deep Adventure Dive on the wreck and a Reef Dive

For Open Water Divers we can dive the wreck with an instructor doing a Deep Adventure Dive, counts towards the Padi Adva...Show More
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Duration: 8 Hours
Maximum Passengers: 10


Full Gear Hire

If you need to hire all equipment this is the package price.
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Tanks and Weights.

If you have all gear except tanks and weights, choose this option.
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Includes a lovely sandwich, a slice, a chocolate bar and an apple. We also have a vegetarian option
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