Dunraven Wrack (Beacon Rock)

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Dive area  Straße von Gubal
Travel time  120 minutes
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Boat dive
* Difficulty: 2 * Current: 1 to 2 * The wreck is much less crowded than the Thistlegorm. * There is a splendid, virtually intact coral garden on the outer slope of the reef above the bow. * Rich in stable populations of groupers, scorpionfish, crocodilefish, alcyonarians and sponges. * Diving takes place when the sea is calm and the weather is good. * There is often a current moving north. * Even though visibility may be fairly good, it is advisable to have a torch. This is a small semi outcropped reef situated 6.9 miles west of Ras Mohammed, with a small beacon indicating the southern tip of Sha'ab Mahmud. In1876 this was the site of the shipwreck of the British steamer mechant ship Dunraven, built in Newcastle in 1873 by Mitchell & Co.and bound for Bombay. The wreck lies upside down at 15-29.5 metres' depth, in two pieces; it was discovered only in 1977 by geologist Arye Keller and underwater cameraman Howard Rosenstein. The Dunraven was the subject of a memorable BBC documentary film in 1979 and has become a classic site for scuba divers. Since the cargo (timber and bales of cotton) was lost during the shipwreck, when the ship also caught on fire, the wreck looks like a large, practically empty cave. You can access through the three main openings at the stern, mid ship and the bow. The dive begins from the stern area, where the wreck lies deepest and where you can see some crocodilefish. After going a few dozen meters inside the hull - populated by large groupers, lionfish, scorpionfish, schools of glassfish and multicoloured alcyonarians - is it best to exit through the mid ship, opening on a line with the engine room, so that you can explore the outside of the bow area and above all the nearby coral garden filled with various species of flora and fauna.

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