The Dunraven was a British Steamer the wreck of which is on the Southern edge of
Sha'ab Mahmoud. This area is also known as Beacon Rock as the wreck is directly below the South Cardinal beacon.
After leaving Travco Marina, in Old Sharm you head south past Ras Mohammed, the wreck is another hour boat ride after the national park.
The area where the Dunraven is situated can be prone to bad weather conditions. Once at the reef there is some protection from the waves although getting in
and out of the water difficult as the sea can still be a little rough.
The Dunraven was built in 1873 in Newcastle and hit the reef in 1876. The wreck sits inin 30 meters of water and lays right next to the reef wall and is
completely upside down in two sections. The length is about 80m and it's about 10m wide.
The stern section is in about 29m to the sand and is open in places for those qualified to enter. This leads to a swim through by the side of the ship's boiler
and out where the wreck has broken in half. The exit being usually filled with glass fish in their thousands. The bow section is in shallower water with loads of
places to stick your head into, but nowhere to get in.
After the bow section the dive is usually done by fining over the hull which is covered in coral and then moving onto the reef wall and the
shallows to finish the dive. A very large Napoleon Wrasse is often seen at this site.