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Danger Point

The peninsula of Danger Point extends for about 8km into the sea. The many reefs and uncharted rocks along its shoreline make it one of the most dangerous places in the world for ships sailing too close inshore.

A hidden rock lurks just below the surface off the point. It was on this rock the legendary HMS Birkenhead met her doom in 1852. Seven shipwrecks surround Danger Point and 140 wrecks are dotted along the shores between Danger Point and Cape Infanta.

The notorious Birkenhead Rock can be seen at low tide, just a few kilometers off Danger Point.

Danger Point Lighthouse

The many steps to the top of the lighthouse can be climbed, alowing for a marvelous 360 degrees view over the ocean and the hinterland of the peninsula. Danger Point is the proper name for the place where the Flying Dutchman was spotted for the first time.

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