Gordon Reef Sharm information, tours, prices and online booking
Gordon Reef Sharm located in the middle of the Straits of Tiran. In fact, it is between Tiran Island and the Sinai mainland. Moreover, it is like Jackson Reef to the north, marked by the wreck of a large commercial freighter. At the southern end of the reef, there is also a light beacon to keep other ships off the reef. A permanent mooring point lies just offshore near the light. Gordon Reef Sharm rises to just below the surface of the water at high tide. The area between the Sinai mainland and the Gordon Reef is the western side of the Strait’s main shipping channel. This channel is very deep and is very close to the Gordon Reef.
The wall of the Gordon Reef is sheer and covered with many fan corals and soft corals. There are many open ocean fish that can often seen in the blue waters around the reef. In fact, there is a current will carry you at quite a fast pace, up to 2 knots. It is along the reef and will deposit you in a sandy flat area 40 feet deep. In fact, it features many small coral heads and reef fish. The dive site encompasses a wide and oval sloping patchy reef. In fact, it extends to the south and east of the shallow circular reef-top, rather like the sloping brim of a baseball cap.
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The reef composition is quite varied, with patchy sections, sand beds and full-fledged coral gardens. In the center of the reef slope, a ‘shark amphitheater’ or bowl dips 20 24m (78ft). Moreover, a variety of shark species can seen sleeping on the sandy bottom. Furthermore, the site boasts a very good range of corals, with lots of branching varieties. All of the corals are well preserved, in densely grown patches that often show a remarkable mix of different species.
Fish life is not the most profuse in the Straits of Tiran. In fact, there are some notable surprises including a huge moray eel. It is with a body as thick as a small diver’s waist. In fact, Triggerfish abound while surgeons and jacks swim in moderately large schools. Moreover, angels, parrotfish and small wrasse are all present in good numbers. In fact, Large Napoleon wrasse can often seen along the reef. The reef slope is suitable for relatively inexperienced divers . More experienced divers will enjoy the incredible experience to be had at the shark amphitheater.
Gordon Reef Sharm Site facts:
- Location: Southernmost of the Straits of Tiran reefs.
- Access: By local or live-aboard boat from Sharm El Sheikh or other ports.
- Average Depth: 15m (50ft).
- Maximum Depth: 35m+ (115ft+).
- Average Visibility: 20m (65ft).