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Jackson Reef Sharm is the most northern reef in the Strait of Tiran. On the northern edge of the reef, the wreck of a grounded freighter stands there. It is as a warning to shipping in the straits. Most of its hull salvaged for scrap, leaving only a skeletal hulk. In fact, there are fixed mooring exits at the southern end of the reef. Dives begin from this point and proceed generally northward along the east side of the reef. In fact, the current in Jackson Reef Sharm tends to run from the north. Generally picks up strength as you approach the point on the east side. Most divers will want to make this the northern limit of their dive, and turn back to the south here.
Strong swimmers with good air consumption and experience in currents can round the point. It is after which the current slackens, and continue their dive along the reef’s north edge. This should only done by prior arrangement with your dive guide. Great care should be taken, since divers swept off the reef here. The steep-sided walls of Jackson Reef Sharm are among the finest in the Sinai region. The current-swept reef densely grown with a real profusion of hard and soft corals. In fact, it is with special accents which provided by luxuriant gorgonian fans. You will also see sea whips, black corals and vivid growths of soft coral.
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After sloping down, there is a plateau at about 30 to 60 feet. And then, the drop-off continues down to 225 feet. In fact, there are strong currents that carry divers around the northeast end of the reef. Moreover, there is a sandy bay that is shallow on the north side. Furthermore, there are many schooling reef fish as well as open ocean fish. You may see if you look around into the blue waters around the reef.
In fact, Jackson Reef Sharm feature fish life which, not surprisingly indeed is excellent. The strong current brings plenty of nutrients for reef and schooling fish. Moreover, current and profile combine to tempt pelagic fish in from the open water. Furthermore, large schools of barracuda and jacks are common here. In fact, as larger predators including several species of shark. The smaller reef species on which these pelagic visitors feed are profuse.
Jackson Reef Sharm Site facts:
- Location: The northernmost of four reefs extending down the center of the Straits of Tiran.
- Access: By local or live-aboard boat from Sharm El Sheikh or other ports.
- Average Depth: 20m (65ft).
- Maximum Depth: 40m+ (130ft+).
- Average Visibility:20m (65ft).