Diving Jackson Reef, Red Sea

jackson reef briefing
Jackson Reef briefing

Jackson is the northernmost coral reef in the Tiran Straits and one of the most popular diving spot among  Sharm el-Sheikh visitors. The sheer coral walls of Jackson Reef are some of the most photograph in the Red Sea. Soft and hard corals, gorgonians, anemones, sea whips, black coral… Strong currents bring lots of nutrients to these corals growing really healthy.

Jackson Reef diving
Jackson Reef receives strong currents rich in nutrients that keep the reef healthy. Pic by andrzej.czyzyk

The steep walls go down to 50 meters and is on the plateau in the middle of the reef where you can find the best and interesting corals and sponges full of reef species like the Titan triggerfish, boxfish, frog fish, clownfish, moray eels, lion fish, butterfly fish, stone fish, scorpion fish, nudibranchs… the variety is extraordinary and it is even very possible that we are some of the sea turtles that stop in the area during their migrations.

Diving through Jackson Reef corals

How couldn’t be otherwise, if there is an abundance of reef fish there will be some of the most popular predators: big schools of barracuda, tuna, mackerel, and many sharks, from guitar sharks to hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks or gray sharks.

As this area receives strong currents you have to be very careful because before you find yourself in the blue in depths beyond 300 meters.

In Jackson Reef there is also a wreck quite interesting for deep diving enthusiasts, the Lara. The remains of this wreck have gone from 45 meters to 90 and are full of corals.

Where is Jackson Reef?

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