Jackson Reef

 

Jackson Reef is the most northerly of the reefs in the Straits of Tiran and is easily identified by the remains of the wreck of the Lara, sunk in 1980 which now sits on top of the back of the reef.  The reef is has range of topography from steep walls to gorgeous coral gardens and a shallower section know as “The Aquarium” due to the abundance of fish and the amazing quality of light.  As with all the dive sites in Tiran, the reef is often subjected to nutrient rich currents which encourage large schools of fish and in turn bring the large pelagics such as tuna and Giant Trevally to feed on them.
Your dive will usually take place on the more sheltered southern side starting in the shallower Aquarium  where you can find Giant Morays, huge Pufferfish and schools of cornet fish and emperors hanging in the turquoise water.  Descend along the steep wall always looking out to the blue for the predatory hunters such as tuna and down below you for a possible encounter with a large reef shark.  Shallow up over a coral garden, home to Blue Spotted Stingrays, large Napoleon Wrasse and very often Hawksbill turtles.
Another route around this reef on very calm days during the later summer months is to jump on the famous “backside” in the hope of seeing the Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks which congregate in this area from July to November.