Jackson is the northernmost coral reef in the Tiran Strait and one of the most sought-after dives for visitors to Sharm el-Sheikh. Its steep coral-filled walls are among the best in the Sinai region and possibly the entire Red Sea. Hard and soft corals, gorgonians, anemones, sea whips, black corals... Strong currents bring a wealth of nutrients to these corals that grow extraordinarily.
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The steep walls go down to 50 meters, and it is on the plateau where we can find the best corals and sponges and interesting reef species such as titan triggerfish, boxfish, toadfish, clownfish, moray eels, lionfish, butterflyfish, stonefish, scorpionfish, nudibranchs... The variety is extraordinary, and it is even possible that we will encounter some of the resident turtles in the area.
Jackson Reef receives strong currents loaded with nutrients that keep the reef healthy. Image by andrzej.czyzyk
As expected, with an abundance of reef fish, some pelagic species will not be missing: large schools of barracudas, tunas, jacks, and many sharks, from hammerhead sharks to guitar sharks, tiger sharks, gray sharks, or leopard sharks, especially during the summer.
Diving among the corals of Jackson Reef
This area receives strong currents, so you have to be very careful, because before we know it, we can find ourselves in the vastness of the blue with depths that go beyond 300 meters.
In Jackson Reef, there is also a wreck that only has the skeleton left but is also interesting for deep diving enthusiasts, the Lara. The remains of this wreck have ended up from 45 meters to 90 meters and are covered with corals.