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Gordon Reef

 (27°59.097' N, 34°27.250' E)

 

Gordon Reef is the most southerly reef in the chain. It is easy to identify as marked by the wreck of the "Loullia", a large cargo ship that grounded in 1981. The wreck is by now a typical symbol of the reef, despite the lighthouse situated on the western side.

 

Boats usually stay at the well sheltered southern part. Here a coral garden starts at 6-8 m depth which gently slopes to the south and form a large plateau covered with coral heads, huge moray eels, triggerfish, a large napoleon, schools of surgeons and parrotfish.

 

At the "Amphitheatre" also named "Shark Pool" a variety of shark species can be seen sleeping on the sandy bottom. Another dive is to the drop-off on the east side of the reef, covered with many fan and soft corals.

 

Open ocean fish can often be seen in the blue waters around the reef. Look to the deeper water for passing eagle rays and white-tip reef sharks. Continuing to a more sandy area at 12-20 m metal containers and lots of small coral heads can be seen. Further north another sandy patch - home to a colony of garden eels.