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Strait of Tiran

 

Created by seismic activity along the Afro-Syrian Rift, the Gulf of Aqaba is a deep narrow body of water, bordered by Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Geologically, the Gulf of Aqaba is part of the Rift Valley that runs through most of eastern Africa. The gulf extends 180 km from Eilat and Aqaba and joins the Red Sea at the Strait of Tiran, with its widest point spanning only 28 km. This particular configuration reduces deep-water exchange between the Gulf of Aqaba and the rest of the Red Sea and causes an increase of salinity and temperature.

 

South of Tiran, north of Ras Mohamed - Sharm El Sheik area is quite sheltered from waves and strong currents. Here the fringing reef has found an ideal ecosystem for reef growth. With over 15 dive sites, only a short distance from one to another it is sometimes difficult to choose. Diving here you can observe almost the complete range of reef and open ocean fish, several drop offs visited by pelagics, coral heads covered with plenty of marine life, caves and canyons.


Jackson Reef

(28°00.354' N, 34°28.283' E) Jackson Reef is the most northern one in the Strait of Tiran. On the northern edge of the reef, the skeletal hull of ...

Woodhouse Reef

(28°00.119' N, 34°27.970' E) Lying between Jackson and Thomas Reef, Woodhouse Reef is a long, finger-like reef that is perfect for a drift dive along the sheltered ...

Thomas Reef

(27°59.437' N, 34°27.644' E) Located between Gordon Reef and Woodhouse Reef, Thomas Reef is the smallest of the four Tiran reefs but probably the most interesting and richest ...

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", ...

South Laguna

(27°59.847' N, 34°28.915' E) South Laguna is a shallow, sandy, well sheltered lagoon with only a few coral heads but a safe place to take a mooring for ...

North Laguna

Up north, just after the passage that leads into the shallow lagoon, you can start this perfect afternoon drift dive. The reef is covered by a ...

Ras Ghamila

(27°58.342' N, 34°25.684' E) Ras Ghamila lies almost directly opposite Gordon Reef. The side is easy to find because of the green beacon that marks the western end ...

Ras Nasrani

(27°57.809' N, 34°24.938' E) Ras Nasrani means "Cape of the Christian" and is situated at the beginning of the Gulf of Aqaba and the Straits of Tiran. ...