Depth: 7-31 m
This is the northernmost reef in Tiran and is known for the wreck, partially demolished in 1996, of the Cypriot merchant ship Lara, which sank here in 1985.
Diving here usually begins on the southern side, which is sheltered from the waves and wind and where there is a large metal buoy, a fixed mooriing – which is not far from the reef – and two other mooring points on the reef on water level:
here the wall, cut through by some splits, descends steeply to the sandy floor (-45 meters). Going westwards (dive A),
you will see some gorgonians and a splendid red anemone at a depth of 28 meters. This is followed by a plateau that is connected to Woodhouse Reef by a saddle.
The south-western corner of Jackson Reef, where numerous fire corals (Millepora dichotoma) can be seen, is subject to the currents, which can be extremely violent. If conditions are right (especially when the tide is ebbing), it is possible to drift dive on the eastern part of the reef (dive B).
Here, about 15 meters down, is a sandy ledge that sinks into the abyss to the north.
It is quite easy to spot turtles (Eretmochelys sp.) and large pelagic fish in this zone.
Among the latter are White-tip reef sharks (Triaenodon obesus), Grey reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) and Hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini), which are especially numerous from July to September.