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Jackson Reef is a popular dive site located in the northern part of the Red Sea, near the Sinai Peninsula. It is an underwater paradise that offers a unique diving experience with its stunning coral formations, abundant marine life, and sunken shipwrecks.

The reef's dive site starts at a depth of 12 meters (40 feet) and descends to a depth of over 50 meters (165 feet). The coral formations are diverse and vibrant, with staghorn, brain, and table corals being particularly prominent. The reef is home to a rich variety of marine life, including schools of colorful fish such as barracudas, snappers, and trevallies, as well as larger species such as groupers, jacks, and reef sharks.

Divers can also spot a variety of eels, including the curious and friendly snowflake moray eel, as well as octopuses that hide in crevices and camouflage with the surrounding reef. Green and hawksbill turtles are commonly seen swimming around the reef, and they occasionally surface for air

When To Go Diving

The best time to go diving at Jackson Reef is from April to November when the weather conditions are ideal for diving. During this period, the water temperature ranges between 25°C and 30°C (77°F to 86°F), and the visibility is excellent, typically ranging from 20 to 40 meters (65 to 130 feet). The sea conditions are also generally calm, providing clear waters and allowing for optimal diving experiences. However, it is important to keep in mind that the Red Sea's northern region can experience strong winds and occasional storms during the winter months, which can impact diving conditions. Therefore, it is advisable to check the weather and sea conditions before planning a dive trip to Jackson Reef

What to see

Jackson Reef is a stunning dive site located in the northern part of the Red Sea. Its underwater world is home to a diverse range of marine life, including colorful corals such as staghorn, brain, and table corals, creating a mesmerizing underwater scenery. Schools of fish, including barracudas, snappers, and trevallies, can often be seen swimming around the reef. Divers may also encounter larger fish such as groupers and jacks, as well as the occasional reef shark. The resident eels and octopuses are fascinating to observe, with moray eels hiding in the reef's crevices and octopuses moving across the ocean floor. Green and hawksbill turtles can also be spotted swimming around the reef, and if divers are lucky, they may even see them coming up for air at the surface. Moreover, Jackson Reef boasts two sunken wrecks, the Lara and the Kingston, that offer an exciting opportunity to explore the remains of ships that have been underwater for many years. Overall, Jackson Reef is a must-visit for any diver looking for a rich and diverse underwater experience

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