Straits of Tiran

  • must see
  • Canyon
  • Drift
  • Deep
  • Wall
  • Hammerheads
Access
From Boat
Diver Level
Advanced
Depth
Average: 16.4 ft
Maximum: 131.2 ft
Current
from moderate to strong
Visibility
Average: 65.6 ft
Maximum: 98.4 ft

The Straits of Tiran is a world famous dive site that features Red Sea diving at its best. The site was named after the Tiran Island, and it is between the Tiran Island and the Sinai Peninsula where the Straits of Tiran dive site is located. The dive site combines four reefs - Gordon, Thomas, Woodhouse and Jackson, which were named after British cartographers who first mapped the area. These four reefs that lined up in a row became world famous for their extraordinary diversity of corals. Strong currents, that bring nutrients to the reefs, and an abundance of reef fish invite numerous pelagic species to this area. Big schools of groupers, snappers, barracudas, tuna and sharks can be sighted in surrounding waters. Strong currents around all four locations of this site can make drift diving fun and effortless but only for experienced divers.

When to go

Diving the Straits of Tiran is possible all year round. The average water temperature in summer stays between 28C/82F and 30C/86F and in winter it can drop to its minimum of 18C/64F. A full wetsuit may be required for winter diving, though some divers prefer dry suits during the winter time.

What to see

Extraordinary diversity of soft and hard corals, an amazing variety of colorful reef fish and big pelagic species, such as snappers, barracudas, tuna and sharks will make diving at any of the four locations of the Straits of Tiran unforgettable. Besides schooling hammerheads, other shark species, that can be found around the reefs, include whitetip shark, grey reef shark, leopard and tiger sharks.


Specials

  • Sharm El Sheikh Sinai Dive Club (Hilton Sharks Bay Resort)

    Boat Trip to Tiran

    In line with the Strait of Tiran, the Gulf of Aqaba reduces its width of approximately 19.3 kilometres to 3.9 kilometres. The depth of 1,270 metres goes up to only 71 metres in Grafton Passage (for ships going northwards) and 250 metres in Enterprise Passage (for ships going south). Jackson Reef. Diving here usually begins on the southern side, which is sheltered from the waves and wind, and there is some fixed mooring line. Kormoran. Here still you can enjoy numerous coral garden surrounded by Sohal surgeonfish and yellow goatfish. But you only allow diving here in a very calm sea condition. Woodhouse Reef. It is quite easy to see jackfish, sea turtles, sharks and a great many corals, both hard and soft, including some colonies of black coral that are at about 22-26m. It is advisable to end your dive before the saddle, especially when the sea is choppy. Thomas Reef. Here on the wall you can see large Alcyonarians, impressive gorgonians, whip corals, black corals and other Antipatharians with their characteristic spiral shape. Gordon Reef. Starts off from the mooring point and winds in an easterly direction and then northwards along the eastern side of the reef. Halfway along this side you can see many metal drums scattered at 10-20m
  • Dahab H2O Divers Dahab

    Boat Trip to Thistlegorm / Tiran

    Day trips are 3 dives – 2 on the wreck (first dive outside the wreck, second dive inside – bring a torch) plus a 3rd at Ras Mohammed on the way back), beginning at 3 am in Dahab and coming back at 7 pm. Ras Mohammed is a national marine park with 8 world class dive sites. The current can be rougher than in Dahab but diving Shark and Yolanda pinnacles will leave you with the best underwater memories. Check for free-swimming giant Morays, schooling Barracudas, Jackfish, Snappers, Emperors and Batfish. The walls drop down to 700 m deep – keep your buoyancy! Don’t go away from the reef wall but look out in the blue for reef Sharks. When reaching Yolanda, visit the remains of the cargo ship that sank there in 1980 and transporting bathtubs and toilet seats. You can find Napoleons, large Groupers and Blue Spotted Stingrays. Level: AOW, depth: 18–30 (Thistlegorm) - 60+ m. This product is a subject of availability. You will receive additional confirmation for this product from dive center
  • Sharm El Sheikh Dive In Sharm El Sheikh

    6 Dives Package + Equipment Rental

    Diving plus equipment. This product is for certified divers only. After booking this product, you will get 30% discount on equipment rental.
  • Sharm El Sheikh Sharm Scuba Service

    10 Dives Package (including Equipment Rental)

    Save money, pay less. Book now 10 dives package that already includes equipment rental. This product is for certified divers only
  • Sharm El Sheikh Sinai Divers Ghazala Village

    Sinai Dive Box Combo Sharm-Dahab

    Guided diving from boat. 6 boat dives in Sharm El Sheikh, 4 shore dives by Jeep in Dahab. Free of charge: 5 unaccompanied dives off the beach
  • Sharm El Sheikh Anthias Divers

    3 Days Package

    3 days package. This product is for certified divers only
  • Sharm El Sheikh Subex Diving & Snorkeling Center (Sharm El Sheikh)

    10 Dives Package

    10 dives package. This product is for certified divers only
  • Sharm El Sheikh Test Red Sea

    10 Dives Package

    10 dives package. This product is for certified divers only
  • Sharm El Sheikh Dive In Sharm El Sheikh

    10 Dives Package + Equipment Rental

    Diving plus equipment. This product is for certified divers only. After booking this product, you will get 30% discount on equipment rental.
  • Sharm El Sheikh Aquarius (Siva Hotel)

    3 Days Diving Package

    Daily diving. This product is for certified divers only
  • Sharm El Sheikh Subex Diving & Snorkeling Center (Sharm El Sheikh)

    20 Dives Package

    20 dives package. This product is for certified divers only
  • Dahab Desert Divers

    Boat Trip to Tiran

    Tiran Islands lie at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba, creating perfect conditions for drift diving on Jackson, Thomas, Woodhouse and Gordon reefs. .Boat trip includes 2 dives. Meals and National Park fees paid on board. This product is for certified divers only
  • Sharm El Sheikh Dive In Sharm El Sheikh

    20 Dives Package + Equipment Rental

    Diving plus equipment. This product is for certified divers only. After booking this product, you will get 30% discount on equipment rental.
  • Sharm El Sheikh Aquarius (Siva Hotel)

    5 Days Diving Package

    Daily diving. This product is for certified divers only

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