Whether it was Michael or maybe Samuel L., we don't know who gave the Jackson Reef its name. We can say with certainty, however, that 'Jackson' is the northernmost reef of the four reefs of Tiran and that it became famous when a Cypriot cargo ship ran aground at full speed on 4 December 1981. The Jackson Reef is very popular among divers, but above all for the great likelihood of catching sight of hammerhead sharks during the summer months. However, this dive can be quite challenging when there is a current. Mooring is available.
The Jackson Reef resembles a triangle whose apex points north. It is exactly here where the famous shipwreck 'Lara' ran aground and sunk in 1981. Close to the 'Lara', hammerhead sharks can frequently be spotted swimming around the waters – and at pleasant depths of 10 to 30 metres.
The highly frequented diving site is not only a treat for divers, but for snorkelers can also get their money's worth at the 'Jackson Reef' since there are two shallower plateaus: the perfect choice for an underwater excursion with the whole family. In addition to the 'Lara', the remains of an old lighthouse also count among the reef's highlights.
With a little luck, reef sharks and hammerhead sharks can't only be seen, but also magnificent coral gardens, red sea anemones, clownfish, horsehead lookdowns, eagle rays, Napoleon wrasse, groupers or swarms of tuna. Watch, marvel and enjoy!
- Plateau in the west: The plateau in the west is home to marvellous coral gardens which couldn't be anymore colourful. It's here where we will find bright-red sea anemones – and at a depth of only 28 metres.
- Plateau in the east: In the eastern plateau, the remains of an old lighthouse can be visited and hundreds of species of fish in a variety of shapes and colours can be enjoyed.
- Shipwreck and sharks: Upon visiting the 'Lara', repeatedly scanning the open sea is recommended to experience the pleasure of beholding hammerhead sharks.