Straits of Tiran

Straits of Tiran

A very popular day trip from Sharm and a must for any live-aboard itinerary is diving at the Straits of Tiran. Just one hours sailing brings us to the reefs called, from south to north, Gordon, Thomas, Woodhouse and Jackson, named after the 19 th century English cartographers who first mapped the region... The reefs are strung across the entrance to the gulf of Aqaba and almost completely close the gulfs access to the red sea proper. Only two narrow passages afford access, the Enterprise passage to the west and the Grafton passage to the east. These narrow passages coupled with the relatively shallow sea floor which is only about 360 meters compared with depths of 1800 meters just to the north and south force the tidal water into powerful currents which bring the nutrients that in turn attract the fish and large pelagic species which prey on them.
The diving here is fantastic all year round but the best chances of seeing top predators such as Hammerheads and Tiger sharks come in the summer months, other sharks such as Whitetips and Grey reef sharks are also common.
Your crew will decide which sites to dive on the day, determined by wind and the currents which can be very strong. The nature of the dives at Tiran means that this trip is only really suitable for experienced, advanced divers.



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