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Diving at Gordon Reef
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There are four reefs between the Sinai and the island Tiran. Gordon Reef is the most southern of the four. There are different dive plans for this reef starting at the boat mooring point in the south. To the southwest is a shark amphitheatre or more often called the bowl as it represents a large circular bowl to 24 meters of depth which is full of sleeping sharks. You can also go eastward to a drop-off that starts in 16 meters of depth and which is covered in soft corals and gorgonians. Or just stay at the shallow plateau and explore the many coral heads that are full of life. You can also be dropped of near the mooring and then drift all the way to the north around the corner where currents can be huge. And then we have the wreck the Lovilla or Lullia which ran into the north of Gordon reef in September 1981. This commercial freighter is easily seen from far away as it stands out more than 10 meters above the sea. Divers are actually waiting for this ship to collapse as it is not safe now to explore its interior areas.
The area is very divers with sand beds, coral gardens, walls, a shipwreck and many types of coral. Marine life, although not the best in Tiran, is still very nice as you can see many types of fish, such as octopus, wrasses and reef sharks.
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