Tiran’s southernmost reef, Gordon Reef is a beautiful dive site accessible to divers of all skills thanks to its reduced depth and weak to absent currents. Gordon's vast coral plateau offers several different dive itineraries. The most popular ones generally start at the mooring point and finish in the proximity of the northern corner before the current’s intensity increases. The shallow coral garden, with its white sand and near-perfect water transparency makes for a great location where to take great macro pictures. Half-way through the dive, the remains of Louilla’s still visible cargo created several artificial reefs where lionfish, angelfish, anemones, with clownfish find shelter. The outer wall and its sandy banks are often visited by turtles and zebra sharks
Gordon is the southernmost reef in Tiran. It is easily recognised by the highly deteriorated remains of the Louilla, a cargo ship that ran aground on Gordon’s northern side in 1981, which now lies on top of it exposed to the weather.
Diving takes place on the southern side, a beautiful seascape of sandy slopes and big, colourful coral formations home to friendly moray eels. The white sand and the reduced depth of the coral garden create an ideal environment for taking bright pictures.
The diving itinerary usually starts from the reef’s south side, where the mooring buoys are positioned. Divers proceed to deeper waters, where the slope becomes steeper, and swim (while gently drifting along thanks to a weak northward current) with the reef on the left-hand side and the open waters on the right.
The reef is teeming with multicoloured life forms such as angelfish, pufferfish, nudibranch, and clouds of anthias. Pelagic predators usually scout the open waters, while turtles - and the occasional zebra shark - commonly rest on the deeper slopes.
Louilla’s cargo can be seen roughly halfway through the dive scattered at various depths: hundreds of oil barrels encrusted with coral, despite their toxic content. Then, divers navigate toward the shallow coral garden close to the northeast corner, an area where currents could be relatively strong. Caution is advised.
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