This particular dive site - known as “The Saddle” amongst the experienced guides and as “Ras Goma” by the locals - is the kind of magical spot where you would expect all sorts of pelagic species (hammerheads and tiger sharks) to appear. The dive typically starts on the northeast corner of Woodhouse and finishes on the northwest side of Jackson, after having crossed the stretch of water that separates the two reefs. The saddle connecting Woodhouse and Jackson is a sandy formation with an average depth of 40 metres at its highest point, with sides sloping down to 80 metres.
Rumours speak of an ancient colony of hammerhead sharks that inhabits the deep waters nearby. Some say that the sharks - able to detect magnetism and electricity through specialized organs - are attracted by some kind of magnetic anomaly generated by either the metal hull of the Lara (that now lies in 50 metres of water) or by a UFO.
While nobody has ever been able to see the UFO, many divers witnessed the majestic school of hammerheads patrolling the waters surrounding Jackson Reef. They are guarding its secrets, just as they have been doing ever since the Red Sea became a popular destination for scuba divers.
Extra caution must be taken when planning and executing this dive. The current can be strong, up to the point where it channels fiercely between the two reefs, creating an infamous swirling singularity - appropriately dubbed “The Washing Machine” (in other words a current-generated, weak whirlpool).
This text is for information purposes only. It has been written by members of the website and can be inaccurate. Always contact local professional divers before diving.