Woodhouse Reef is an elongated reef positioned diagonally between Thomas and Jackson reefs. Its main itinerary, suitable for beginner and advanced divers, starts approximately halfway through the reef’s length, close to a scenic canyon lying at a depth of 20-25 metres. During the dive, divers can encounter spotted stingrays, pufferfish, lionfish, moray eels, anemones, clownfish, and the occasional pelagic species in the deep blue. Close to the northeast corner, in the direction of Jackson Reef, the wall gives way to a stunning coral garden, teeming with life. It is time to finish the dive with a five-minute safety stop, unless of course you are heading to Ras Goma.
Woodhouse is an elongated reef positioned between Thomas and Jackson Reef. At first sight, it presents itself as a rather typical barrier-shaped reef, an ideal place for a traditional “wall” dive. This is one of the reasons why often the local guides prefer to opt for other reefs, such as Jackson and Thomas.
However, Woodhouse Reef holds more than one surprise. Here the coral growth formed a stunning drop-off: from the surface, the wall sinks almost vertically to the first narrow terrace at a depth of over 40 meters in some places. The visibility is usually very good - often exceeding 20 meters - and the optimal exposure to the sunlight allowed the coral colonies to grow into impressive structures.
About halfway through the reef’s length, looking directly towards the bottom, divers can spot a dark recess of the coral reef that hides a narrow entrance to Woodhouse’s cave network. The caves are well below recreational diving ranges and are accessible only by divers trained in tech cave diving.
Woodhouse also offers a more accessible taste of its peculiar morphology: not far from the caves, at a depth of approximately 25 meters between the main wall and a satellite formation, is a beautiful canyon surrounded by corals and paved with sand and debris. All divers will certainly enjoy swimming through it!
The dive usually finishes before reaching the corner facing Jackson Reef. However, in some cases, the group of divers could agree with the boat crew to start the dive from this area and navigate toward Jackson Reef, where they will be picked up.
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.