Dive Site

Woodhouse Reef

  • Current: S in the morning, S at midday, N in the afternoon
  • Visibility: J, F, M, A: 30 m; M, J, J, A: 25 m; S, O, N, D: 35 m
  • Temperatures: J, F, M: 24°C; A, M, J: 26°C; J, A, S: 28°C; O, N, D: 27°C
  • Depth: 0 m to 40 m


The reef has no mooring points and is situated in the Straits of Tiran north of the Thomas Reef and south of the Jackson Reef. Woodhouse Reef and Jackson Reef, however, are connected by a shallow bridge.


"Woodhouse Reef" is the longest of the four reefs in the Strait of Tiran. The reef top is about 1.2 kilometers long. In the area of the saddle one should be extremely careful, because here we divers are confronted with brutal currents that pull us down. This place is also called the "washing machine" by the locals.
Diving is mainly on the east side because there is a plateau, a canyon and interesting wreck ruins! If we look into the open water we have the chance to spot hammerheads, grey reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, leopard sharks or eagle rays.

The canyon is too narrow to dive; best to stay in the upper area.


  • Canyon and Plateau: The most to discover is in the area of the canyon (please do not dive into it!) and on the plateau itself. "Woodhouse Reef" is known for the encounter with big fish, so keep all eyes open!

map Dive Plans

From the boat to the canyon

In the northern third of the east side descend from the boat to a depth of about 28 meters. The plateau inspection we do only with one eye, the other always has the blue water in sight to not miss a hammerhead shark, reef shark, leopard shark or eagle ray. Heading north we continue to the wall and the sand road. We ascend over the wreck ruins and during the whole dive we should not forget to pay attention to the current.

Drift dive

Drift dives at "Woodhouse Reef" are best done in the shaldom dived areas: in the southern part of the east wall and on the west side of the reef. The walls are wonderfully overgrown everywhere and especially here we can hope for encounters with big hunters.