Gordon Reef

Gordon Reef is the most southern of the four reefs located between the Sinai Peninsula and Tiran Island. It is known for the wreck of the Lovilla, which ran aground on the northern end in September 1981. The southern part of the reef, sheltered from wind and waves, is covered by corals and rich in fish.
How to get there?

Gordon Reef is only accessible by boat. This is one of the most popular excursions in Sharm el-Sheikh, and you will have no trouble finding tour operators to take you. Most excursions to Gordon Reef leave from Sharm el-Mina marina, south of Sharm el-Sheikh. Excursions generally include stops on 3 to 4 snorkeling spots (Ras Bob, Ras Um Sid…), and tour organizers generally provide meals and drinks – ask them for more details. It takes about 1 hour 30 minute by boat to reach the reef from the marina.

Water entrance

Your guide will show you where to get into the water from the boat.

Aerial view


The area to explore covers the south edge of the reef, which is sheltered from the wind and the waves. Gordon Reef has both a shallow reef flat (↕2ft/0.5m), and drop-offs opening to the sea (↕12-20ft/4-6m). The reef flat is covered by giant clams. Due to the shallowness of the water, the luminosity is exceptional, and taking underwater photos is a real pleasure.

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Coral reef at Gordon Reef

On the drop-offs, the diversity of coral is striking, and a large amount of underwater life is drawn to the coral areas. The coral (mainly of the acropora type) is very well preserved. Crowds of damselfish and anthias are drawn to the coral beds, while surgeonfish and butterflyfish with spectacular colours (several of which are endemic to the Red Sea) come and go along the reef. In the deep blue of the reef drop-off, you may also have the chance to see a humphead wrasse or an impressive grouper, although they are shy.

This is a very popular spot at certain times of day, so watch out for the boats and the other snorkelers.

Restaurants and accomodation

Gordon Reef is completely natural. Tour organizers generally provide drinks and meal (check beforehand).

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

Spot’s weather forecasts (°C)

Spot tips

  • Level of difficulty
  • Maximum depth
    20ft (6m)
  • Water entrance
    From a boat
  • Potential Dangers
    Usual precautions
  • Lifeguard
  • Visitor numbers
  • Access costs
    Excursion price (approx. $50pp.)
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Public toilets & showers

Spot map

Spot photos

Underwater spot photos

Species you may spot while snorkeling Gordon Reef

Common name Scientific name Abundance Fishbase Wikipedia
Bluecheek butterflyfish
Chaetodon semilarvatus
Chevron butterflyfish
Chaetodon trifascialis
Diagonal butterflyfish
Chaetodon fasciatus
Blacktail butterflyfish
Chaetodon austriacus
Masked puffer
Arothron diadematus
Broomtail wrasse
Cheilinus lunulatus
Klunzinger's wrasse
Thalassoma rueppellii
Sea goldie
Pseudanthias squamipinnis
Giant clam
Tridacna sp.
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