Kormoran Wreck


In 1984, a merchant vessel called the Kormoran accidently hit the Northern Laguna Reef wall in the Straits of Tiran.  Although only in shallow water (0-12 metres) the damage caused to the ship by the huge impact was enough to render it irreparable, so it now provides a great shallow wreck dive and the beginnings of an interesting artificial reef.  The ship is about 80 metres long with the bow just about protruding above the water line next to the reef.
Your dive starts around this area, the name plate with the word KORMORAN is still visibile and the various winches, and engine parts are easily found.  Much of the metal plating has become colonised by hard and soft corals with shoals of small fish taking refuge amongst them.  The ship was carrying phosphates and many believe it is this artifically added rich source of nutrients that have led to the surrounding area being smothered with huge table corals cascading down the reef.