Place Category: Hurghada / El Gouna
About 60-90 minutes north of Hurghada, Abu Nugar is composed of a long T-shaped reef to the west and a shallow plateau dotted with ergs to the east. Diving takes place on the most south-easterly ergs (Shaab Iris), two large central ergs (Gota Abu Nugar), or on the north side of the tongue pointing west from the main reef. The name Abu Nugar literally means ‘Father of the Pools’ and refers to several clear blue lagoons in the reef top.
It can get a little choppy on the way over but once you get there you’re well sheltered. Current is usually mild.
Some parts of this reef system are utterly dull; whilst others offer superb shallow diving with an almost virginal quality to the reefs. If you can, dive the three ergs north of the tongue – they are magical.
The reef is composed of a wide variety of hard corals: Tables, Brain Corals, etc.; the fish life is nothing spectacular but lots of Broomtail Wrasse, Parrotfish and Unicornfish.