Place Category: Hurghada / El Gouna
About 60-90 minutes north of Hurghada is Shaab Iris, which is a part of Abu Nugar. It is the most south-easterly erg of Abu Nugar.
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. Very interesting to see little fishes and nudibranchs, because there is enough sand that you can ground yourself, without worrying about hitting the corals here.
Often seen at this site are Barracuda, Feather Tailed Stingray, Scorpion Fish and Dolphin. There is reputedly a resident White Tip Shark but you have to be on the site early for a sighting.