Whale Sharks of Qatar

The only way to get up and close to these majestic creatures in Qatar, home to one of the largest Whale Shark congregations on Earth. A natural global phenomenon not to be missed.

This truly global natural phenomenon is brought to you exclusively by Discover Qatar. Experience it all by Private Charter or adventurous Daily Explorer.

Limited spaces. Book now for tours between 2nd June and 31st July 2022

Each of our packages includes:

  • Return flights with Qatar Airways, the world's best airline
  • Stay in one of Qatar's luxurious hotels
  • A delicious breakfast served each morning meaning you start the day right
  • Discover the Whale Sharks of Qatar sailing experience 

Schedule

Tour Time: 06:00 – 14:00
Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday | Duration: 8 hours

Book now for tours between 2nd June and 31st July 2022.

Tucked away in the Arabian Gulf, away from mankind, in a location few are lucky enough to visit, lies the opportunity to experience something no one else ever has before. The chance to explore an environment so remote that nature and wildlife flourish. To go somewhere unlike anywhere else in the world and to do so in the utmost luxury. Introducing the Whale Sharks of Qatar. One of the world’s last undiscovered gems.

Qatar is home to one of the largest Whale sharks’ aggregations in the world. The coastal waters of Qatar provide the perfect location to see large numbers of Whale Sharks that gather to feed close to the surface. With our incredible Whale Sharks of Qatar holiday packages, you will have an opportunity to view the whale sharks without having to enter the water, a unique and responsible experience that doesn’t disrupt their natural habitat.

 

What to expect

Our departure point is Ruwais Port in the North of Qatar. Once we have embarked the catamaran, the captain will formally welcome you and introduce you to facilities on board. A hearty breakfast will follow with coffee, tea and a selection of soft drinks available.

The sailing takes approximately two and a half hours to reach the whale sharks’ location towards the end of which you will be provided with the opportunity to learn more about these majestic creatures as one of Discover Qatar's expert guides gives you a presentation on the whale shark’s habits, their feeding and an overview of the research being carried out in Qatar.

Once you are in the Whale Shark viewing location, you are in the home of one of the largest populations of Whale Sharks in the world where at times up to 300 can be seen on any given day. We plan to view the Whale Sharks for 2 hours and 30 minutes, when you will be able to easily see them from the vessel as they come to the surface to feed. After an adventurous morning with the whale sharks, as we return to the disembarkation point you can enjoy a delicious Sandwich buffet lunch with fresh fruit and soft drinks.

 

Discover the Whale Sharks of Qatar - Daily Explorer itinerary
06:00 - All guests to meet at Ruwais Port, to prepare for boarding. Once on-board the catamaran, guests will receive a Captain's Welcome and overview of the facilities before breakfast is serverd.
08:15 - Whale Sharks experience including expert presentation followed by whale shark viewing
11:30 - Commence return to the disembarkation point, with lunch on-board
14:30 - Guest disembarkation at Ruwais Port
What to Bring
  • We strongly recommend that flat comfortable shoes are worn
  • All guests are advised to wear a hat and sunscreen

Photography

  • Due to the sensitive area in which the Whale Sharks congregate, photography by the general public is prohibited
  • Guests will be required to sign a waiver stating that they cannot take photographs in the sensitive area, and will be required to submit any photography devices to the Discover Qatar guide for safekeeping. All devices will be returned once the tour has left the sensitive area
  • The boat will have a professional photographer on board, details of how the photographs will be shared with guests will be provided
  • There will be no additional charge for the photographs

Safety:

  • A safety briefing will be conducted shortly after embarkation
  • To protect the Whale Sharks and their environment, swimming will not be allowed at any point of the tour
  • Touching and feeding of the Whale Sharks is strictly forbidden

Cancellation due to adverse weather conditions:

  • The Whale Sharks excursions are subject to favourable weather conditions. Should a scheduled departure not be able to go ahead as planned, guests will be informed at least 48 hours prior to the departure date.
  • Guests will be notified of any cancellations via the email address provided at the time of booking.
  • Guest will be offered an alternative date or a full refund if a departure is cancelled due to bad weather

About the catamaran

All seating for the boat is indoors in a comfortable air-conditioned lounge. There is a bathroom on board as well as all basic amenities that you may require. At the front of the boat there are two viewing areas and at the back you will find a sizeable viewing deck. The interior windows are large to offer fantastic panoramic visibility of the Whale Sharks.

The boat has an open bridge policy so you will have direct access to the captain. Our on-board expert guide will also be able to share a wealth of information and answer any questions you may have about the Whale Sharks.

Catering is provided by a luxury 5-star hotel so you can expect exceptional cuisine to match the elegant surroundings.

Highlights 
  • Spacious interior with comfortable seating with wall mounted TV
  • Panoramic viewing windows
 
Vessel Details 
  • Length: 57 ft
  • Width: 23 ft
  • Capacity: 25 Passengers
  • Max Speed: 27 Knots
  • Cruising Speed: 18 Knots
About the Whale Sharks of Qatar
 

Qatar is home to one of the largest aggregations of Whale Sharks on the planet. Until now, the area that hosts the Whale Sharks has been closed to the public, so there is still very little known about them. Each year there are hundreds of Whale Sharks that congregate in the Whale Shark viewing location off the north east coast of Qatar in the months from April to September. While these magnificent creatures are the biggest fish in the ocean, they are also one of the most gentle and majestic creatures that you will find underwater.

 

The reason the Whale Shark viewing region attracts so many Whale Shark is because of its unique ecosystem. The average seawater temperature in the gulf averages between 32-34 degrees during the summer months, however the seawater around Whale Shark viewing location is a much cooler 27 degrees-perfect for fish to breed and it is the abundance of fish eggs, the Whale Sharks number one source of food, that attracts them. Did you know: The Whale Shark Research project in Qatar have recorded more than 600 Whale Shark in their database which is a world record.

Private Charter

If you are interested in booking a private charter, please contact us by calling +974 4423 7104 or send an email to holidays@qatarairways.com.qa

 

Disclaimer:

Excursions may be cancelled in case of bad weather or circumstances beyond our control.
While we make every effort to track the movement of whale sharks, viewing cannot be guaranteed. 

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