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Discover the Whale Sharks of Qatar – Private Charter

Schedule

Tour Time: 05:00 – 16:00
Frequency: On Request | Duration: 11 hours

Book now for tours departing until 31st July 2022.

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Tucked away in the Arabian Gulf, away from mankind, in a destination 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. 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

A vehicle will collect you from your hotel for the short drive to the embarkation point, where the embarkation and safety procedures are explained. 

Once we have departed, the captain will formally welcome you to the luxury Meteor yacht and introduce you to the fantastic facilities on board. A hearty breakfast will follow offering a choice of hot and cold food plus coffee, tea and a selection of soft drinks. 

The sailing takes approximately two and a half hours to reach the whale shark’s location towards the end of which you will be provided with the opportunity to learn more about these majestic creatures as one of our 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 we are in the Al Shaheen area, we 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. There are 2 glass-bottom kayaks available for guests to use, for those who want to get a little bit closer to these gentle giants.

After an adventurous morning with the whale sharks, as we return to the disembarkation point you can enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch. After disembarking, the vehicles will be waiting to transfer you back to Doha.
 

Itinerary

05:00 - Collection from your hotel or residence
06:30 - Board the yacht to a Captains Welcome and overview of the yacht and its facilities before breakfast is served
08:15 - Whale Sharks experience including an expert presentation followed by whale shark viewing
11:30 - Commence return to the disembarkation point, with a 3-course lunch on-board
14:15 - Guest disembarkation and transfer back to Doha with a drop off at your hotel or residence by 16:00
 

About the yacht - The Meteor

The Meteor is a 121-ft luxury yacht hosting up to 20 passengers in comfort and with all the facilities you would expect, including a Jacuzzi. It has ample space on the outside decks that allow easy viewing of the whale sharks. The yacht 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
  • Glass bottom Kayaks
  • Elegant lounge area with large screen TV
  • Dining table seating 10
  • Al Fresco dining seating 10
  • Jacuzzi
  • Wi-fi with speaker connectivity for music
 
Vessel Details
  • 4 Crew, 2 kayaks
  • Length: 121 ft
  • Width: 44 ft
  • Draft: 1.85 m
  • Capacity: 20 Passengers
  • Max Speed: 18 Knots
  • Cruising Speed: 15 Knots
  • Stabilisers: ABT 20 sqare ft fins x 2 including Zero Speed (Hydraulic)
  • Engines: MTU (16V2000 M91) 1920hp at 2350 rpm x 2