Discover the Whale Sharks of Qatar – Private Charter

2023 Schedule

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Tour Time: 05:00 – 16:00
Frequency: On Request | Duration: 11 hours
2023 Schedule: 18 May to 31 August

Price: QAR 118,300 per charter (USD 32,500)

Bookings for the Private Charter are on a Request Only basis. 

Terms & conditions apply

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 Shark 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 Al Ruwais Port where the embarkation and safety procedures are explained.
Once we have departed, the captain will formally welcome you to the luxury yacht, The Meteor, 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 that journey, you will have the opportunity to learn more about these majestic creatures as one of our expert guide gives a presentation on the Whale Shark’s habits, feeding patterns, and an overview of the research being carried out in Qatar.
Once we are at the Whale Shark viewing location, we will be 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. 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. Our on-board professional photographer will capture your special moments throughout the day and the photographs will be shared after the tour. With the sole purpose of protecting the Whale Sharks and their habitat we have implement a few safety measures of no swimming with Whale Sharks, no touching or feeding.

After an adventurous morning with the Whale Sharks, enjoy a delicious lunch on board as we return to the disembarkation point. After disembarking, the vehicles will be waiting to transfer you back to Doha.


05:00 - Collection from your hotel or residence and drive to Al Ruwais Port
06:30 - Board the yacht to a Captain's 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 lunch on board
14:15 - Guest disembarkation at the Al Ruwais Port and transfer back to Doha with a drop-off at your hotel or residence by 16:00
Times are approximate and subject to change

About the yacht - The Meteor

The Meteor is a 121-ft luxury yacht hosting up to 25 passengers in comfort and with all the facilities you would expect, including three cabins, a Jacuzzi, state-of-the-art stabilisers and four lounge areas. With deck access 360 degrees around the boat, it will provide excellent 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. 
Deck Plan
Bookings for the Private Charter are on a Request Only basis.