Whale Sharks of Qatar

Whale Sharks of Qatar 2024 Tour Programme Update 31.01.2024

Discover Qatar have been informed that the area in which the Whale Sharks of Qatar tour was scheduled to operate, is no longer accessible to tourists.

Reluctantly, the decision has therefore been taken to cancel the Whale Sharks of Qatar tour operations for the 2024 season.

Discover Qatar takes this opportunity to offer sincere thanks and gratitude to all of the individuals, organisations, and especially guests who contributed to the success of the Whale Sharks of Qatar tours, since the first operation in 2022.


About the Whale Sharks of Qatar

Qatar is home to one of the largest congregations of Whale Sharks on the planet. Until recently, the area that hosts these magnificent sea giants was closed off to the public - so there are still very few people who have witness this natural phenomenon. Each year, there are hundreds of Whale Sharks that congregate in the waters off the northeast coast of Qatar from April to September. While Whale Sharks are the biggest fish in the ocean, they are also one of the most gentle and majestic creatures you will find underwater.


The reason this region attracts so many Whale Sharks is because of its unique ecosystem. The average seawater temperature in the Gulf averages between 32-34 degrees during the summer months, but the seawater around the viewing location is a much cooler 27 degrees, perfect for fish to breed and feed due to the abundance of fish eggs, the main source of food for Whale Sharks. Did you know: The Whale Shark Research Project in Qatar has recorded more than 600 Whale Shark in its since its inception - a staggering world record.

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