Witness one of the world’s largest whale shark gatherings in Qatar

Witness one of the world’s largest whale shark gatherings in Qatar

Discover Qatar and Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara will offer the eco-tourism experience

Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara has partnered with Discover Qatar to give visitors a rare opportunity to see large congregations of whale sharks up close.

From April to September 2022, the cooler waters off the north-east coast of Qatar provide the perfect location to see large numbers of whale sharks that gather to feed close to the surface.

The excursion takes place on Banana Island Resort’s dedicated high-speed catamaran from which guests will see the biggest fish in the ocean.

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Upon arrival in the area where the sharks frequent, the slow-moving gentle giants can be viewed for two hours from the front and back deck of the catamaran, before the catamaran cruises back to the shore.

Discover Qatar will provide a whale shark expert to help educate guests with an interactive lecture. A professional photographer will also be on board to capture guests’ experiences.

Banana Island catamaran

During the trip, a continental breakfast and a light buffet lunch are served, along with snacks and a selection of hot and cold drinks.

The new whale shark excursions depart five times a week from Al Ruwais Port in the north of Qatar and can be booked through the Discover Qatar website.


Located just off the coast of downtown Doha, Banana Island Resort offers an escape from the city with a wide range of accommodation options, varied guest facilities and immersive experiences.

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