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Doha: Discover Qatar has launched a new tour, 'Discover the Whale Sharks of Qatar', which offers guests the option of sightings one of the largest aggregations of whale sharks from a luxurious 'Private Charter' yacht or a 'Daily Explorer' tour on a high-speed catamaran.
The Daily Explorer tour offers a high-speed catamaran for up to 25 passengers, with prices starting at QR 1,800 ($495) per person with a 25 percent discount offered for children under the age of 12. The package includes on-board breakfast and lunch provided by a five-star hotel, Wi-Fi connectivity, a professional photographer, and an expert guide.
Those looking for exclusivity can choose the Private Charter tour, inclusive of a 121-foot-long luxury yacht, which can accommodate up to 20 guests, with three luxurious cabins, four lounge areas and a jacuzzi.
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Prices start from QR 118,300 ($32,500) per day, including breakfast, a three-course lunch provided by a five-star hotel, an expert whale shark guide, a professional photographer, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Both tours are available to book on the Discover Qatar website for excursions starting May 21, 2022.
Qatar is home to one of the largest congregations of Whale Sharks on the planet. Until now, the area that hosts the Whale Sharks has been closed to the public, so there are still very few people who have seen them.
Each year there are hundreds of Whale Sharks that congregate in the Al Shaheen region 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 Al-Shaheen 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, however the seawater around Al Shaheen 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, which attracts them. The Whale Shark Research project in Qatar have recorded more than 600 Whale Shark in their database which is a world record.
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