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Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara Launches New Whale Shark Excursion and Reopens Renowned Surf Pool


Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara has partnered with Discover Qatar to provide a newly launched, once-in-a-lifetime experience to view one of the largest congregations of whale sharks that can be found on the planet. 

The Whale Sharks of Qatar — Daily Explorer

From April to September, the cooler waters off the northeast coast of Qatar provide the perfect location to see large numbers of whale sharks that gather to feed close to the surface. A dedicated high-speed catamaran takes guests of Discover Qatar and Banana Island on a unique excursion to view the biggest fish in the ocean. Upon arrival in the area where the sharks are found, the slow-moving gentle giants can be viewed for two hours from the front and back deck of the catamaran, before the cruise heads back to the shore.  

A whale shark expert is provided by Discover Qatar to help educate guests about these majestic creatures through an interactive lecture, with a professional photographer also on board to capture guests’ experiences on camera. During the trip, a continental breakfast and sandwich buffet lunch is served, along with other snacks and a selection of hot and cold drinks.  

Ultimate Leisure On Board the Catamaran 

Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara’s luxurious catamarans are spacious and comfortable and are equipped with wall-mounted TVs and WiFi, providing guests with exclusive services and exceptional and memorable experiences. The new whale shark excursions depart five times a week from Al Ruwais Port in the north of Qatar and can be booked here.

A Wave of Excitement at Your Convenience 

In addition, Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara had just reopened its surf pool. After full renovation, the surf pool once again adds to the wide selection of watersport activities available at the resort, adding to the fun and memorable moments on the island. Guests can now enjoy two wide surfing lanes simulating ocean waves, with every surfing session given under strict supervision by one of the resort’s trained team members, working to the highest standards of safety. 

Private surfing lessons are available, and the lanes may be booked exclusively for friends and family. The surf pool is open from 10.00 am until 10.00 pm and advanced booking is required. 

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A private island just off the coast off Doha, Banana Island offers non-stop fun as well as beachside relaxation. Recharge with surfing, diving and F1 racing in world-class facilities. Hide away with blissful hammam treatments in the Middle East’s first and only resort wellness centre. Indulge in the romance of an over water villa perched over the Arabian Gulf.