With more than 25 years of experience, Sam’s Tours Palau is an award-winning and 100% locally owned dive shop and tour operator. Imagine diving into crystal clear waters, kayaking through pristine mangroves or flying over 70 emerald islands situated in sapphire seas. It’s all possible with Sam’s Tours Palau.
This family-run dive operation treats travelers to a plethora of adventures both above and below the water. With an emphasis on protecting the environment and a chilled out yet, fun-filled atmosphere, Sam’s Tours delights divers visiting the tropical paradise of Palau.
After a full day of diving at this Palauan dive center, you’re going to want to see more of this gorgeous South Pacific island. There’s no better place to do so than with Sam’s Tours Palau, which offers a full range of topside tours.
This operator offers 4 different kayak tours, an ever popular option. You can choose to visit Nikko Bay, Long Lake or Risong Bay. The fourth option is called the “Tarzan Tour” for its daredevil activities. Highlights of all four tours include paddling through pitch-black tunnels, snorkeling over a WWII Japanese Zero fighter plane wreck and discovering the ecological significance of mangroves.
If you’d rather stay on dry land for a day, sign up for the “Highlights of Koror” tour or the “Cultural Land Tour.” Both of these will explain a bit more about the history of the islands and current agricultural status. Alternatively, don your hiking boots for the “German Lighthouse Nature Tour” or the “Ulong Island Archaeology Tour.”
One of the quintessential experiences of Palau is swimming with stingless jellyfish. Of course, Sam’s Tours offers an excursion for that as well. The “Rock Island Jelly Fish Lake Tour” takes you on a full-day adventure to this environmental oddity.
As beautiful as Palau is today, decades ago, it was the scene of one of the Pacific’s bloodiest battles. To learn more about this piece of history, travel to Peleliu Island for a full or half-day “WWII History Tour.”
Those traveling with children may wish to enroll them in the Kids Sea Camp. During this educational experience, they’ll learn everything about the marine environment. This experience takes place during the day, so the kids can go to camp while you have a great day of diving.
Finally, if the adventurer in you hasn’t yet been satisfied, check out the “Aerial Tour” at Sam’s. The small jet flies over Palau, showing you the German Channel, the Blue Corner and the 70 islands of the region from the air.
At Sam’s Tours Palau, the Bottom Time Bar & Grill is a favorite among divers far and wide. Here the crew have worked to combine the most delicious food with a tropical atmosphere and a great view. Toast your new dive buddies while the sun sinks into the gorgeous Rock Islands in front of you. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served and the menu includes a variety of international and local dishes. Don’t forget to try the Poke, a South Pacific version of sashimi pronounced po-kei.
Tropical cocktails, locally brewed Red Rooster as well as an international selection of beer can be purchased at the bar.
Don’t miss one of the various events held at the Bottom Time Bar & Grill, including the Royal Belau Yacht Club movie night, birthday parties and more!
As you know, Palau is a diver’s wonderland. Due to a unique mixture of elements, this island is perfect for both beginners and advanced divers. This also means that selecting the right dive shop is extremely important. Sam’s Tours Palau has an excellent history of outstanding customer service and with a relaxed ‘island vibe’.
Palau’s dive sites are located approximately up to 45 minutes from Sam’s Tours. You’ll dive on coral-lined walls, shark-filled reef corners, fast-paced drifts with manta rays, caves, caverns and World War II wrecks. En route to the sites, your picture-perfect boat ride will pass by the unique Rock Islands.
If you’re up for a challenge, be sure to inquire about the blackwater diving offered by Sam’s Tours Palau. A bit different than a plain old night dive, in that you are away from the usual reefs normally dived at night, and taken to a location 8 miles/13 km offshore, stopping over a site that is 3280 ft/1000m deep, with no visual reference of land other than a few blinking lights in the far distance.
Most dive days at Sam’s Tours include two to three dives from the boat with surface intervals spent at gorgeous snorkelling sites or on virgin white-sand beaches. The boat returns to Sam’s Tours at about 3 or 4PM with enough time for one of the unlimited dives on Sam’s Macro Wall.
Although many of the dive sites in Palau are considered advanced only, Sam’s Tours promises a range of beginner sites and offers a full schedule of certifying courses. This means that Sam’s Tours is the perfect choice for a group of divers with mixed experience.
With water temperatures of 81 to 86 degrees and visibility of up to 200 feet, Palau is a favorite among divers who love colorful, warm-water sites and large pelagic species such as sharks and manta rays.
Furthermore, the team at Sam’s Tours Palau offer “Unique Dive Expeditions.” These tours, led by Paul Collins and Richard Barnden, explore the spawning aggregations found in Palau. During Full and New Moon, different species of fish gather in huge aggregations to spawn. Numbers can vary from hundreds to thousands depending on the species. These mind-blowing spawning events usually attract Palau's biggest predators as well. Unique Dive Expeditions also runs events specifically for photographers and underwater behaviour enthusiasts.