Why Sam's?


Due to the outer reef structure, currents, tidal conditions, and magnificent walls, Palau accommodates both beginner and advanced divers, depending on where you go; this is why choosing the right dive shop is extremely important. Although underwater it is mostly the same--with sharks, mantas and fish waiting regardless of who you dive with--diving with Sam's Tours is choosing the best overall diving experience. From the moment you check in until you dry your gear, it’s all about comfort, safety, excellent customer service and overall vibe at Sam’s Tours.

Comfort and Safety

Your care and safety is our main focus at Sam’s Tours, and our resources are designed, and staff selected, accordingly.

Our 12 boats are custom-made for safety and comfort, and have twin engines for safety and speed, carry communication devices, DAN emergency oxygen kit, first aid kit, and canopy for sun protection. The maximum number of divers per boat is based on comfort and space, and we maintain an 8:1 guest to guide ratio on all tours.

All crew members are experienced and knowledgeable; our boat captains are locally licensed professionals who know Palau's waters and reefs like the backs of their hands; our dive guides can only lead dives after completing 200 dives in Palau, learning each dive site and the complexity of sea conditions, in order to be able to provide a safe and enjoyable diving experience for every level of divers.

We regularly inspect and service our rental gear, tanks and compressor to ensure safety.

Customer Service

Our staff is what makes Sam’s Tours unique. We hire attitude and personality, and carefully select our team members, as we believe they make the difference in your diving experience. Our staff speaks over 12 languages, and is attentive and personable. Most of them have been with us for several years, so they’re experienced and knowledgeable about Palau and diving, and, because every one of them absolutely love their job, they provide the top notch customer service Sam’s Tours is well-known for.

With several marine biologists on staff, Sam’s Tours offers our guests a wealth of knowledge about diving in Palau. We also offer regular lectures, open to all our guests, covering various topics of Palau’s diverse marine environment.

After over 25 years in the diving business, we at Sam’s Tours remain committed to provide the best diving experience, and our guests say the same: read our customers' reviews on TripAdvisor that won us repeated TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for four consecutive years since 2012!

Read about Sam's Tours on TripAdvisor


Sam’s Tours started as a family business, and maintains that feel after over 25 years in business! Our facility is an open air spacious area, located right on the water. Sam and his family still reside on the premises and, along with all Sam’s Tours management and employees, are often found enjoying the spectacular sunset views with guests at Bottom Time Bar and Grill. Movie nights, parties, and events of Sam’s Tours and the Royal Belau Yacht Club are often held at the shop, while divers from around the world toast a local Red Rooster beer for their once-in-a-lifetime experience with Sam’s Tours! They say a photo is worth a thousand words, so check out our

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Come dive, hang out, and join the Sam's Tours family!