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Our daily dive tours offer divers of all levels the chance to explore Palau's magnificent reefs and bio-diverse environment.
Palau is considered one of the world's premier dive destinations, with dozens of dive sites, in a rare variety: walls with fascinating coral formations, reef corners where the currents attracts sharks, rays and schooling fish, channels and other sandy bottom sites, tunnels, holes, caves and caverns, and plenty WWII wrecks, from freighters to planes! From macro to mantas, Palau has it all!
Though Palau is considered an advanced dive destination, due to currents and depth, there are plenty easy dive sites for beginner divers, or for those who wish to become a diver! Please refer to our PADI courses page if you wish to get certified, or advance your dive skills, with Sam's Tours!
A typical day of diving with Sam's Tours beings with an 8:30am (unless otherwise stated) complementary pickup at various hotels in Koror, to our dive center in Malakal.
Most dive sites are located about 45 minute from Sam's Tours, a picture-perfect scenic boat ride through the mushroom-like Rock Islands. Surface intervals and lunch break are normally spent on either a virgin white sandy beach with wild green vegetation, equipped with cozy seating benches and toilet facilities, or on top of snorkel sites with stunning shallow reef plateaus.
Depending on your daily schedule, most boats return to Sam's Tours around 3-4pm. You can hop right back in the water, with unlimited free dives from the Sam's Tours Macro Wall, off our dock, where mandarin fish are often spotted at twilight.
We dive a maximum of three tanks a day on our day tours, not counting the Sam's Tours Macro Wall and night dives.
Our tanks are aluminium 80cft (or 11.1 liter) tanks. We also have several 80cft compact tanks, available upon request. We do not carry 100cft (15L) tanks.
We offer complimentary shuttle service back to your hotel, available whenever you choose to return. Many guests stick around to enjoy a deco-beer and snacks with friends and fellow divers at Bottom Time Bar and Grill enjoying the beautiful sunset views.
Diver safety is a top priority at Sam's Tours. Our custom-built dive boats are made for maximum safety and comfort, equipped with twin two-stoke engines, VHF Radio, Cell Phone, DAN Emergency Oxygen, first aid kit, and full canopy for sun protection. All our boat captains are licensed local professionals who know Palau 's waters and reefs like the backs of their hands. All our dive guides hold current PADI professional level credentials, are fully insured, and must complete 150 dives in Palau prior to leading a group, such that they know their way around. Our guide-to-dive ratio is 1:8 at maximum (one guide for a maximum of 8 divers), ensuring divers are well looked after.
By law, all dives in Palau must be guided. All dives are conducted from a boat, and are mostly drift dives. Each diver is required to carry a safety sausage.
A reef hook is made of a metal hook on one side, a long line, and a clip and/or handle at the end, attached to the BCD. Reef hooks are used by divers to attach themselves to the reef (onto rocks not corals!), gliding like a kite in the upstream currents and watching the magnificent show in the big blue: sharks, schools of snappers, travelies and barracudas, small reef fish, rays and more!
Blue Corner, Big Drop Off, Sais Corner, are among the dive sites famous for the use of reef hooks. Sam's Tours offers divers our custom-designed branded reef hooks for purchase in our dive shop.
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