Aerial shot of Islands (Seventy Islands)

Dive Operators


Sam’s Tours, a PADI Five Star IDC Center, is Palau’s most award-winning dive center and eco-adventure tour company.  Located in Malakal Harbor, Koror, Palau, we operate every day of the year, offering scuba dive trips, snorkel trips, rock island tours, land tours, sailing charters, Palau’s top rated kayak trips with Planet Blue Kayak Tours and unique live-aboard dive experiences on “Eclipse”, a former racing sailboat customized for exploring Palau’s reefs and waterways.
Excellent customer care, personalized attention, and professional service have earned Sam’s Tours recognition as Palau’s premier tour service including eight Scuba Diving Magazine, Reader’s Choice Awards since 1997, including “Best Dive Operator”, Best Dive Staff” and “Best Value”. Sam’s Tour also recently won “Tour Operator of the Year” from Palau Visitors Authority.


Sam’s Tours has 9 custom built dive boats. Our custom built dive boats are safe, fast and comfortable and fully equipped for safety with twin engines, VHF Radio, Cell Phone, DAN Emergency Oxygen and full canopy for sun protection. Continuing our efforts to protect Palau’s environment and improve the overall comfort of our guests, all boats have been outfitted with twin 4 stroke outboards (Yamaha). These provide a much quieter ride and are much more fuel efficient
Our current fleet consists of four 30 foot vessels, four 33 foot vessels and one 40 foot vessel. All vessels contain dry storage, tank racks and rinse tanks. An assortment of juice, water and other beverages are available on all trips as well.
All of our vessels are operated by professionally licensed local captains who know Palau’s waters and reefs better than anyone. They are a great source for knowledge of what Palau is all about.
Sam’s Tours is staffed by a team of experienced professionals with a long term commitment to the company, the diving profession and excellent customer service. Our recognition among scuba-divers as Palau ‘s leading dive center is testament to our skilled staff, many of whom have been serving our guests for 10 years or more. Our professional diving staff consists of experienced, licensed and insured PADI diving professionals that includes marine biologists, professionally trained naturalist guides, published underwater photographers and licensed boat captains.
Palau’s world-class diving ranks it among the top ten dive destinations in the world. With a reputation like that, diver expectations are high and the choice of diving centers becomes an even more important decision. Choosing the right dive center can make the difference between just another dive trip or enjoying a “trip of a lifetime!”
Sam’s Tours Digital Photography Center is fully equipped to cater to digital photographers of all interest levels from those with handy “point-and-shoot” cameras to the most demanding digital photographers shooting in RAW format. Sam’s has six top of the line Apple iMac workstations are loaded with terabytes and terabytes of storage, archiving and secure data back up systems, lots of RAM, and completely optimized for digital imaging with Apple Aperture image management software, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Bridge, Toast, and topped off with DSL Wi-Fi internet access. No other photo center in Palau comes near!
Rental equipment includes the latest Canon Powershot SD850 digital cameras and Canon ZR830 mini digital video cameras complete with underwater housings, large storage media, plenty of additional batteries, and full service support from Sam’s professionally trained Photo Center staff.
Palau isn’t just for adults or scuba divers … it’s a great place for kids too and guaranteed to leave them smiling from ear to ear! Sam’s dive center is very “children friendly” (most of the staff have children too!) and most of Sam’s tours can be arranged to accommodate everyone from infants to grandparents. Sam’s staff is professional, friendly, easy-going and ready to make your visit to Palau a trip of a lifetime.
White sandy beaches, clean, clear warm water, lots of colorful fishes, lush tropical jungle and all kinds of interesting creatures for kids (and adults) to learn about.
Sam’s can teach the kids to snorkel. They can learn about corals, fishes, turtles, bats and birds. Spend the day on a beach playing in the water, building sand castles or learning about Palau’s amazing natural environments above and below the water. They will bring the beach toys and pack a lunch!
We’ll even take the kids exploring if you want to just relax on the beach! Want to go exploring yourself? Want to dive while we watch the children? They can learn to wake board and water ski. Take a photography course. Learn how to fish. Do all of the above. The possibilities are endless.
Sam’s Tours specializes in customized itineraries and personalized service. Just let us know what you’d like to do and we’ll give you a good selection of ideas and work out a great plan for the whole family.
Babysitting services are available too!
Hope to see you in Palau!