Palau Royal Resort and Sam’s Tours

Welcome to Palau Kids Sea Camp Family Dive Adventure Vacation

July 21st to July 31st (10-nights) or July 21st to August 4th (14-nights)

Palau is an incredibly unique country and should be on every diver’s bucket list. This island is truly is one of the best diving experiences in the entire world. There is no “real” excuse for any diver not take the remarkable journey to the eighth wonder of the world. Yeah, it will take time and money, but the memories and the adventure are priceless.

This a special year for us at Kids Sea Camp and Palau — It’s our 10th year at Sam’s Tours. Ten years of working together in a remarkable partnership with Sam, Marc Bauman, and Deiter. And yes, there really is a Sam from Sam’s Tours and he tends to bring his kids to a Kids Sea Camp week. It has been a great 10 years of business with Sam’s and we look forward to all the years to come.

The reef is home to more than 1,300 species of fascinating fish, 700 species of colorful coral, and approximately 130 rare sharks and stingrays. Palau is recognized for being the world’s first shark sanctuary. Palau’s Southern Lagoon has earned a place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Palau’s diverse marine and terrestrial ecosystems are perfect for families because they cater to all levels of divers, and can also be enjoyed by non-divers.

The island is rich in WW II history with hikes to wartime artifacts and shipwrecks and sunken airplanes in as little as 8 feet of water. Everyone can experience the history and culture of this destination. Parents and kids can dive the old relics and have the opportunity to dive the German Channel. They may encounter manta rays at a cleaning station, or perhaps even see sharks, turtle or dolphins on almost any dive.

Welcome to Palau- Palau Royal Resort and Sam's Tours family dive vacation

Palau, Kids Sea Camp, Bucket List

Palau is known for it's unique culture. Families will be privileged to witness traditional Palauan dancers and dinner shows throughout the week. These shows are very entertaining and will provide insight into Palau’s vast history and culture. VIP guests are invited to speak and the possibility of meeting the President of Palau is an added honor and very special experience. He is truly inspirational.

We’ve done this trip with 2 and 3-year-olds and they have enjoyed the kids’ program, along with all the SASY kids’ ages 4 and up. We normally have about four or five in this group. There are approximately five or six Seal Team kids’ ages 8 and up, five or six Jr. Open Water certification course students and 15-20 certified diver kids ages 10-17. With fun adventures longing to be had and new friends waiting to be met, Kids Sea Camp/Family Dive Adventures will take you to a pristine environment that will make the travel time well worth it.

Sam's Tours was founded by Sam Scott whose residence is right at the dive center. He’s around every day and still leads dive trips and fishing trips. Chances are you’ll meet him at Bottom Time Bar and Grill chatting with customers around sunset. Sam loves to bring his family to Kids Sea Camp Family weeks, so you may just get to dive with him and meet all the little ones too.


The Palau Package

  • 10 or 14 nights accommodations at Palau Royal Resort including hotel taxes and service charges
  • 3 meals daily (starting with breakfast on Sunday morning and ending with dinner on Sat. night)
  • Round trip airport transfers from Koror airport to Palau Royal Resort and return
  • Rock Island Tour
  • Clam city snorkel (Depending on weather )
  • Milky Way
  • 8 or 10 days of diving and tours with Sam’s Tours Palau
  • 3 days of diving at famous Chandelier Cavern (located minutes away from Sam’s dock)
  • Jake's Sea Plane for kids under the age of 15 instead of Chandelier Cavern
  • Dusk diving with mandarin fish at Sam’s dock for kids
  • 1-night dive for adults and kids age 12+
  • Free Nitrox to all divers with Nitrox certification
  • Tanks, weight belts and weights provided
  • Private Boats for KSC
  • Kids Sea Camp tote bags, T-shirts, Flap straps and other giveaways (giveaways vary from sponsors)
  • Online Photo Album, presentations and slideshows
  • Kayaking adventure
  • Wreck Dives
  • Dive Rental gear for all kids
  • Video from Sam’s Tours with photo memories
  • Opening ceremony & closing ceremony
  • Palau cultural activities
  • Palau Sanctuary presentation
  • Shark presentation
  • SeaLife photo presentations and slideshows
  • Free SeaLife Camera Demo’s to use all week
  • PADI course materials (eLearning not included)
  • Non-divers package includes Babeldaob Island Tour, Ngardmau Waterfall Hike City Tour and Palau International Coral Reef Center.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Round-trip air is not included. 
  • There are no meals provided on Saturday arrival (Meals begin Sunday morning with 3 meals daily until Saturday departure night dinner.) 
  • Adult dive gear not included
  • Specialty courses for adults not included.
  • Nitrox, JOW, AOW, Digital Photo require eLearning prior to arrival, fees paid directly to PADI.

Please contact us at 803.419.2556 for information and RSVP on all courses. Any course booked or requested while in Palau is not included in your package and will be payable directly to Sams’s Tours Palau. Medical forms required for all courses.

 

Once you arrive on island

This is a general sample schedule that will change depending on the weather, courses offered, and location. Other activities and courses and detail will be provided on a final schedule included with your trip documents.  This schedule is also subject to changes on island.

  • Saturday night/Sunday morning: Arrival day-Met at airport, by Welcome Party from Sam's Tours
  • Sunday: Orientation, Tours and Optional diving in afternoon
  • Monday: 2 boat dives and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW  training
  • Tuesday: 2 boat dives and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW  training
  • Wednesday: 2 boat dives and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW and PADI AOW diving and Pizza Movie night
  • Thursday: 2 boat dives and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW and PADI AOW diving
  • Friday: 2 boat dives and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW and PADI AOW diving
  • Saturday: Tour day
  • Sunday: 2 boat dives and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW and PADI AOW diving
  • Monday: Family dive day and closing feast and celebration, and slide presentation.
  • Tuesday night/Wednesday morning: Travel day — back to reality!

Tentative Schedule

Palau Royal Resort

Palau Royal Resort is located on the east coast of Malakal Island in Koror State. The doors of Palau Royal Resort opened to leisure travelers and eco-tourism enthusiasts on June 28, 2005. The resort is owned by Royal Hotel Group and operated by Nikko Hotels International.

Palau Royal Resort is the first of its class in the Republic of Palau, famous for its diving and a fantastic array of marine life. It boasts of top of the class amenities for the travelers looking for leisure and relaxation. The Resort is about 25 minutes drive from the Palau International Airport and few minutes to the city center of Koror.

There are 157 luxurious guest rooms and suites overlooking the scenic seascape of Palau’s pristine waters. Rooms are serviced once daily,  guests can enjoy free coffee & tea with full room service up to 11:30 p.m.

There is a restaurant on the property that is open all day. There are two bars in the resort, which offer a wide choice of international cuisines such as Chinese, Japanese, Western Cuisine and snacks to ensure everyone in your family will be satisfied!

Rooms features:

  • Smoke-free rooms
  • LCD TV with cable
  • In-room safe
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioner
  • Balcony
  • All rooms have views of the ocean
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Twin/Queen/King Sized Beds

Resort Features:

  • Private Beach
  • Swimming Pool
  • Restaurants
  • Beach Bar
  • Fitness Center
  • Tennis Courts
  • Children’s Play Center
  • Spa
  • Shops
  • Internet

Standard Rooms: Standard rooms have 2 double beds. They are the same layout as the deluxe room with same amenities (Sleep 4).

Deluxe Rooms: Deluxe Rooms have two queen beds (Sleep 4)

Family Rooms: Four total – there are two types of family rooms one has three beds twin beds in one room and a very nice sofa bed in the other (sleeps five comfortably possibly 6). We have 2 of these. We also have the option of connecting two beds out of the 3 to make one king and one twin. The other has two beds Queen Beds and a sofa bed (sleeps 6 comfortably).

Deluxe Connecting Rooms: These connecting rooms have one room with one bed King and the other with 2 Queens (sleeps 6 comfortably).

Standard Connecting Rooms: In 7 of these connecting rooms — both rooms have two double beds. We can make one room a king bed for the parents if that is better. In 2 of these, they are the traditional connecting rooms. One room King and the other 2 beds one double and the other Queen.

 

Here are the rates for Kids Sea Camp Palau from July 21st to 31st or July 21st to August 4th, 2018. Below pricing includes 10 nights or 14 nights.

Room Type10-night diver package
8 days of diving and meals
14-night diver package
12 days of diving and meals
1 adult in a 1 superior garden view room 1 queen or 2 dbl beds$4,500$6,300
2 adults in a superior garden view room 1 queen or 2 dbl beds$3,928$5,500
1 adult in a 2 connecting garden view rooms 1 queen or 2 dbl beds$6,215$8,700
2 adults in a 2 connecting garden view rooms 1 queen or 2 dbl beds$4,500$6,300
1 adult in a deluxe ocean view room 1 king or 2 queens$5,215$7,300
2 adults in a deluxe ocean view room 1 king or 2 queens$4,145$5,799
2 adults in a 2 deluxe (connecting) ocean view rooms 1 king or 2 queens$5,143$7,200
2 adults in a premium ocean view luxury suite room 1 king or 2 queens$6,929$9,700
Sasy (ages 4-7)$1,500$1,900
Seal Team (Ages 8-10)$1,775$2,175
Jr. Open Water (Ages 10-17)$2,500$2,900
Diving kids (Ages 10-17)$2,500$2,900

About Sam's Tours

Sam’s Tours, a PADI 5 Star IDC Center, is Palau’s most award-winning dive center and eco-adventure tour company.  Located in Malakal Harbor, Koror, Palau, they operate every day of the year, offering scuba diving trips, snorkel trips, rock island tours, land tours, sailing charters, Palau’s top-rated kayak trips with Planet Blue Kayak Tours. They also offer 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.

Diving: Sam’s Tours has six boats to choose from, so parents and kids can dive with friends and others their age. Sam’s Tours also has a boat for young adults that can dive up to 70 feet and caters to youth 14-17 years of age. Plus, a boat that dives 40 feet for kids ages 10 and 11 who are already certified, or for those who just want to snorkel. Youth between 10-12 years old are certified to 40 feet, so there is plenty for them to see and explore. It’s one of the few places in the world where they can safely dive wrecks, reefs and see big animals. In addition, kids 8 years old with Seal Team, get to do the Nautilus dive. See if you can spot mandarin fish alongside the dock at Sam’s Tours or opt for a treat, such as a family swim in Jellyfish Lake or shark dive at Blue Corner.

Kids can even take their PADI Advanced Diver or Jr. Advanced Open Water certification in Palau. Just log onto www.padi.com and sign up for the eLearning ahead of time. You will get your quizzes out of the way and we will do the rest for you in Palau. This does need to be pre-booked, so give us enough notice and we will do our best to accommodate the course requested.

The adult diving program satisfies all dive levels, from deep wrecks and walls to shallow reefs and wrecks. There is an abundance of turtles and big schools of fish, so it’s picture perfect for photographers. Warm water and calm seas make July a wonderful time to enjoy Palau. The Palau Royal Resort is just across the street from Sam’s Tours and transportation is provided daily. Dermot Keane (father of four) and Marc Bauman manage Sam’s Tours and are always very happy to do whatever they can to help. 

Non-Divers: Non-diving family members have the benefit of enjoying other great land and water activities including; island tours, history and cultural tours, surfing, snorkeling, shopping or spa services.

Diving Q&A for Palau

What is unique to diving in Palau? Palau’s waters are considered the #1 Underwater Wonder of the World. Its rich, pristine marine environment is famous for its drop-offs, currents and pelagic activity. Palau’s protected inner reefs offer an abundant, extensive variety of marine life. Most dives are drift dives.

Is there a night dive included in the package? Yes, there is a night dive for adults and kids age 12 and over. Everyone else can enjoy a fun pizza/movie night.

Is Palau for advanced divers only? No. There is great diving in Palau for divers of all skill levels. Sam’s has many newly certified divers who dive with us (and many who come to Palau to get certified). While there are indeed dive sites that may require more advanced skills, there are over 70 dive sites to choose from and lots of fantastic diving for divers of all skill levels. Sam’s Tours dive guides choose the dive sites based on a variety of factors, including surface conditions, weather, tides, diver skill level and diver preference. We offer a full range of PADI dive certification courses.

What type of wetsuit do I need? The water around Palau is warm about 84-86 degree Fahrenheit. Many people dive with just a swimsuit. Most who wear wetsuits in Palau choose a 3mm suit either short or full. Sam’s has a good selection of both short and full suits available for rental.

What kind of tanks and valves do you use? For sport diving, Sam’s uses only aluminum tanks in a variety of sizes. Our most common tank size is 80cu. feet / 12 Liter. We also have larger 100 cu. feet / 15 Liter tanks and some small 50cu. feet tanks for junior divers. Our tanks are equipped with multi-purpose valves that support DIN or US Yoke style regulators.

Where is the nearest re-compression chamber? Palau has a new two-man re-compression chamber in Koror.

How big are your dive groups? Sam’s observes a maximum of 6 divers per guide although most of our dive boats are set up for 8 divers. We do have some larger boats designed for up to 12 divers however, we still observe a maximum of only 6 divers per guide for safety and more pleasant diving.

Is it customary to offer the dive staff gratuity? We believe gratuities should be voluntary and based upon the quality of the service provided.


The Boats: Sam’s Tours has 9 custom built dive boats. Their 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.  The 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 their 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. Their recognition among scuba-divers as Palau ‘s leading dive center is a testament to our skilled staff, many of whom have been serving guests for 10 years or more. Their professional diving staff consists of experienced, licensed and insured PADI diving professionals that include 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!”

Digital Photo Center at Sam's Tours: 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.

Reef Diving

  • Big Drop-Off & Ngemelis Wall
  • Blue Corner
  • Blue Holes
  • Chandelier Cave
  • Devil Fish City
  • German Channel
  • New Drop-Off
  • Ngedbus Coral Garden, Wall & Corner
  • Ngerong Outside & Inside
  • Peleliu Express & Yellow Wall
  • Peleliu Wall & Cut
  • Shark City
  • Short Drop Off
  • Siaes Corner, Wall & Tunnel
  • Turtle Cove & Barnum’s Wall
  • Turtle Wall
  • Ulong Channel
  • Virgin Blue Hole

Wreck Diving

  • Amatsu Maru
  • Bichu Maru
  • Buoy 6 Wreck
  • Chuyo Maru
  • Helmet Wreck
  • Iro Maru
  • Jake’s Sea Plane
  • Raizan Maru
  • Ryuko Maru
  • Teshio Maru
  • Zeke Fighter

Dive Training

  • PADI SASY program: 6 mornings of activities from 8 am -1 pm daily. SASY kids keep fins, mask, and snorkel.
  • PADI SEAL TEAM: 6 mornings of activities from 8am-1pm daily includes all 5 aqua missions. SEAL kids keep fins, mask, and snorkel.
  • PADI Open WaterAll dives needed for certification (eLearning is not included.  For eLearning, you will have to pay PADI directly.  The link will be sent to you 4 weeks before departure to be completed prior to arrival.)
  • PADI Dive Master course: RSVP 14 DAYS REQUIRED $675 add-on to package price/Contact Margo 803.419.2556 for more information. PADI C Card, E: learning and Crew Pack included
  • PADI Dive Rescue Diver: RSVP $175 add-on to package price/Contact Margo 803.419.2556 for more information.PADI C Card, E: learning and Crew Pack included.

See more about Kids Sea Camp dive training

 

Family Dining

Palau Royal Resort: All-day Dining “Waves”: Restaurant chef to deliver a Japanese “All Day Dining” Waves through a feature-rich menu including fresh seafood, pasta noodles, and dim sum. We will have breakfast daily which includes a variety of dishes including Japanese, Chinese and Western foods. There is definitely something for everyone here. The meals are truly incredible and breakfast includes a large variety of Japanese and American cuisine. Want to request a specialty omelet? Just inform the on-site chef to add your favorite fixings.

Bottom Time Bar and Grill: Located on the water at Sam’s Tours, Bottom Time Bar and Grill overlooks Palau’s beautiful rock islands and is an ideal location to enjoy colorful sunsets or just relax among new friends and share stories from your day’s adventures. They are open every day from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. serving fresh sashimi, light appetizers and a variety of sandwiches including hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and grilled chicken sandwiches. Bottom Time is a full-service bar offering both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including Palau’s own locally micro-brewed Red Rooster draft beer!

It takes two days to get there, but only one day back!

You will be arriving in Palau very late night on Sat. You will get a lovely, friendly welcome by Dermot Keane and staff (from Sam’s Tours) and then you will be transferred to Palau Royal Resort. We will then get you checked in, and all of your luggage will be taken to your room. You will enjoy some well-needed rest and enjoy the incredible breakfast buffet each morning at Palau Royal Resort. The dive boat will pick you up at the Palau Royal Resort dock after breakfast.

We suggest that you travel with very comfy clothes. The kids can even wear their pajamas or sweatpants and slippers on flights, and most of the kids did this last year. Bring a travel pillow and some games, books, etc. Also, please remember each family member gets one carry-on, and a purse or backpack so be sure to take advantage of this. 

If you need any medications, pack those as well in your carry-on. We know the trip to Palau is a long journey, but remember that your carry-on should contain everything you need in the instance that your luggage gets lost or delayed. Take in your carry-on any items that you cannot live without for two days. The hotel has a spa and plenty of products there so don’t weigh yourself down with things you will have available to you at the resort.

Other suggestions for your carry-on: 2 bathing suits, rash guard, hairbrush, clean T-shirts, ziplock pair of shorts, swim trunks, under clothes, flip flops, your dive computer, you certifications cards, toothbrush, rain jacket, hairbrush, etc. If you have a particular size wetsuit and won’t enjoy a rental suit, or have a specific regulator that only works with your computer, etc. then pack those in your carry-on to make sure you have everything you need to have with you. Remember liquids must be 3.4 oz or less and must be contained a clear ziplock baggie.

Getting to Palau: There are several options to fly to Palau, and you can fly out of either LAX or Honolulu with United Airlines. You will need to depart from either LAX or HNL on Friday, and you will arrive in Palau (ROR) on Sat or Sunday depending on your flight choices. If you fly out of LAX, you will have a layover in Honolulu and also in Guam. The plane Can stop in Yap as well on the way to Palau.

Please see example below, and contact Margo 803.419.2556 for any questions or concerns or more information.

Departing on July 19th (As of Jan 2018)

  • Depart Los Angeles (LAX) 10:00 AM –  Arrive – Honolulu (HNL)12:45 PM
  • United 1224 · Boeing 737 (5h 45m), Layover in Honolulu HNL 1h 30m
  • Depart Honolulu (HNL)2:15 PM – Arrive  – Guam (GUM) 5:55 PM+1
  • United 201 · Boeing 777 (7h 40m), Layover in Guam GUM 2h 35m
  • Depart Guam (GUM) 8:30 PM+1 – Arrive  – Yap (YAP) 10:05 PM+1
  • United 185 · Boeing 737 (1h 35m), Layover in Yap YAP 59m
  • Depart Yap (YAP) 11:04 PM+1 – Arrive – Koror (ROR) 11:03 PM+1 (Sat night 21st of July)
  • United 185 · Boeing 737 (0h 59m)

The Return Flight (As of Jan 2018)

  • July 31st or August 4th
  • Depart Koror (ROR) 12:20 AM –  Arrive 2:25 AM – Yap (YAP)
  • United 186 · Economy Class · Boeing 737, Overnight flight 1h 05m
  • Layover in Yap YAP Overnight 1h 10m
  • Depart Yap 3:35 AM – Arrive Guam 5:02 AM
  • United 186 · Economy Class · Boeing 737, Overnight flight 1h 27m
  • Layover in Guam GUM1h 33m, Depart Guam 6:35 AM – Arrive Honolulu 5:55 PM-1
  • United 200 · Economy Class · Boeing 777 7h 20m, Layover in Honolulu HNL2h 50m
  • Depart Honolulu 8:45 PM-1 – Los Angeles 5:00 AM
  • United 534 · Economy Class · Boeing 777, Overnight flight 5h 15m

Are there any other flight options?

Another great question. The Kids Sea Camp crew will be flying out of Atlanta, to Tokyo and then into Palau. Atlanta is a Delta hub. We will be saving about 2-3 hours of flight time by flying to Tokyo.

Coming home (time travel)

  • Departure from Koror, Palau: (ROR) 12:30 AM
  • Arrival to the US: Los Angeles, CA (LAX) 5:00 AM
    This includes three stops in Guam, Honolulu and your final destination of Los Angeles. The total time of 20 hours or so. You also travel back in time arriving in Honolulu late Saturday but arriving in Los Angeles early Sunday morning.

Helpful Local Information for Palau

Banking & Currency: U.S. dollar is the official currency of Palau. Traveler’s checks and all major credit cards are accepted at most businesses, including Sam’s Tours. There are several banks (Bank of Hawaii, Bank of Guam, and Bank Pacific) and plenty of automated teller machines around town.

Health & Medical Services: Palau National Hospital is a well-equipped and professionally staffed facility with an experienced Barotrauma Team. Besides, there are excellent private clinics, out-patient surgeries, and pharmacies on the island. Local supermarkets carry most common over-the-counter medications.

Dress Code: The dress code in Palau makes it great for Kids, casual is in! Palau is a tropical island, so when it comes to attire it's:  T-shirts, shorts, and flip-flops (rubber slippers) are appropriate with very few exceptions (thankfully, ties haven’t become a hit here)! For those who want to dress up, a polo shirt, aloha shirt or blouse will usually suffice. Parents can leave the slacks and dresses at home! Short shorts and swimsuits are okay at the beach, pool and around the dive shop but not appropriate around town. Please keep in mind that many restaurants and the resort are heavily air-conditioned so if you get cold easy you might want to bring something to keep you warm!

BELAU MEDICAL CLINIC:  bmc@palaunet.com

Tel. No: + 680-488-2688 / Fax No: + 680-488-1087

FAMILY SURGICAL CLINIC:

Tel. No: + 680-488-6920 / Fax No: + 680-488-6922

Postal Service: Palau is served by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), so you will be able to send as many postcards back as you would like. Mail only 6-9 days to get mail back to the U.S. mainland via first class or priority mail.

Telecommunications: Kids Sea Camp guests will be able to call home whenever necessary. International direct dialing is readily available using Calling Cards from Palau National Communications Corporation (PNCC). Cards are available at Sam’s Tours and many other business establishments. Internet access is non-essential at Sam’s Tours and Palau Royal Resort.

Mobile phone service (GSM 900) is available on the island. However, international roaming is not possible, and phones will not operate without a SIM card purchased (or rented) locally.

Time Zone: Palau is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) + 9 hours or the same as Japan. At present we are 13 hours ahead of New York and 16 hours ahead of LA. An hour is added to daylight savings time.

Tipping: Tipping is not required but is a common practice for all service personnel, dive guides, and boat captains.

Transportation: There is no public transportation system in Palau. Sam’s Tours will provide Kids Sea Camp guests with complimentary roundtrip hotel and downtown shuttle service for things outside KSC activities. Taxi service is also readily available up until 10:00 pm and fares are very reasonable. Arrangements are easily made in advance for taxi service after 10:00 pm. For all Kids Sea Camp activities transportation is provided as needed.

Quarantine Restrictions: As Palau’s unique island eco-system is very susceptible to invasive specifies there are tight restrictions on fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, meats and other possible sources of contamination. Do not bring these items to Palau as they are subject to immediate confiscation.

Drugs: Anti-drug laws are enforced. Prescriptions should be carried for any particular medicines or drugs in your possession.

PPEF: Palau Pristine Paradise Environmental Fee is new as of 2018. This is a $100 fee per person that is included in your airline ticket. 

Departure Tax: Palau has a departure tax of $50.00 USD which is included in all Kids Sea Camp package pricing, and a representative from Sam’s Tours will be on hand during departure to organize this.

Travel notes: It is essential that you remember to bring your certification cards, Passports and your copy of your forms & waivers. I also highly recommend that you have both Dive and Trip insurance. We support DAN as our provider of choice.

Palau point person:

Marc Bauman or Dermot Keane, Sam’s Tours Palau, P.O. Box 7076

Koror, Palau 96940 Office: 680.488.1062 Email: marc@samstours.com (Marc Bauman)

If there are any special considerations for meals, boat assignments or anything else that you would like us to request for you, please let us know. Our Sasy and Seal Team treasure hunt is sponsored by PADI and ScubaPro.

Where is Palau? The Republic of Palau is 900 miles southwest of Guam and 400 miles south of Yap at the western-most edge of Micronesia. Palau is north of New Guinea and east of the Philippines. We fly from LAX or HNL to Guam and then a quick stop in YAP and onto Palau. It's a long way to go, but well worth it when you get there. My suggestion would be to extend your stay by a few days if you can.

Are there any taxes or fees not included in the price? Yes. The airport departure tax is $35 US and is paid upon departure. These fees are levied by the Palau Government and are subject to change without notice. They are not included in the charter rate.

Do I need a passport? U.S. citizens are required to have a passport for international travel. For details on travel requirements for U.S. citizens, please visit the U.S. State Department’s website. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the appropriate consulate.

If I book diving with Sam’s Tours through Family Dive Adventures and Kids Sea Camp will I pay more? No. There is no surcharge for booking our services through our professional travel partner. Booking through Kids Sea Camp can save you money on air/hotel/diving packages and help you plan a good itinerary. 

Is there a store in town? Yes. There are two large and very well stocked supermarkets and department stores in the center of town. There are also lots of convenience stores all around town. The stores stay open until 9:00 pm.

What type of electrical power do you have? Palau uses 110 Volt electricity with the same type of outlets as the U.S. At the dive center, we also have 220 Volt service.

 

Palau is more than just diving

Kayak Tours: Planet Blue kayak tours offer an excellent way to experience the beauty of Palau’s rock islands. Palau boasts more than 300 emerald islands set in crystal clear, turquoise lagoons. Our kayak tours provide the perfect medium to explore Palau’s hidden network of marine lakes, mangrove channels, marine tunnels, tropical beaches, and marine caverns, all in the serenity of nature. No paddling experience is necessary.

All tours begin with paddling instruction and speedboat shuttles to and from the kayak site to maximize fun and adventure while eliminating long, tiring paddle distances. Planet Blue offers a variety of day tours through the world-famous rock islands. All of the trips are a well balanced mixed of light paddling through calm waters with a combination of birding, snorkeling, hiking and exploring. The tours are led by naturalist guides, armed with maps, books, specimens, and binoculars to help highlight the treasures of this Micronesian paradise.

Planet Blue uses the highest quality kayak equipment available. We offer all of our guests the freedom of choosing single or double Perception sea kayaks. These open-top sea kayaks, equipped with dry storage hatches, thigh straps, and incredibly comfortable seats for full-back support. We’ve chosen lightweight paddles, which are perfect for novice or professional paddlers. We provide you with dry bags and boxes to waterproof everything from T-shirts to video cameras. Our service is first class. We offer free shuttle service to and from all hotels in Koror. Every tour begins with a review of our tour menu, and we do our best to honor requests. After a brief orientation to the kayaks and paddles, we are swept into the rock islands by speedboat shuttle to begin our adventure.

Rock Island Tours: Discover Palau, the Eighth Wonder of the World! Of the thousands of idyllic islands that dot the mighty Pacific Ocean, Micronesia’s westernmost island chain known as the Palau archipelago is perhaps a best-kept secret. Rich in natural beauty, steeped in ancient culture, Palau is truly Mother Natures’ work of art! Our guided rock island tours offer an exciting full day of sightseeing, snorkeling and exploring throughout Palau’s enchanting islands and a bounty of beautiful sights & scenes too numerous to be included in one tour.

Snorkel vibrant coral reefs are teeming with colorful marine life. Swim with the prehistoric inhabitants of mysterious Jellyfish Lake. Relax on white sandy beaches. Hike through tropical rainforests. Visit hidden marine lakes and fascinating natural wonders. Marvel at ancient stone money carved by intrepid voyagers from the nearby islands of Yap. Cruise through the fascinating geological formations of the Rock Islands.

Our rock island tours include a selection of attractions, snorkel spots, and beach stops including but not limited to Big Drop-Off, German Channel, Milky Way, Mandarin Fish Lake, Rainforest Walks, Rock Island Beaches, Risong Bay, Yapese Stone Money, Soft Coral Arch, WWII Zero Fighter Plane and more! All tours include snorkel gear, lunch & refreshments.

Tour details: A minimum of 4 passengers is required to ensure tour departure. We are happy to combine bookings to meet a required number of passengers. Contact Sam’s Tours to confirm departure details. Complimentary hotel transfer service at 8:30 a.m. Afternoon return to dock 4:30 p.m. (approx). Customized tour schedules are available upon request.

Land Tours

  • Ngardmau Waterfalls
  • Badrulchau Monoliths
  • WWII History Tour

Palau has much to offer in addition to diving. With a wealth of beautiful scenery, ancient culture, traditional villages, historic sites, tropical flora and fauna, and many endemic birds and other creatures, there is much to see and do outdoors. Sam’s Tours offers a variety of scenic trips to a variety of sites, including the spectacular waterfalls at Ngardmau, the ancient stone monoliths at Badrulchau dating back to 161 A.D., tropical jungle trails to German Lighthouse or the WWII sites and reinforcements of Peleliu island. Sam’s Tours can customize a one-day tour or a weeklong adventure to offer you a pleasant mix of fun, adventure, and relaxation.

The island is filled with World War II history. We’ll make that history lesson fun and informative by taking you to some of the most exciting sites in Palau. The trip to German Lighthouse is just one of many places you can experience first hand Palau ‘s role in World War II history. This forested walk follows a path constructed by the Japanese during WWII and leads to forgotten relics from the war; secretive bunkers, massive cannons, and the rock island headquarters filled with relics. Along with other hidden treasures, this exploration is guaranteed to satiate the WWII enthusiasts.

The reward at the top of the island is a century old coral-built lighthouse constructed during the German occupation. The look-out from the top of the lighthouse gives you a birds-eye view of most of the archipelago.