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Dive Review of Sam's Tours in
Micronesia/Palau

Sam's Tours: "Great diving with Sam's Tours", Apr, 2017,

by Julie Finley, CA, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9735 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments [None]Great variety of dive sites from walls to canyons with swim throughs to coral filled channels. 80 degree water and 80' visibility. Reef sharks on almost every dive, with an occasional bull shark or thresher. Blue Corner deserves its fabulous reputation. You can hang on a reef hook in a ripping current with thousands of fish swirling around you and schools of barracuda a few feet away, and lots of sharks cruising by you, then the next dive with no current and turtles, spotted eagle rays, lettuce coral, etc. German Channel can have 8-10 mantas feeding, sharks herding jacks, octopuses hunting in the rocks, feather tailed stingrays in the sand -- all in one dive. Sam's Tours has great boats and excellent, experienced dive guides who can find almost anything you want to see in these waters.
Both Palau Royal Resort and Palau Pacific Hotel are first class, with beautiful rooms and acceptable food. There are excellent restaurants. The Taj for world class Indian Food, Kramer's for a variety and an Americans hangout.
The bad is that Internet service is slow and spotty and non-existent when it is raining. Cell phone service is good with a local simm card. Verizon works but AT&T does not. No shopping, except for wood carved story boards, dive stuff, a few art and jewelry stores, tourist stuff.
All in all, a great place with lots of WWII history, an excellent day in Pelileu on your surface day, or kayaking. Jellyfish Lake is temporarily closed due to drought damage to the jellyfish.
Websites Sam's Tours   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]Dumaguete and Moalboal in Philippines, Oahu, Maui
Closest Airport Babeldob Getting There Easy on UAL, but a long trip

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]must carry safety sausage and use computer. All dives are guided except the wall at Sam's Tours dock.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Rinse tanks at Sam's, just set up in your hotel. Some supplies available in town. Styrofoam box with water available on dive boats on request.
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