German ChannelGerman ChannelA Manta Ray and Black Snappers at German Channel.


Mike Gerken




Sam's Tours  

April 5-12, 2024

Prices starting at

 $2725 pp dbl occ

$3600 pp sngl occ


Join me for Back to Back Truk/Palau Diving!

Learn more here.... Mike's Truk Lagoon Rec•Tec 2024

Contact [email protected] to reserve today!



Palau is a stunning island nation both above and below the water. It is a "bucket list" destination due to the surreal tropical setting of the Rock Islands and the plethora of marine life to be seen such as sharks, mantas, schooling fish and sheer coral coated walls. 

For six months in 2013, I lived in worked in Palau as a captain & photographer and have been a regular visitor since 2003. It is by far one of my favorite reef diving locales in the world. Abundant fish life, stunning walls, consistent manta sightings and ripping currents are a few of highlights from Palau. 

We will be diving the sites that have made Palau famous such as, German Channel, Blue Corner, Ulong Channel and a snorkel excursion to the famed Jelly Fish Lake. We may even throw in a wreck or two for those keen to get rusty. 

Sam's Tours has been offering exciting diving in Palau since 1990. They are an organization committed to providing safe and professional service. The professional staff and conveniently located facility on Malakaal Harbor make for the perfect launch pad for the high speed boats that will race you off to the many premier dive sites. I believe this organization is the best dive operator in Palau.

Want to maximize your time in Micronesia and scratch two premier destinations off at the same time? Mike has the Rec•Tec 2024 expeditions in Truk Lagoon on the Odyssey that come after this Palau adventure. Find out more here. 


We will be staying at the boutique Palau Central Hotel located in downtown Koror near many restaurants, markets and shopping. The hotel prides itself on high levels of service and comfort while offering the best value in Palau. The hotel has it's own outdoor pool with million dollar view and onsite bar and grill, The Canoe Bar. The bar is the perfect place to unwind with a local crowd and tell stories of the days events diving Palau and dine on tasty food.

Photo Services

I will be offering my professional photo and video services for the duration of the entire trip not to mention my personal knowledge of Palau above and below the water. Whether we are sitting around the bar after a great day of diving or on the dive boat getting ready to get wet I will be available for consultation.

Manta Rays Feeding in Tandem

Jelly Fish LakeJelly Fish LakeAnnette frolicking with the Jelly Fish. Tentative Schedule 

•Fri, Apr 5 - Arrival and check-in at Palau Central

•Sat, Apr 6 to Wed, Apr 8; 3 Tank Dives

•Wed Apr 9; 2 Tank Dive + Snorkeling Jelly Fish Lake (Optional)

•Thu Apr 10; 2 Tank Dive + 3rd Tank Chandelier Cave (Optional)

•Fri, Mar 11 - Peleliu Land Tour (optional) 

•Sat, Mar 12 - Departure


Custom packages with different arrival and departure dates can be accommodated. Contact Mike individually.

What's Included?

•7 nights at Palau Central Hotel double occupancy (Late check-out if required will be extra)

•Breakfast at the Palau Central

•Airport Transfers

•5 days of diving 3 tank dives

•Rock Island Permit $50 value

•Professional Guide Service & Photo Instruction by Mike Gerken

•Bento Box Lunch (provided by Sam's Tours)

•Peleliu Land Tour - Full Day

•Jelly Fish Lake Snorkel Excursion (part of a 2 tank dive day)

•Chandelier Cave Dive (part of a 2 tank dive day)

•Professional guides, tanks, weights and Nitrox up to 32%. 

•Unlimited diving at "Sam's Wall" (Mandarin fish & superb macro fish life)


What's NOT Included?

•Peleliu dive permit $30.00 (if we dive Peleliu)

•Jelly Fish Lake permit $100 value

•Dinner - We will be sampling some great restaurants each evening

•Departure Tax $50.00

•Trip Insurance - It is strongly suggested you invest in trip insurance upon initial deposit to protect yourself against unforeseen events that will cause you to cancel. 



You must have an Advanced Open Water certification or equivalent to participate in the UDE dive tours. Be prepared  to fin against stiff currents on steep walls with changing environmental conditions. 

Getting There

•United Airlines, Korean Airlines, China Air and Asiana Airlines service Palau via Narita, Japan; Taipei, China; Guam, USA; Manilla, Philippines or Seoul, South Korea. Subject to change.

•Your dive package can be customized with earlier or later departure and arrival dates. Contact Mike for booking assistance. 


•A $600 deposit per person required with $100 non-refundable admin fee. 

•Full payment will be due 90 days prior to start of trip. Late payments may cause you to forfeit your spot and lose your deposit. 

Cancellation policy:

  1. More than 9 months prior to charter date:  Refundable less $100 Administrative fee per person.
  2. 9 months to 181 days prior to charter date:  $250 of the deposit is forfeited.
  3. 180 days to 91 days prior to charter date:  $400 of the deposit is forfeited.
  4. 90 days to 61 days prior to charter date:  Forfeit entire deposit amount of $600.
  5. Less than 60 days prior to charter date:  No refund for entire amount. This will be strictly enforced. See below.

Dive Insurance: It is strongly recommended every passenger carry diving accident insurance such as Divers Alert Network (DAN). No Dive Insurance is included in this package.

Trip Insurance: It is strongly recommended every passenger purchase comprehensive accident, medical, baggage and trip cancellation/interruption insurance. The insurance will protect the passenger from financial disappointment in the event of an unforeseen circumstances. No trip insurance is included in this package. 


Red Snapper Spawning


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