If you like the following, this trip might be for you:

Fish, Fish and Fish

This trip is about insane quantities of fish. Whether it is snappers, moorish idols, bumphead parrotfish: hundreds and even thousands of them roam these waters. To us, the feeling of being in an overwhelmingly large school of uncountable fish just hits different. It gives divers a true of idea the vast quantities of life there is still left in our oceans, and the humongous fish schools of Palau are a testament to that.

Bumphead Spawning

The parrotfish aggregation is one of the underwater highlights of Palau and probably the whole region. During the new moon phases, thousands of bumphead parrotfish come together to spawn, in what is considered the largest bumphead parrotfish aggregation in the world. This much ocean activity unsurprisingly also attracts a large number of underwater predators, providing a unique underwater spectacle.

Seabream Spawning

Twice a year, blue lined sea bream gather at the southernmost point of Peleliu Island. Its exposed location and strong currents provide ideal conditions for tens of thousands of these distinctive fish of fish to flock together. This natural behavior, this aggregation is like an underwater firework display of energy and excitement, also attracts big predators in Palau such as bull sharks, tunas and oceanic blacktip sharks.

Jellyfish Lake

Jellyfish Lake is a mysteriously wonderful inland lake and one of the South Pacific’s most unique underwater attractions. Millions of Moon and Golden Jellyfish migrate vertically across a huge basin of water in the middle of the jungle. In the 12000 years the lake has existed, these Jellyfish have evolved in a very unusual way: they have lost their nematocysts, or stinging cells.

Small group travel

With only 6 divers a private boat, the chances of having intimate and undisturbed wildlife encounters will be maximised. Divers who enjoy time and space to enjoy the underwater spectacles will love this one: no big boats and waters full of other divers! This is the intimacy a magical place like Palau deserves.

Marine Diversity

Palau's underwater world is extremely diverse, offering a wide range of drift dives along beautiful drop-offs with soft and hard corals, plateaus and coral gardens on the outer reefs. The more than 100 different dive sites also include plenty of wrecks, with more than 30 from the second World War. Truly something for every diver is to be found here.

#1 bucketlist

"The highest spot on my bucket list! I am so proud we are partnering up with Palau's most award-winning dive centern and eco-adventure company, Sams Tour's to visit this absolute diving valhalla. I hear a lot of noises from within the diving industry that this place is just magical, especially the spawning events with quantities of marine life you just don't have anywhere else. Come join us, you won't regret it."

- Marcel, Tripleader/Travelbutler -

Meet your BTM Trip leaders

Marcel Wilpernig

Travel Butler

Timon Koch

Trip leader & Photographer

Palau Spawning with Sam´s Tours

Mar 2nd -  16th, 2024

Trip price:

€ 5.199
  • per person (see details below for what is included in this price)


  • Airport transfers and all necessary transfers on Palau
  • 14 nights accommodation in a double room at Palau Central Hotel, Rock Island View room with breakfast
  • A total of 20 dives on a private boat with only 6 guests in total
  • 2 or 3 tank dives incl. tanks, weights, Nitrox (up to 32%), guides and boat
  • 2 days “spawning dives”
  • Unlimited diving at Sam’s Macro Wall
  • Lunch and refreshments on tour days
  • Excursions include transportation, English speaking tour guide, lunch, drinking water

Not included:

  • International flights to Koror
  • Drinks and meals on Palau
  • Koror State Rock Island Permit Fee incl. Jellyfish Lake – $100.00 per person, valid for 10 consecutive days. Non-transferable
  • Peleliu State Permit Fee for divers – $30.00 per person, valid for 10 consecutive days. Non-transferable
  • Peleliu State Permit Fee for all other water activities – $10.00 per person, valid for 10 consecutive days. Non-transferable
  • All credit card payments at Sam’s Tours Palau are subject to a 3.5% credit card fee
  • Trip cancellation and medical insurance
  • Extra dives or excursions, personal expenses
  • Equipment rental

Our terms & conditions apply!

We highly recommend DiveAssure insurance, which covers force majeure cases and single missed days of diving due to sickness. 

Please note that trips such as spawning event are a very special experience which can never be guaranteed. There is no guarantee of an animal encounter or the perfect underwater photo. It is nature, just like everywhere else. The beauty lies in its unpredictability.

Get in touch about this trip!

Mar 2nd – 16th, 2024 14 nights Palau Spawning

We will arrive on March 2nd 2024 in Koror, Palau. We will be picked-up and transfered to our hotel, Palau Central Hotel. We will be a small group of max. 6 people with a private boat charter for 20 dives in total in Palau. Full day tours include two dives and lunch on one of the pristine islands of the Rock Islands. If you haven’t had enough of diving after returning in the late afternoon, you can do another dive at “Sam’s Macro Wall” right in front of the dive center. Here you can meet mandarin fish during the twilight.

We will dive on walls with incredible coral formations, hang out with sharks in reef corners, encounter rays, and schooling fish, and explore channels, sandy bottom sites, tunnels, holes, caves, and caverns during our dive. And we will explore twisted remains of WWII freighters, plane wrecks, and more.

And we will have a double spawning trip with the Blue Lined Sea Bream and the Bumphead Parrotfish. This is a special spawning trip as it is only possible to do this twice a year once in March and once in April. You will get to dive with two of the biggest aggregations of those species discovered on the planet so far, something quite special.

The important thing is to never forget that this is a natural spectacle. And nature is not predictable.

Snorkelling excursion to Jellyfish Lake:
Jellyfish Lake is a marine lake with millions of golden Jellyfish. This lake is part of the Rock Islands, a group of small, rocky, mostly uninhabited islands in Palau’s Southern Lagoon, between Koror and Peleliu.

Day trip German Lighthouse:
This tour is for nature lovers of all ages and offers outstanding bird watching opportunities, as well as an interesting hike through the jungle where numerous WWII remains are hidden.

Half day tour Peleliu:
After 2 dives in Peleliu we discover the countless artifacts from the Second World War and experience the history of Palau up close.

After 14 exciting days with diving and some land tours, is our departure day and we will fly back home.

Daily Itinerary


Arrival, check in hotel & dive center

03.03.2024 2 boat dives with Sam’s Tours
04.03.2024 2 boat dives with Sam’s Tours + excursion to Jellyfish Lake (snorkelling)
05.03.2024 3 boat dives “Spawning Seabreams”. 1-2 Spawning dives and 1 other dive
06.03.2024 Day off
07.03.2024 3 boat dives “Spawning Bumpheads”. One Spawning dive and two other dives.
08.03.2024 Day trip German Lighthouse
09.03.2024 2 boat dives + dive Chandelier Cave with Sam’s Tours
10.03.2024 2 boat dives Peleliu + half day tour Peleliu
11.03.2024 3 boat dives with Sam’s Tours
12.03.2024 Day off
13.03.2024 2 boat dives with Sam’s Tours
14.03.2024 Rock Island Tour with BBQ (snorkelling)
15.03.2024 Cultural Land Tour
16.03.2024 Departure

Palau Central Hotel

The Palau Central Hotel offers newly renovated Western style rooms in the center of Palau´s downtown only steps away from restaurants, shopping and activities. Palau International Airport is only 15 minutes away and the dive center Sam´s Tours is only 7 minutes away by car.

The hotel offers also a restaurant, a spa area, outdoor swimming pool and a conference center.

Standard Room – Rock Island View

Enjoy the tranquility of Palau’s stunning Rock Island Views in this air conditioned, non-smoking room. Features include one king bed or two twin beds, rain shower, vanity and closet, reading lights, in-house safe, Serta® mattress, hypoallergenic pillows, microfiber comforter and all standard hotel amenities.


The first thing we’d like to note, which speaks to the character of this island nation, is that the world’s first shark sanctuary was declared in Palau in 2009.  It was only after that action that other nations begans to follow suit.

The Federated States of Micronesia, includes the diving havens of Palau, Truk & Yap, covering roughly 3 million square miles. East of the Philippines & north of Indonesia, the islands are small, rocky & largely uninhabitable, but richly forested, many with dazzling white sand beaches. Palau itself is composed of about 250 mostly-uninhabited islands, which are ringed by a single barrier reef.

Situated where she is in a triangle with Indonesia and the Philippines, it comes as no surprise that splendid corals are one of Palau’s greatest claims to fame – along with tremendous marine diversity. Most dive sites in Palau are world-class, with underwater features like blue holes, drop-offs, caverns, caves and channels. Visibility often seems endless and can go up to 30m on good days.

Palau can be dived year-round and the water temperature is usually warm at a range of 27-30°C. Most of the dive sites are located about 45-60 minutes away by speed boat from the dive center of Sam´s Tours.

Most of the dive sites are recommended for divers with experience because of the strong currents in Palau. A reef hook is critical to have for several dive sites at the outer walls of the barrier reef.

Shipwreck enthusiast will be spoilt for choice in Palau as there are more than 20 Japanese warships and planes from the Second World War to discover, many of them covered with colorful corals.

Sam´s Tours Palau

The friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff at this PADI 5-Star National Geographic Center lead daily trips for divers of all skill levels to Palau’s world-class dive sites and WWII wrecks.

Sam’s Tours dive center is located in Koror, Palau.

You will have complimentary NITROX up to 32% (with proof of certification) and full day or half-day trips and customized private charters, for individuals, families and groups.

For non-diving days, there’s a selection of breath-taking tours – both on and off the water – that include rock island tours, snorkel tours, Jellyfish Lake tours, Palau’s top rated kayak trips, big island sight-seeing tours, waterfall tours, cultural tours and “around the town” shopping shuttles.

At days end, Bottom Time Bar & Grill – home port of the Royal Belau Yacht Club – offers relaxed casual dining and tropical sunset cocktails right on the water at Sam’s Tours overlooking the beautiful rock islands. It’s the best place in town for fresh sashimi and ice cold Red Rooster Beer, Palau’s only micro-brewed beer!

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