Sunday, January 18, 2009

SHARK BYTE - Digital Photo Contest

In conjunction with SHARK WEEKS 2009, Sam’s Tours will also conduct Shark Byte, a year long free competition for Sam’s Tours guests in search of the best digital image of a shark taken in Palau.

Starting February 1, 2009, and every week until the end of the International Year of the Shark 2009, we will select a winning image for Shark Byte of the Week from entries received that week.

Winners of Shark Byte of the Week will receive a Palau Shark Sanctuary T-shirt and have their image featured on SHARKWEEKS.COM, the official site of Shark Weeks. Weekly winning images will automatically be entered in the Shark Byte of the Year contest, results of which will be announced in January 2010, following the close of the International Year of the Shark 2009.

Grand Prize for the winner of SHARK WEEKS - Shark Byte Digital Photo Contest includes:
Round Trip Airfare from Manila to Palau
7 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Koror
5 Days of Diving with Sam's Tours
(or other tours of the winners choice)

For reservations or more information on Shark Weeks, please visit:

WWW.SHARKWEEKS.COM or e-mail RESERVATIONS@SAMSTOURS.COM

Other informative links:
www.sharksanctuary.com
www.sharksanctuary.blogspot.com
www.samstours.com

In 2009, every week is shark week in Palau

Announcing S.AV.E. Our Sharks - Shark Awareness Visitor Education Program!

Sam's Tours Palau yesterday announced the official launch of SHARK WEEKS
(www.sharkweeks.com) at the Boot, marking a year long commitment to shark awareness and education in support of the International Year of The Shark 2009, to help bring an end to the unprecedented slaughter and destruction of sharks
worldwide.

Palau is renowned among divers for exciting encounters with sharks in their
natural environment. There is no need to bait sharks, stage orchestrated
shark feeds or place divers in shark cages. As a veteran Palauan dive guide
says "every week is shark week in Palau!" and it's true. Divers and
snorkelers can encounter sharks on almost every outing all year round. While
different times of the year bring different behaviors among sharks, diving
and snorkeling with sharks is an experience to be enjoyed year round in
Palau.

And "shark diving" is not just limited to dive trips or snorkel trips.
Kayakers participating in tours with Planet Blue Sea Kayak Tours may enjoy
unique opportunities to visit shark nurseries in the inner lagoon areas
where baby black tip sharks hide out until mature enough to take their place
on the outer reef.

Even those enjoying helicopter rides with "Matt the Pilot" over at Palau
Helicopters are often treated to shark sightings. In fact, Matt most
recently reported sightings of baby hammerhead sharks within the lagoon
which were heretofore almost unknown. Bottom line, there are few better
places than Palau for exciting up close shark encounters whether you're a
diver, a snorkeler or simply enjoying a birds eye view of Palau from the
air.

What better place then than Palau to get up close and personal with sharks
and learn about their critical role in the marine environment, understand
their life cycle, witness their importance to Palau's fledgling tourism
industry, and learn about the unprecedented destruction in a matter of a few
short years of a creature that has otherwise survived unchanged for millions
of years? Why limit shark awareness to a once a year Shark Week when in fact
every week is Shark Week in Palau?

As a member of the International Year of The Shark and a long standing
supporter of shark conservation in Palau, Sam's Tours is therefore proud to
launch SHARK WEEKS with a year long S.A.V.E. our SHARKS (Shark Awareness
Visitor Education) program.

Throughout Shark Weeks guests will enjoy shark awareness and shark education
interpretive briefings that will enhance their shark encounters in Palau and
hopefully encourage them to join the fight to protect sharks worldwide. SAVE
our SHARKS certificates will be presented to those who complete the program
and they will be listed in the Palau Shark Sanctuary Shark Savers Registry.

Throughout 2009, Sam's Tours will also conduct Shark Byte, a year long free
competition for Sam's Tours guests in search of the best digital image of a
shark taken in Palau. Starting February 1, 2009, and every week until the
end of the International Year of the Shark 2009, we will select a winning
image for Shark Byte of the week from entries received that week. Winners of
Shark Byte of the Week will receive a Palau Shark Sanctuary T-shirt and have
their image posted on-line. Weekly winners will automatically be entered in
Shark Byte of the Year, with the results of the competition to be announced
at the close of the International Year of the Shark.

The Grand Prize for the Winner of Sam's Tours Shark Byte includes:
Round Trip Airfare from Manila to Palau
7 Nights Hotel Accommodation
5 Days of Diving (or other tour of the winners choice)

To reserve your place or more information on Shark Weeks, please visit:
www.sharkweeks.com
or contact: reservations@samstours.com

Other informative links:
www.sharksanctuary.com

www.sharksanctuary.blogspot.com

www.samstours.com

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Sharkweeks gets prominent supporters

The recently launched Shark Weeks program gets prominent supporters. Dr. Sylvia Earle, renowned oceanographer and frequently referred to as "Her Deepness" has been diving with Sam's Tours recently. During a conversation with Sam's Tours' Managing Director Dermot Keane, Dr. Earle said: "In the 21st Century, shark-finning is barbaric".

Actress Daryl Hannah, who was also part of the group, added: "The decline in shark population here in Palau and worldwide is heartbreaking and shocking...it must be stopped!"

Sharkweeks.com launched - Dive packages available

We are happy to announce the launch of the website for Shark Weeks in Palau, the all-year-round shark education and awareness program launched by Sam's Tours, Palau's premier dive center.
Special Shark Weeks offers are bookable now and every participant in 2009 has the chance to win the Grand Prize, a week of free stay & diving in Palau with Sam's Tours.
For more details, please visit
www.sharkweeks.com and the Special Offers.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

What is Sharkweeks Palau about?

Palau is renowned worldwide amongst scuba divers as a premier dive destination for close encounters with sharks in their natural environment. Oceanic currents and nutrient-rich up-wellings combine to create perfect hunting grounds for Palau’s resident patrolling sharks without the need for orchestrated shark cage dives or controversial baiting of sharks. As a veteran Palauan guide says “Every dive in Palau is a shark dive!”.

But there are big problems lurking just below the oceans surface…sharks are being killed at such an overwhelming rate that they face possible extinction in the very near future. According to a survey by Dalhousie University in Halifax, an average of 80% of all deep-sea sharks have disappeared forever over the last six years. This is not only a dramatic exploitation of the population but also a form of tampering with the largest ecosystem of the world.

Sharks need our assistance now. What better classroom for shark awareness and education than diving and snorkeling with Palau’s sharks?

The goals of the program are to educate visitors about sharks, their importance as apex predators in the marine environment, their significance to Palau’s tourism industry and to inspire people to act immediately to end the unsustainable slaughter of sharks worldwide.