Pom Pom Island Resort
Tucked away from the Borneo’s coast, Pom Pom Island is just 45 minutes by boat from Semporna. The Pom Pom Island is a small coral reef island that offers visitors a touch of luxury, which is surrounded by amazing flat fine white sand and clear blue seawater of the Celebes Sea. The island is populated by massively wooded small trees from the pandanus family.
The island is free from any villages and has minimal human impact, hence creating the privacy much needed for holiday makers and honeymooners. The Villas on this resort was tastefully constructed with elements of traditional architecture that uniquely blends into the natural surroundings. After your sun, sand and sea adventure, the resort also offers pampering sessions at the Yin and Yang Spa - an ideal place for you to have a nice massage and cooling therapy for the potentially over exposed sun kissed skin!
Holiday makers and wildlife marine lovers will be amazed by the rich marine biodiversity Pom Pom island proudly showcase to its visitors - an abundance of rare and uncommon marine species. The island is a macro divers paradise with many small creatures located in the shallows in front of the resorts. The reef is on the edge of the continental shelf and the seabed surrounding the reef slopes out to 100 to 130 m deep. There are deep - near vertical - walls starting at 27-30m deep located at the Northern tip, Eastern plateau and lobster wall. Depending on tide the current at these locations can be strong giving excellent drift dives with many pelagic fish.
The region is part of the coral triangle, which houses about 500 plus coral species. The Island is also known for the nesting location site for Green and Hawksbill turtle. The Green turtle nests all year round but peak nesting is May to September. The Hawksbill nests in small numbers. Both turtles are present on the reef throughout the year with an average of 7 green turtles seen per hour on a dive or snorkel. The hawksbill is both less common and more territorial with the same individuals being regularly seen at Lobster wall, the North tip and Magic rocks (Wikipedia, 2017). So for travelers who plan to visit the island during the mentioned time or have the luxury to plan their trip to Pom Pom Island, perhaps a visit between May to September would maximize one's opportunity to see the turtles.