Pom Pom Island's Scuba Diving

Pom Pom is a small Malay atoll located near the coasts of Borneo. The island is covered with tropical plants. Snow white beaches where hotels have been built are stretched along the coast. You will find hawksbill turtles and green sea turtles hiding their eggs in the sand of the coast washed by the Celebes Sea. The island is so small that it only takes an hour to walk around it, but it is very beautiful. The place is perfect for those who enjoy solitude and romance. Pom Pom and the nearby islands offer many interesting diving spots. Coral reefs, sheer walls, mild currents, and abundance of life — those impressions will stay with you for the rest of your life! Don't forget to take your camera along to capture the beauty of these waters.

Getting There

Boats go to Pom Pom from Semporna, Borneo. Your trip will take 45 minutes. Then you can get to Tawau Airport in 90 minutes. It accommodates flights from Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu international airports.

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Diving conditions at Pom Pom are good all year round. The water temperature varies from +27 to +29 °C, and visibility is between 15 and 30 merers. The air warms up from +25 to +33 °C. There are fast currents in some places, but instructors try to avoid dangerous sites.

Dive Spots near Pom Pom Island

Mandarin Heaven is a good place for those who like tiny creatures. Divers will find coral gardens with octopuses, shrimp, and lionfish on a gentle slope going down from 5 to 40 meters. Not to mention the rare mandarinfish!
Cliffhanger is a fantastic wall that stands on the sandy bottom. Here you can take a multilevel dive, discovering interesting species of underwater plants and animals at different depths.