Pom Pom Island - Sipadan Pom Pom Resort


REGION: Tawau / Pom Pom Island
DURATION: From 2 Days 1 Night
AVAILABILITY: Pre-Book Required
PICK UP POINT: Your Hotel in Tawau City / Tawau Airport
PICK UP TIME: Depends on Which Boat Schedule Selected
DROP OFF POINT: Your Hotel in Tawau City / Tawau Airport
DROP OFF TIME: Depends on Which Boat Schedule Selected
* All timings are estimated and for reference purposes only. Actual timing will be provided prior to your departure.

Take a short 45 minutes Malaysia Airlines domestic flight from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau then you will be met and transferred to Semporna Jetty (Harbor) by van (approx. 1-hour drive) and finally, you will be transferred to Sipadan Pom Pom Resort by speedboat (appro. 45 minutes boat ride).

Arrival : 
Book the earliest flight to arrive Tawau, for transfer to resort on same day.
The boat in into Pom Pom Resort is at 12:30 Hrs & 16:00 Hrs daily.

Book any flight from 17:00 Hrs onward. 
First boat will be departing at 09:00 Hrs, second boat will departing from resort at 13:00 Hrs. 

The information below acts as a guideline & subject to change without prior notice.

Arrival Flight Information

BKI/TWU AK6268 06:10 07:05 10:45 12:30
BKI/TWU MH2121 07:40 08:30
BKI/TWU AK6272 08:10 09:05
KUL/TWU AK5744 07:00 09:50
KUL/TWU MH2660 06:55 09:50
SDK/TWU MH3061 09:20 10:00
BKI-TWU AK6260 09:10 10:05
KUL/TWU AK5746 07:00 10:05
BKI/TWU OD1700 10:55 11:45 15:00 16:00
BKI/TWU MH2137 12:30 13:20
BKI/TWU AK6262 13:50 14:40

Departure Flight Information


TWU/KUL MH2665 14:30 09:00 11:30
TWU/BKI MH3052 14:25
TWU/BKI AK6263 15:05
TWU/SDK MH3064 15:25
TWU/KUL AK5749 15:40
TWU/BKI AK6267 17:40 13:00 15:30
TWU/BKI MH2134 18:10
TWU/KUL AK5741 18:55
TWU/KUL AK5752 20:40
TWU/BKI AK6265 21:45

MH- Malaysia Airlines     AK- AirAsia     OD - Malindo Air


  • Proposed flight times are for reference purposes only and are not updated in real-time. *Please check with the respective airline(s) and their flight schedules for up to date information and booking details.
  • If your flight cannot meet our normal schedule, you will be required to wait for the next transfer.
  • It is compulsory that you are furnished with a *Reservations confirmation voucher* from us to present at the resort to avoid any inconvenience caused.
  • Guest are hereby strongly advised to take morning schedules
  • Boat departures are subject to weather conditions
  • The company will not hold responsibility for any overnight accommodation due to bad weather.

Tawau/Semporna Pick Up Arrangement: 

  • Tawau Town Hotel: Meet at 08:00 Hrs at hotel lobby. We will first go to pick up guest at Tawau Airport, then head to Semporna Jetty for 12:30 Hrs scheduled boat.
  • Semporna Town Hotel: Meet at 11:15 Hrs at hotel lobby. We will head to Semporna Jetty for 12:30 Hrs scheduled boat.

(Book & Pay at Resort Directly)

Diving Packages Per Dive per Person
1-5 Dives MYR 200 per dive
6-10 Dives MYR 180 per dive
11 and above Dives MYR 160 per dive
Orientation Dive (over 1 year no dive are recommended) MYR 200 per dive
Nitrox Tank (Max 36% Oxygen) MYR 30 per tank


  • All diving activities are to be scheduled and paid at the dive resort directly. No last minute divers. Please schedule morning dives at least a night before from the dive desk (7:00pm-8:00pm). Please schedule afternoon dives at least a night before or that morning, before lunch. 
  • Divers are responsible to be at the dive center by 8:15am and 2:15pm for morning and afternoon dives respectively or time adviced by dive center staff during registration.
  • General Diving Information
    • Two boat dives to other islands nearby Pom Pom Island, with a minimum of 2 divers in the morning.
    • One boat dive around Pom Pom Island in the afternoon, with no minimum.
    • Single diver may only dive around Pom Pom Island but it is always possible to join the snorkelling boat heading to other islands without surcharge or opt for a private boat charter.
    • Dive sites in the surrounding islands* will be organized and subjected to our Dive Instructor / Dive master’s recommendation based on weather and sea conditions.
    • Any out of dive center’s operation hours diving to be charged separately; subjected to availability of boat crew, dive guide/instructor.
    • Private dive guide/instructor can be arranged subjected to availabilityof dive guide/instructor with surcharge.
      *The islands around Pom Pom are: Pulau Boheydulang (Tun Sakaran Marine Park), Pulau Mantabuan (Tun Sakaran Marine Park), Pulau Timba Timba, Pulau Pandanan, Pulau Mataking.
  • The diving package is strictly for CERTIFIED DIVERS in good health & fitness. Diver with medical condition should get clearance from medical physician/practitioner. Proof of diving certification must be shown before/during dive booking. Diving licenses must be shown upon reservation, or at the dive centre prior to any dive activity.
  • The dive package includes Air Tanks (12 litre), belt and weights, boat transfer to dive site, dive guide.
    Note: FULL SCUBE EQUIPMENT and underwater camera are available to rent at dive center. 
  • The Dive Manager and/or Dive Instructors reserve the right to stop any dive activity if the dive centre policy is not respected, especially if divers are standing, sitting, bumping or touching the corals, or other marine animals.
  • Each dive package is valid for 1 person only: it may not be shared, and is not transferable. Any booked dive package is not refundable in the event of a “no show” or other surplus dives at the discretion of the Dive Manager.
  • Pom Pom PADI Dive Centre adheres to PADI’s established no fly time periods, as seen in your Open water diver manual, the PADI Instructors manual or the RDP.
  • The use of personal dive computers is highly recommended, and we do not allow a single dive computer to be shared by multipledivers. If you dive without a computer, you must have a watch + depth gauge + demonstrate the use of the RDP table.
  • Prepaid Dive Course & E-learning from PADI WEBSITE: If you wish to do a course, you must obtain a Medical certificate specifically FOR DIVING ACTIVITY before booking or starting the E-learning.
    • Even though you can do your theory before your arrival, online through PADI’s website, you will need to pass a quick review exam before continuing with the course. You only need to do the practical sessions in the water thereafter.
    • Prepaid courses are non-refundable.
  • Pom Pom PADI Dive Centre adheres to a 24 hour non diving period prior to flying.
  • SELF DIVE WITH A BUDDY FROM THEIR Pier (House reef) is not allowed due to safety reasons.
    • All certified divers must do a Scuba Review if have not been diving for more than 2 years.
    • Certified Diver with less than 50 logged dives abd last dive more than 1 year must do a Scuba Review.
    • Certified diver with over 50 logged dives and last dive more than 1 year may required to do a Check Out Dive.
  • Discover SCUBA Diving (DSD)
    • First dive will always be conducted at safe environment on Pom Pom Island. Guests may request boat dive to other islands for additional/subsequent dives if completed SCUBA skills satisfactorily, subjected to approval from conducting SCUBA Instructor and availability of resort's boat.
    • DSD will normally conducted at 08:30-10:30 Hrs or 14:3016:30 Hrs.
    • DSD fees shall not be either fully/partially refunded once the course is started.
    • Underwater camera may be allowed subjected to conduting SCUBA Instructor's approval.
    • Private Scuba Instructor may be ossible for booking at an addtional price and is subjected to availability of SCUBA instructor.

PADI Dive Centre
PomPom resort is situated in Borneo, a place on earth considered to be a paradise for diving. The diving offered is supported by professional services, suitable for all levels of experience.

They are a registered PADI Scuba Diving Centre in 2008, and abide by PADI Standards and Procedures. If you have never tried Scuba Diving before, you can start by maybe trying a discover scuba dive, where you can enjoy your first underwater diving experience with a qualified PADI Dive Instructor. You can become a “SCUBA DIVER” in 3 days, or if you prefer you can become an “OPEN WATER DIVER” in 4 days.

If you dive already, and wish to progress, the dive center can offer you the “ADVANCED COURSE”, “RESCUE” and many others. Their prime goal is to ensure your diving safety, so the friendly and enthusiastic Dive Instructors will assist your every need and are committed to making your diving dreams come true. 

The dive centre have a Briefing Room with DVD facilities, Gear Room for drying and storing your equipment, fresh water showers, Camera Room and Compressor Room. They aim to provide you with the highest service.

SIPADAN is the small island where you can dive and snorkel.  It is a 15-30 minutes boat ride south of Mabul. Sipadan is the tip of a mountain with steep underwater walls all around it.  These walls drop to 300m on the Mabul side of the island and 600m on south side.

Diving on Sipadan is all drift diving, divers drop in and cruise with the current along the walls.  This combination of deep walls and ocean currents provides the ideal environment for pelagic such as sharks and large schools of jacks and barracuda.

Divers and snorkelers are to refrain from touching, teasing and restraining turtles under water because turtles are air breathers and can be drowned if panicked or cornered.  Anyone riding or restraining turtles will sit out the next dive.

Note: The time restricted by the Government for Diving at Sipadan Island is from 6am to 6pm.


MABUL in contrast to Sipadan is a continuation of the Borneo landmass rather than the top of an underwater mountain.  Because of this, Mabul has more gradually sloping walls around it that bottom out at about 30m.  The attractions on Mabul are of the smaller variety such as lobster, crocodile fish, moray and garden eels.  This makes it an ideal location for macro-photo opportunities.

If you walk around the east of the island at night, be sure to take a flashlight and watch for sea snakes on the beach or amongst the palm trees.


KAPALAI lies to the east of Mabul about 10 minutes away.  It used to be a vegetated island much like Mabul but erosion has turned it into a small sandbar that just breaks the surface of the water.  This is an area that we are exploring for new dive sites.  Like Mabul it is an excellent location for macro-photography and is specially abundant in the rare finds of diving such as mandarin fish, stonefish, leaf fish, pipefish, lionfish, frogfish, cuttlefish, eels, and more.

Sabah Parks Announcement

Effective in 2020 onwards, Sabah Parks has announced that Sipadan Island will be CLOSED for any activities including Diving and Snorkeling during the month of November every year (1-30 November).  The purpose of this one month closure is to give a “RECUPERATION PERIOD” to the marine environment in Sipadan Island.  During this closure period, Divers and Snorkelers will be brought to other islands of Tun Sakaran Marine park for their activities.

Entering Sipadan Island, require permit and may not be approved on certain days if the quota is exceeded. Approval is issued by Sabah Park early one day before entering, therefore would not be able to tell in advance. But the resort will still apply for guest entry to this restricted area. Should there be an approval in any of the day during the guest's stay, the resort will bring the guest to dive at Sipadan at a fee . The chances is high if guest's stay is longer. (Example: For a minimum period of 3 nights and above). However, we still cannot guarantee your chances.

Sipadan at this present moment only allowed 176 persons per day. Amazing Borneo and Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort hold no responsibility for not being able to dive everyday in Sipadan due to conservation done by our Government. The resort only try their best to arrange every of our guests to dive at Sipadan.

What Happens If There Are No Sipadan Permits Available at Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort?
There is NO Guarantee that we can obtain permits due to limited spaces especially if it is a last minute request. In the event that there are no Sipadan permits available during your stay at Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort, the Resort Management may endeavour to assist you to book permit from other resorts (upon request). You will therefore have to bear the permit charges from other resorts which the amount will be advised accordingly at the resort itself. This price (varies from MYR 150 to MYR 300 per permit per day) is subject to change and will be updated every now and then. Guest is to pay for the permit and boat fees at the resort according to the current rate. This will be subject to your approval. Please note that Sipadan permit is not guaranteed and there is no first come first serve basis.

  • All reservation MUST provide the following information: Name as per passport, Passport Number, Nationality, Gender & Flight detail
  • Upon arrival at Tawau airport prior to land transfer to the resort, all guests are required to sign a liability release (waiver) form to express an assumption of risk. All guests are to abide all the rules for safety in scuba diving and any other recreational activities provided by the resort.
  • Boat journey to the Island may not be suitable for individuals who have any of the following conditions but not limited to: heart or lung conditions, recent surgery, back or spinal surgery, back problems/injury/fracture, arthritis, osteoporosis or other similar spinal/pelvic diseases. Pregnant women are also not recommended as the boat ride may be bumpy depending on the sea condition. If you are having similar issues as above, kindly consult your physician before you enrol in this activity.
  • No refund will be made for any part of the Sipadan or Mabul Island diving trip, shorten stay, transfers, side tours, hotels, meals, diving permit etc. not utilized by the guest once the trip has departed from their place of origin.
  • After commencement of service, no refund, in part or full, will be given for services included in the package which have not been utilized or due to bad weather
  • Weather conditions: We cannot predict the weather conditions these days for scuba diving even for the best season
  • Last but not least, tipping is like giving a hug. Although it’s never expected, it’s always very much appreciated.

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