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).
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
|SECTOR||FLIGHT||ETD||ETA||AIRPORT PICK UP||BOAT IN|
Departure Flight Information
|SECTOR||FLIGHT||ETD||AIRPORT PICK UP||BOAT IN|
MH- Malaysia Airlines AK- AirAsia OD - Malindo Air
Tawau/Semporna Pick Up Arrangement:
(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|
DIVE CENTRE POLICY & REGULATIONS
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.
SPECIAL RULES FOR PROTECTING TURTLES:
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.
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