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Pom Pom Island Resort & Spa
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Pulau Sipadan
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Reviewed August 19, 2011

The island is idyllic and very nice both for divers and non divers. The villas are very pretty and if you get one on the beach you basically have a private beach to yourself. I don't agree with comments that the island is dirty but as they are old maybe the management have started working on it. Food is nice and service very friendly. The overall atmosphere is very laid back and there is no pretence to be an exclusive resort which makes it very pleasant for guests who like us do not like wearing evening attire at the beach restaurant... The only "problem" if it can be so called is that the island is virtually disconnected from the world. There is no TV anywhere, bad wireless and little cell phone coverage. We thought this was fantastic but keep it in mind if you plan to work from there. There is an issue of having to pay 2.5% extra if you pay by credit card. This is not standard practice in Malaysia but we did find it in some places in Borneo. Also they want all the money before you leave for the island. We didn't dive but went on a snorkelling trip which was great.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

We where a family of 4 that stayed 7 lovely days at this smal island.
3 of us had purchased a dive package (3 dives x 5 days =15 dives each) and spent a lot of time with the dive masters. All three added "Advanced OW" to our PADI certificate. Big thanks to Jackie ( Hui Chen) for making the courses and dives a really nice experience.
When it comes to turtles and macro marine life, Pom Pom and the nearby dive sites are great!
The hole team at Pom Pom Island Resort was as friendly and helpfull as they possibly could be.

The Water Villa, beach and restaurant all did fullfill pur expectations and made the time beween the dives to be releaxing and pleasent.

So, in short, the only thing we missed was the large fishes during the dives!

Thanks for a lovely stay!

  • Stayed: July 2011
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3  Thank bje-wap
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Reviewed July 31, 2011

I started to book my dive trip for Sipadan island about 45 days ago. Quite depressing to find out that all the resorts carrying Sipadan dive permits were booked up. I found Pom Pom from tripadviser because it's listed on the top of the region. I decided to give a try. I was there for my dive trip the end of July. And I found I probably was the only person who when there alone. The resort is located on a small island. It takes you 15 minutes to complete a jogging on the island. You can image how big the island is. The first impression is "breath taking" like a paradise. I booked a beach villa. The room is spacious, airy and clean, with A/C. There is hardly cell phone signals on the island (at the jetty one or maximum two bars). No TV in the room. Wireless internet is awfully slow at the dining area. If you plan to do some work on the island like I planned, it's definately not a good idea. Being seperated did give me a big scare at the beginning. But once I settled in, I started to enjoy the peaceful beach and Sun. Staff from the resort are very friendly. Dive masters are funny, friendly and attendive. The dive sites were a bit disappointing, as the corals around the island are dead, probably need another few decades to turn alive. But, hey, there are big sea turtles, cocorful fish (a lot of Nemos), what else I would complain about? I would say, it's a beautiful place, particularly for honeymooners. Diving is OK if you only want to gain diving experience. If you expect to explore more of the underwater, you may want to choose other resorts.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

We have a wonderful vacation in Malaysia, especially in PomPom Island. Even my
> mum who can't swim, she enjoyed staying in the island. Although it was not so
> long stay , she claimed that it was the most fantastic trip she had ever been.
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> We all enjoyed the snorkeling and swimming in such a wonderful beach. Staying in
> the water villa let us relax and seethe natural wildlife. We could see the
> beautiful sunset and the full moon. We could see the clear blue sky which is
> difficult to be seen in H.K as most of us living in tall and small residential
> buildings. It was so nice and peaceful.
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> We all think that we are lucky to experience all the "first time" . The first
> time to see the birth of sea turtles, the first time to see the mother sea
> turtle laying eggs in front of my mum' s villa. Thanks my little girl's
> insistance to have a night adventure on the beach on 16/7. She insisted to look
> for sea turtle's laying eggs, all of us laughed and just had a walk with her. To
> our surprise, we really found it , it was so amazing and exciting at that
> moment.
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> For us, the most exciting part during the stay was to swim with the sea turtles.
> My kids and I were so excited when seeing the sea turtles. I followed the turtle
> for a long way and finally exhausted. My son also enjoyed playing the snooker
> and cycling around the island.
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> Thanks all of your friendly reception and we all have unforgettable memories in
> PomPom. I recommend the island to my colleagues and friends as a good vacation
> venue. We hope we can visit the Island again in the near future and looking forward the good news from the turtle nest.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

Pom Pom Island is everything you wish for. The most perfect tropical island, incredible accomodation with amazing snorkeling and diving spots in the direct vicinity. The hotel itself, the surroundings and the staff of both the diving centre and the hotel are absolutely outstanding.
Pom Pom is a perfect spot to learn to dive with a lot of fish and very professional and nice staff! You get all the attention you need, we had one-on-one lessons and the area is very diverse with sea-life. The teachers are very friendly, fun, calm and knowledgeble, just what you need for your first diving experiences (we think)
Besides the diving and snorkeling, Pom Pom is so nice, beautiful and quiet; so it is perfect to relax. The very friendly staff (every single one of them; from waiters to the manager) makes you feel at home and try their very best to accomodate you just as you want. While we were there, there were only two other couples, which was very fine with us. The food was varied and from all around the world. There was always plenty to choose from and the quality was excellent, just as you expect from such a place. Breakfast, lunch and diner are all very well.
A week we will never forget thanks to the beautiful nature both above and under water and thanks to the fantastic staff there. We cannot emphasize enough how much we recommend this place. If you are coming to the Islands near to Sipadan and you are just as much into relaxing and enjoying the nature as into diving (and you enjoy luxury and being completely pampered) go here!! If we have the possibility, we would certainly go here again, hopefully for even more then the 5 nights we stayed last time because we didn't want to leave! Absolutely fantastic.
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Room Tip: Stay in one of the 5 water villas. Situated on poles, with enourmous terraces, overlooking the ocean...
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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Kees_iggy
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

We stayed for 4 days and 3 nights. It was paradise. Crystal clear water, great room, private beach, absolutely privacy. Very helpful staff! At the end of the trip we met the owner of the island, who helped us with our luggage. Incredible!

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 6, 2011

It's a stunning place that you cannot find anywhere. When we first arrived, we were surprised by the blue blue sky and the crystal clear water. You can see all different that make you feel like home! They are very warm, friendly and helpful.their smile is unforgettable!
We have booked a water villa. We could walk into the sea directly from our balcony. The excellent sea view from room and bathroom make you carefree and relax!
Whenever we walked along the jetty back to our room, we looked own in the sea. It's so amazing that we could find different kind of peices in the sea from the jetty. We saw stingray, sea turtle, lion fish, etc.
We were so lucky that we could see the baby sea turtle born and release them to the sea with the staff.
At night, we had turtle patrol with the staff to see if there was any turtle would lay eggs.
It's the best place ever and I really didn't wanna leave. We will definitely go there again!
We love pom pom!

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Address: A-2-1 Jalan Karamunsing | Lorong Kapital, Block A, 2nd Floor, Pulau Sipadan 88000, Malaysia
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Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Pulau Sipadan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Pulau Sipadan
Price Range: $352 - $519 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pom Pom Island Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful peaceful, paradise island resort with PADI Dive Centre, dive packages available with luxury accommodation. Enjoy diving the 6 nearby islands surrounding Pom Pom Island, amazing macro plus beautiful coral fish and turtles. Resort has range of luxury detached beach and water villas constructed for every comfort. Packages include 3 meals per day plus snacks, juices, coffee and tea, etc in our famous traditional Malaysian restaurant. ... more   less 
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