After enjoying the forest we headed for PomPom Island. Having traveled from Lahad Datu we traveled independently to the jetty. The departure was slightly delayed due to the passenger arriving from the airport. PomPom has wireless available at the jetty , so we were not too hassled with what turned out to be a short delay.
They are very organized on arrival – arrival drink , check in and briefing from the dive centre and spa. The beach cottages are great – you relax immediately! We stayed for 4 nights!
We snorkeled every day and enjoyed each outing. Never thought I would see so many turtles. The Dive Centre is friendly and professional and added to the enjoyment of the stay significantly.
Despite a resort feeling – you have enough space to relax and enjoy the beauty of the island.
Services were very good – rooms were always cleaned on time and restaurant staff attentive.
As a vegetarian, on arrival, I had asked to speak to the manager overseeing the restaurant and was assured it would be no problem to provide vegetarian food. Most guests to this resort are Chinese, so the food is Chinese. The resort's concept of vegetarian food is to make soya taste like meat using much soya source. Despite being specific that this is exactly what I did not want – the kitchen could not produce anything else. So if you like fresh food and vegetables and do not want to eat food to mimic meat – suggest you include a list of what you do not want included in the meals on arrival and have a longer discussion with the manager. The breads are freshly made as are the pastries – great.Each meal has fruit and a small salad selection. So you could survive on that.
The transfer to the airport was very professional and smooth. We were concerned we would be late – but the airport itself does not seem to open the gates much before an hour before departure times.
We loved our stay here and enjoyed the peaceful way the resort was organized and managed. Staff across the board were extremely friendly.
The dive centre takes an active roles in turtle conservation - which means we were able to see 2 new sets being released - which was an unexpected pleasure. Thank-you!
I would just suggest that the resort broadens their ability in the kitchen to provide fuller vegetarian options, other than traditional Chinese meat soya.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sipadan Pom Pom Hotel Pulau Sipadan