We came here on the suggestion of a Dive Master we met on the sea dragon liveaboard in Thailand .
I spoke to one of the owners Guido who sorted our booking out and gave us the low down on Pom Pom Island. We booked an Air Asia flight to Tawau where we were met by Lynden, Celebes driver, and more in a brand new mini bus we were transferred to a hotel in Semporna and taken for dinner by Guido. The next morning we were again collected by Guido and Lynden who drove us to the jetty were the resorts speedboat was waiting. After a 45 min journey we arrived on Pom Pom a tiny lil island amongst many others in this area of which only 3 have resorts it was simply as you would expect on a picture postcard white sand turquoise sea n palms.
This is NOT a 5 star luxury resort rather a real dive resort with good facilities and lmitless diving available all included in your price 3 boat dive each day and as many shore dives as your dive computer allows you
All the rooms are really lovelly, spacious, comfy with lovely beds, high level of cleanliness, AC and hot showers n 24hr electrity. There is a super helpful and lovely housekeeping staff of EnEn, MiMi, Roseta, Sars, and Asoy always on hand to keep you in drinks food and anything you need
I decided to do my rescue diver course which in truth was mere pennies more than my stay alone would have been!!!!
I could not have asked for better, my instructor Nural was an absolute gem a fantastic teacher, and someone with a genuine love of diving, her job, and perhaps most of all teaching; my course passed like it was hours not days
So much so that we both decided to stay and do our DiveMaster from the bottom of my heart it was the BEST bit of the whole trip 3 weeks of hard work that felt like 3 weeks of fun with good friends - and I can guarantee if youre keen to learn and wanna do this Nural will teach you far beyond the content of the manuals, she is an endles source of information and help and if she cant answer a Q she will research or talk to her connections and find out for you. Nothing was too much trouble and we learnt the course n twice as much besides be it boat and sea knowledge photography advice local knowledge you name it we covered it .
Stayed over 5 weeks and made a friend from our tutor, gained a Pro qualification, had amazing dives, a beach paradise and total peace and quiet when you wanted it be warned tho this really is a desert island NO shops bars clubs or spa its the simple life just sea sun amazing diving and good good people
A special thanks again to Nural , tutor,mentor font of marine knowledge and now I think safe to say good friend
Mark and Fi
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Celebes Beach Resort is a new secluded two stars resort located in the Celebes Sea. The resort is based on Pom Pom Island where the peaceful white sandy beaches seem endless and the waters are a perfect turquoise blue.Whether you are interested in an idyllic beach holiday or experiencing a new quality of diving. Celebes Beach Resort has it all. ... more less