Pom Pom Island is a small coral reef island in the Celebes Sea approximately 30 km North East of Semporna town, Sabah, East Malaysia. The island is 2.3 km in circumference at the high tide line with a fringing coral reef 4 km long. The island has a white sand coral beach and is a significant nesting location site for Green and Hawksbill turtles. The island has no village, minimal human impact, no pollution and is one of the popular dive destinations in the Semporna district
Best time to visit
The best time to visit depends on the purpose of the trip. If you are looking for experiences you cannot get in other places, choose to visit the island between the months of May and August. This is the time when the sea turtles nest on the island. It is an amazing view to see how the little baby sea turtles get out from their shells. It offers a wonderful sensation and an image that you won’t be able to forget soon.
If you are not from Borneo, you have to take direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau International Airport. Daily flight operates by Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia. Once you arrive at the airport, take the public transport to Semporna Jetty for about 40 minutes of journey.
There is no public transport to the island. The resort will arrange the boat trips from the Jetty to the island. The journey will take around 40-60 minutes.
If you are not from Borneo, it is advised that you don’t have to rent a car as it is only wasting your money. Taking a cab is more suitable if you would like to spend your time on the island.