Pom Pom Island Resort – Malaysia

Pom Pom Island Malaysia

Sharing a remote coral island with only one other hotel, the Pom Pom Island Resort offers 30 overwater bungalows in addition to beach villas and garden villas. This resort and the entire area seems to be focused on scuba diving, so it could be a great choice for those looking for a great diving holiday.

The water villas, as they are called here, stand over a hospitable part of the sea, which is ideal for snorkeling and swimming, so you can enter the water directly from the large rooms. There isn’t a long list of extra activities available, but the main restaurant and lounge are popular places to spend time between diving or snorkeling trips.


Pom Pom Island is about 25 kilometers northeast of the town of Semporna, off the coast of the Malaysian section of Borneo Island.


30 Water villas

  • Beds: 1 queensize
  • Wi-Fi: No (free Wi-Fi in restaurant)
  • Entertainment system: None
  • Room service: No

Special room features

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fans
  • Hot showers
  • Hair dryer
  • Beach towels
  • Complimentary coffee and tea
  • Two sun beds


  • Low season online specials from US$244 per night
  • High season online specials from US$244 per night

Book or get more information on the official Pom Pom Island Resort website.

Restaurants and bars

  • Main Restaurant
  • Main Bar

Resort features

  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayak rental
  • Beach volleyball
  • Beach football
  • Bicycling/Running
  • Sandy beach
  • Lounge
  • Game room
  • Computer


Spa room will open in 2011 to offer massages etc.

Nearby activities

  • Scuba diving

What the reviews say

Reviews for the Pom Pom Island resort are generally very good, although not all of them. Most people describe the resort as heavenly and the diving as fantastic. The rooms are large and the food and service get high marks from most people, but there do seem to be a number of disgruntled guests who don’t feel the place offers good value. Some report that they had to pay separately for snorkel gear, which may or may not be a concern to you.

They have no TVs or Wi-Fi in the rooms, and people who know that going in do seem to be satisfied and complimentary.

Getting there

To reach the Pom Pom Island Resort you’ll have to fly to Koto Kinabalu in Malaysia. From there you can arrange ground transportation to the town of Semporana, and then a 45-minute ferry to Pom Pom Island from there.

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