Location: Pulau Pom Pom, Sabah
Camera: Canon G10 + Canon Casing
Strobe: Fantasea Single Nano Strobe Set
Post editing: PS CS3
No. of dives: 13
<- that's me with a giant frogfish !
Pom Pom Island is around 45 minutes by boat from Semporna; it has rich tropical vegetation and is surrounded by absolutely stunning white sand and the turquoise waters of the Celebes Sea.
It is on part of this beautiful island that "Pom Pom Island Resort" finds it home.
Pom Pom Island Resort is a new and exclusive resort located on Celebes Sea (Latitude 04˚36' , Longitude 118˚52')
whip coral shrimp
My reason to go there:
I miss diving a lot, haven't been diving for > 1 year .... and would love to dive this region of Pom Pom, Mataking, Timba-timba, Pandanan, Bohe Dulang, etc
needle cuttlefish/sepia aculeata
- Visibility was really good ranging from 15m to 25m, depending of the dive sites
- Loads of frogfish and loads of unusual nudibranches(which is my FAV !!!)
- Coral reefs have been badly bombed, it is a shame. However there are a few dive sites with some corals.
- But these dead corals are perfect hiding place for a wide array of cools stuffs, frogfish, needle cuttlefish, stonefish, scorpionfish, mandarin fish, nudibranches, etc
- The dive operator was nice, I enjoy diving with them
- Very happy to see some new nudibranches like ..marionia sp., discodoris boholiensis, dolabella auricularia, pleurobranchus forskalii, phidiana indica
- Extremely happy to see many frogfishes and swim with 2
- Water temperature 26-27c, with my hood on, no prob.
- Great dive gang, although they were all strangers to me
- I wish I had more time at Mataking Jetty
- I wish I could see that really cool nudibranch(notodoris serenae) Zul saw during the morning house reef dive, and also that ceratosoma, and the 3 nembrothas he saw(milleri, cristata & kurbayana)
- Special thanks to Kit Choong for arranging this trip for us ....
rock shrimp/leander plumosus
2 whip coral gobies
2 cleaner wrasse cleaning a batfish
An emperor shrimp hiding at the bottom of a leopard sea cucumber
starfish on feather star
coriocella nigra - a snail
a free swimming giant frog fish ... it is rare to see them swim
red giant frogfish clinging on to red sponges
octopus hunting at night
A harlequin crab at the belly of a leopard seacucumber
a juvenile lobster
whip coral shrimp
2 juvenile stone fishes
2 discodoris boholiensis