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Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours
Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort - Amazing Borneo Tours


The Reef Dive Resort at Mataking Island is an exclusive romantic & diving destination in the Celebes Sea, located just 40 minutes away by boat from Semporna, East Coast of Sabah in Malaysia. It is a promised island with majestic treasures, natural warmth and friendship for holiday makers, spa lovers, honeymooners and divers alike. Whether it is a retreat for yourself or exciting undersea exploration, you'll find Mataking the perfect choice.

The resort is caressed by the tropical sea breeze. The executive chalets and deluxe rooms (5 Beach Villas, 8 Executive King Chalets, 24 Premier deluxe rooms) designed in traditional architecture offering simply elegant and exquisite accommodation for up to 70 guests in a serene and cozy environment. Enjoy Malaysian and international cuisine with an enticing spread of fresh local sea food or relish the weekend barbecued favorites at the sea facing restaurant. 


  • Garden View Deluxe

Situated at the center of the island in an exotic garden, these handcrafted lodges are the perfect choice for those guests who appreciate traditional Malaysian charm. Your own private sundeck allows you to have a wonderful place to seek the shelter from the direct Malay sunshine, most of which are still in sight of the lagoon.

Bedrooms here are designed for your individual comfort and little place of solitude with cool tiled flooring and traditional accoutrements. Each Deluxe comes with air-conditioning that allows you to sit in comfort of your very own satellite television, and whilst there, why not take advantage of your own mini bar?

Outdoor Sundeck = 8m²
Bedroom = 26m²
Bathroom = 6m²
otal indoor = 32m²
Twin/ King Size beds

  •  King Chalets

The word “Mataking” literally translated means, “The Eye of Kings”, and if you are staying in one of these limited edition chalets then you will know exactly what we mean. Rising up from the beach front of the lagoon, the balcony of your chalet gives you a front row seat as the sun settles over the nearby islands in the evening, turning the entire lagoon to a bright orange colour.

Each King Chalet naturally has a bedroom which is simply oversized and luxurious. The large queen bed overlooking your private balcony with satellite television and mini bar will allow you to relax to the max! Each bathroom comes with a private bathtub overlooking the lagoon and a large walk-in shower.

Exclusive to Mataking you will simply feel like royalty as a resident in a Mataking King!

Outdoor Sundeck = 12m²
Bedroom = 27m²
Bathroom = 10m²
Total indoor = 37m²
Twin/ King Size beds

  • Beach Chalets

Scattered along the eastern shore of our paradise island are our eight newly built Beach Chalets has just been completed, offering unparalleled sea views and a front seat to sunrise over the Alice Channel of the Celebes Sea.

Positioned away from the resort’s public areas, the Beach Chalets offer a calm and tranquil atmosphere for guests who truly want to get away from it all.

The resort also offer four Semidetached Beach Chalets with interconnecting doors to accommodate families or groups, which are located next to the sea turtle hatchery.

Simply lie in bed to watch the sunrise or head down to the beach to dip your feet in the warm , blue waters.

The Beach Chalets offer full modern facilities in a large bathroom with toilet, double sinks and a drenching rain like shower, but you will be blown away by the private heated Jacuzzi with skylight, allowing you to melt away any stress in the gentle whirlpool whilst looking at the stars. It really is Serenity itself.

  •  Luxury Beach Villas

The Beach Villas are the absolute ultimate in premier accommodation in Malaysia.

An enclosed front patio with a private gazebo and dining area, with sea view and direct access to a sundeck and beach nearby, a large day bed for reading or just relaxing, and two comfortable sun beds and umbrella, provide both comfort and privacy.

The large bedroom with marble flooring retains an element of grandeur, opening on both the front patio and the Jacuzzi garden at the back. The bathroom with its individual stone wash basins and double shower (inside and outside) demonstrate an element of home-grown luxury. The Jacuzzi garden with jungle backdrop at the rear add the finishing touches to this unique piece of local craftwork.

Outdoor frontage including Veranda = 80m²
Jacuzzi Garden = 6m²
Bedroom = 28m²
Bathroom = 16m²
Total indoor = 44m²
Twin/ King Size beds


  • Twin / King Sized Beds
  • Corner sofa settees + Vanity table & chair + wooden wardrobe
  • Bed head Decoration (Available for Villa & Premier Deluxe Room Only)
  • Bed Cushion + Bed Runner + Mesh Slipper (Available for Villa & Chalet Room Only)
  • Remote controlled air-conditioner + Ceiling Fan
  • Coffee / Tea making facilities
  • Mini Bar / Astro (Satellite TV)
  • Private shower bathroom with hot/cold showers
  • Provision of toiletries (shampoo + soap only)
  • Dental Kit + Cotton Bud + Comb + Shower Cap
  • Room Towels / Hair Dryer
  • Private Sundeck with garden chair (Garden View)
  • Sea View Bathroom Private Bathtub (Available for Chalet Room Only)
  • In-room safe (Available for Villa & Chalet Room Only)
  • Quilt Cover + Mosquito Netting (Available for Chalet Double Room Only)
  • Daily Housekeeping + Wake Up Call
  • Electricity / Power Point (220-240 volts)
  • Daily Housekeeping + Wake Up Call
  • Complimentary 500ml Drinking Water per guest (arrival day only)
  • In-House Intercom System (To reception / IDD calls connection)


The standard check in-time is 14:00 Hrs and check out time is 11:000 Hrs.  Early check-in and late check-out is subject to room availability, especially during Peak Season. 


  • Jamu Spa & Jacuzzi
  • 20m King’s Watchtower
  • Simply 'Enak' Restaurant
  • Coral Bar
  • Gekko Lounge Bar
  • Crown's Conference Hall
  • Nemo Business Centre
  • Mailing Service
  • Wireless Broadband & Internet Connection (minimal charges, available at restaurant & reception only)
  • Island Shop
  • Island Sound Studio
  • Island Underwater Imaging
  • Exotic Garden
  • PADI 5 Star Dive Centre & Sea Sports Centre
  • Beach Volley Ball & Beach Soccer
  • Activity Desk
  • Safekeeping Service
  • Telephone & Fax
  • Satellite TV
  • First Aid & Emergency Kit

About MATAKING Island

There are various sea animals and fishes living in these areas which include schools of Barracuda, Trevally, Spanish Mackerel, Ribbon Eel, Giant Clams, varieties of Goby, Eagle Ray, Giant Frogfish,Mandarin Fishes, unique and charming species of Shrimps, most photogenic and rare pygmy seahorses,spiders and much more.

Notes: Mataking Resort will be undergoing a series of construction and renovation of new rooms and facilities up to year 2020. Therefore, guests may be distrubed by some intermitten noise in day-time, and the contractors will minimize the noise disturbance to the utmost. Thank you for your understanding and apology for any inconvenience caused.


  • All dives sites are within traveling distance (speedboat ride) of 5-10 minutes / 15-30 minutes of speedboat away from Mataking for a single dive. 
  • 3 boat dive combinations per day at Mataking, Mataking Kecil, and the neighboring islands mentioned above with provision of diving weights, weight belt, tanks and dive guide. (Unused portion of the dives is not refundable and not transferable).
  • Unlimited shore buddy dives at mataking house reef without dive guide.
  • Night dives are shore dives from the Dive Centre platform and to be conducted. Please enquire for schedule. Divers who wish to night dive must show proof of minimum certification of Advance Open Water in the forms of certification cards and/or log books documenting such dives.
  • Dive packages are subjected to the diving schedules and regulations as set by the dive centre.
  • Equipment rental is NOT included in any of our Resorter / Diver Packages.
  • Please note: Rental of One Full set of Dive Equipment is MYR 85 per day and one set Snorkeling Equipment is MYR 30 per day. Limited sets and subject to availability. It is advisable to reserve in advance.
  • Normal Resorter packages CANNOT be converted to Dive package once the guest has arrived at our resort. Resorter with certified dive license who wish to go diving at Mataking Island will be charged at MYR 100 per certified diver regardless of check dive, boat dives, shore dives or Sipadan dives. This is NOT including dive equipment rental.


  • Orientation shall be considered as 1 boat dive.
  • Boat Snorkel is subjected to boat availability.
  • Boat dive, boat snorkel and house reef dive DO NOT include rental of gears.
  • Prices are subjected to change from time to time.


Sport Activities

  • Climb up watch tower for day & night scene lookout (sunset & sunrise)
  • Stroll across to Mataking Kecil at low tide
  • Peacock sanctuary visit
  • Beach friendly Matches (Volleyball / Soccer).
  • Children playground
  • Treasure hunt/Tele-match game arrangement
  • Coconut bowling completion
  • Jogging round the island
  • Fishing trip at additional charge
  • Kelapuan Island Fishing Village Trip at additional charge
  • Sipadan/Mabul Excursion at additional charge
  • Island Hopping / Snorkeling Safaris at additional charge
  • Hiking trip to Pulau Bohey Dulang at additional charge
  • Speedboat Tour of Mataking region at additional charge
  • Discover Scuba at additional charge
  • Ocean Kayaking at additional charge
  • Beach Snorkeling with guide at additional charge


  • Handicraft Lessons (bracelets, etc)
  • Learn the crafts of making ketupat
  • Batik & T-shirt Painting
  • Cooking Lessons at additional charge
  • Batik Painting/ T-shirt painting
  • Henna Tattoo

Gekko Bar

  • Karaoke / TV usage is provided for all in-house guests with the condition that they Purchase drinks from Gekko bar.
  • Satelite TV
  • Pool table at additional charge


  • Exotic Spa Retreat Packages at additional charge
  • Beachfront Jacuzzi (Complimentary)

Evening Programme

  • Entertainment Singing / Dancing / Disco Programme @ Cultural Staffs performance.
    • Only available during special occasion / festive season
  • Bon Fire BBQ at additional charge
    • Special Food kinds request and pricing to be discussed and order at least 1 week in advance.
    • Upon Special Request with a minimum group of 10.
    • Subject to extra charges.
  • Private Dining (Special candle light dinner arrangement) at additional charge
    • Three days advance booking is required which include selected set menu with special singers' and staffs' service.
    • Please make prior arrangements for all the above activities with Resort Office / Island Activities Coordinator.
    • Subject to guide availability / time / weather conditions and season.

Take a short 45 minutes Malaysia Airlines domestic flight from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau then you will be met and transferred to Semporna Jetty (Harbor) by scheduled land transfer vehicle (appro. 1-hour drive) and finally, you will be transferred to Mataking Resort by scheduled speedboat (appro. 40 minutes boat ride).

For more information, refer to "Suggested Flight Information" below, and "Land & Boat Transfer" above.

The information below acts as a guideline & subject to change without prior notice.

Arrival Flight Information

BKI/TWU MH2121 0740 hrs 0825 hrs 1200 hrs
BKI/TWU MH3093(Via SDK) 0745 hrs 0935 hrs 1200 hrs
KUL/TWU AK5744 0705 hrs 0950 hrs 1200 hrs
BKI/TWU AK6260 0905 hrs 0955 hrs 1200 hrs
BKI/TWU MH3051 0850 hrs 1000 hrs 1200 hrs
KUL/TWU MH2660 0725 hrs 1015 hrs 1200 hrs
KUL/TWU AK5746 1040 hrs 1335 hrs 1630 hrs
BKI/TWU MH2137 1310 hrs 1355 hrs 1630 hrs

MH- Malaysia Airlines     AK- AirAsia


  • Guests are recommended to follow the above flights which are connected to the SCHEDULED BOAT DEPARTURE TIME to minimize waiting time at airport / Semporna. Choose those flights that arrive before 1500 hrs to catch the last boat from Semporna Jetty to Island.
  • If you cannot make it for the last boat schedule on 1630 hrs due to any delay or unforseen circumstances, you will need to put a night in Tawau. Hotels can be arranged upon request. A transfer from airport to Herritage Hotel in Tawau will be provided if you reached Tawau after 1500 hrs. A scheduled 0730 hrs land transfer from Herritage Hotel to Semporna Jetty will be arranged for you and follow 0930 hrs boat into Mataking Island (not stated in the table above)


  • We only provide Airport Transfer for you if you wish to arrive ONE DAY earlier from actual check-in date to Mataking Reef Dive Resort (strictly only for flights arriving before 1500 hrs).


Departure Flight Information






TWU/BKI AK6263 1505 hrs 1555 hrs 1100 hrs
TWU/KUL AK5749 1540 hrs 1825 hrs 1100 hrs
TWU/KUL AK6267 1710 hrs 1800 hrs 1100 hrs
TWU/BKI MH3094 (Via SDK) 1710 hrs 1905 hrs 1100 hrs
TWU/BKI MH2134 1825 hrs 1915 hrs 1400 hrs
TWU/BKI AK6265 2145 hrs 2235 hrs 1400 hrs
TWU/KUL AK5741 1855 hrs 2140 hrs 1400 hrs

MH- Malaysia Airlines     AK- AirAsia


  • All land & boat transfers are on a sharing basis. Private charters can be arranged upon request.
  • For departure flights that unable to meet our daily boat schedule, a special boat out transfer at 0630 hrs can be arranged at no additional cost (subject to availability and weather condition)
  • Unscheduled boat transfer to and from the resort can be arranged with additional surcharge(s) but subject to weather conditions.
  • Whenever necessary, the resort management reserved the right to change the boat schedule at any time. Therefore please always double check with the resort management for your boat & flight information.
  • All reservation MUST provide the following information: Name as per passport, Passport Number, Nationality, Gender & Flight details
  • Failure to provide flight details 7 days before arrival may incur fines by the resort due to last minute arrangement.
  • Package Excludes: Diving equipments & gears, alcoholic drinks, laundry, room service, airfares and item not mentioned or specified in the packages
  • After commencement of service, no refund, in part or full, will be given for services included in the package which have not been utilized
  • Weather conditions: We cannot predict the weather conditions these days for scuba diving even for the best season
  • All types of activities being offered by the company on the island especially dive activities are subjects to bad sea, weather conditions / poor visibility and also divers’ own physical abilities (eg. Injuries, intoxification, hangover, etc). Therefore, the dive centre reserves the final decision and rights to either proceed or abort any activities / dives for any safety reasonss.

FLYING AFTER DIVING (Last Day At The Resort)

  • Staying at ground level before going to altitude is like doing a decompression stop. Deeper and longer dives will leave with more residual nitrogen, thus requiring a longer pre-flight surface interval. The time the diver should wait relates directly to the pattern of diving completed.
  • We recommend a general practice of allowing a surface interval of 24 hours or more before flying after diving. This should bring reasonable peace of mind and help to provide a buffer for unexpected problems, like a loss of cabin pressurization during flight. Ultimately, it is better safe than sorry and almost every location has enough to entertain for the final day.

Sabah Parks Announcement

Effective in 2020 onwards, Sabah Parks has announced that Sipadan Island will be CLOSED for any activities including Diving and Snorkeling during the month of November every year (1-30 November).  The purpose of this one month closure is to give a “RECUPERATION PERIOD” to the marine environment in Sipadan Island.  During this closure period, Divers and Snorkelers will be brought to other islands of Tun Sakaran Marine park for their activities.


  • 0700 hrs: Breakfst at Restaurant
  • 0730 hrs: Boat transfer to Sipadan Island
  • 0900 hrs: Expected arrival at Sipadan Isand and report to Sabah Parks. 1st dive / boat snorkelling is conducted
  • 1100 hrs: 2nd dive / boat snorkelling is conducted
  • 1200 hrs: Lunch (Packed from resort)
  • 1330 hrs: 3rd dive / boat snorkelling
  • 1500 hrs: Boat transfer back to Mataking Resort
  • 1630 hrs: Expected arrival back to Mataking Resort


  • You need to book this trip in advance (1 month in advance) in order to secure the daily Sipadan Government Entry Permit / allocation Sipandan entry permit (7 permits per day, first come first serve basis)
  • The resorts determines the right to decide the date for the Sipadan trip during the duration stay of the guests.
  • Once the Sipadan Trip is confirmed by the resort, you need to pay for the charges (as stated in the OPTIONAL ADD ON(S)) and the charges can be made upon check out at the resort, unless the resort have other replacement for your permit and boat space or under special circumstances.
  • In the event of bad weather and the trip has to be cancelled or if the guest cancels on personal reasons, permit paid of MYR 140 per person is NOT refundable or transferable to a later date.

Due to the restricted Sipadan entry permit quota set by Sabah Parks, guests are required to summit Full Names with Nationality, Gender, Passport Numbers and contact address for us to proceed with the permits application at least 14 days in advance prior to arrival in order to allow sufficient time to process and obtain the permit approval. Failure to do this can result in Guest being denied entry to Sipadan Island. 

  • Tipping is like giving a hug. Although it’s never expected, it’s always very much appreciated.
  • No diving on arrival and departure day even no flying.
  • Boat journey to the Island may not be suitable for individuals who have any of the following conditions but not limited to: heart or lung conditions, recent surgery, back or spinal surgery, back problems/injury/fracture, arthritis, osteoporosis or other similar spinal/pelvic diseases. Pregnant women are also not recommended as the boat ride may be bumpy depending on the sea condition. If you are having similar issues as above, kindly consult your physician before you enrol in this activity.
  • We shall NOT be held responsible and reserve the rights to charge the customer for any additional costs rendered by any last minute cancellations, delays and changes of any arrangement made by customer. 
  • We recommend you to follow the recommended flights stated in "Suggested Flight Information" dropdown bar in order to connect to the daily normal boat transfer in and out from the island to minimize the waiting time.
  • All types of activities being offerd by the company on the island especially dive activites are subject to bad sea & weather condition / poor visibility and also diers' own physical abilities (e.g. injuries, intoxification, hangovers, etc.). Therefore, we reserve the final decision and rights to either proceed or abort any activities / divers for any safety reasons.
  • Flying after diving (last day at resort) - Divers are required to have 24 hours of surface interval before then fly. However, we believes that this differ from different individuals, agencies and even dive computer / dive tables. If divers choose to dive less than 24 hours (recommended hours) before fly, you will be required to sign a separate Liability / Release Form for this matter. However, this is still subjects to approval of the Dive Center management from the Resort.
  • Unused portion of the packages cannot be refunded or discounted from the rates mentioned above.

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