Mataking Island - The Reef Dive Resort


REGION: Tawau / Mataking Island
DURATION: From 3 Days 2 Nights
AVAILABILITY: Pre-Book Required
PICK UP POINT: Your Hotel in Tawau City / Tawau Airport
PICK UP TIME: Depends on Which Boat Schedule Selected
DROP OFF POINT: Your Hotel in Tawau City / Tawau Airport
DROP OFF TIME: Depends on Which Boat Schedule Selected
* All timings are estimated and for reference purposes only. Actual timing will be provided prior to your departure.


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. Mataking Island offers you the opportunity to obtain a Sipadan diving permit, allowing you to enjoy the best of both diving worlds. You can experience the big fishes and pelagics of Sipadan, as well as the underwater macro marine life and muck diving of Mabul. 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 1400 hours and check out time is 1200 hours.  Early check-in and late check-out is subject to room availability, especially during Peak Season. The resort 150-member staff awaits to make your dive holiday safe, easy and fun.


  • 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


  • 3 boat dive combinations per day at Mataking, Mataking Kecil, and the neighboring islands with provision of diving weights, weight belt, tanks and dive guide. (Unused portion of the dives is not refundable and not transferable).
  • Unlimited house reef diving at Mataking.
  • Boat dive Schedule: First boat dive 08:30/ Second boat dive 11:00/ Third boat dive 15:00.
  • Morning shore dive begins at 06:00 (require to exit the water by 07:00) and Sunset shore dive begins at 17:00.
  • Night dives are shore dives from the Dive centre platform and to be conducted from 19:00 to 21:00.
  • 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.

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.

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.
  • If the room consists of only one adult and one child, the room charges shall be based on 2 adults price.
  • No combination of package is allowed (e.g. 02 nights of dive package plus 01 night of non-dive packages). 
  • 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.