The Island Diving & Marine Life
Accommodations Getting There
Mataking Island is a honeymooners
paradise located right on the Malaysian Philippine border. Mataking is a
picture-perfect deserted island scenario with white-sand beaches that stretch
the full length of the island, palm tress that house coconut crabs, and dive
sites that will suite both macro and pelagic lovers alike.
Mataking is in fact two islands connected by a sandbar. The main island is
three times the size of Sipadan and is privately owned. Apart from the resort
and a small police station the islands are covered in natural jungle. From
Mataking you can enjoy convenient, hassle-free and diverse macro-diving as
well as the daytrips to Sipadan 80 minutes by speedboat.
Green and Hawksbill turtles frequently come up to lay their eggs in the sands.
During the day, bask on the snow white sandy beach and take a romantic stroll
over the sandbar to the smaller Mataking Kecil to explore the pristine jungle
covered island. You can also explore this island and nearby area by sea kayak
and later and relax in the big jacuzzi. Then there is the sight of Coconut
Crabs scurrying up the coconut trees like spiders.
There is also a watch tower which gives you a commanding view of the northern
part of the island and Mataking Kecil. Here is also where you can see how far
the sandy delta extends out. Breath-taking!
Dives & Marine Life
Both islands are surrounded by a large, very long coral reef that slopes from
knee deep to about 80m. Groupers and large trevallys, schools of barracudas
and lots of spotted rays can be seen at the various dive sites around here.
lies in the Alice channel, which is a 100m deep channel that connects Mataking
to the world famous Sipadan Island. Thus on the North side of Mataking divers
are treated to vertical wall dives with some very strong (washing machine)
currents! Here the water is usually crystal clear and due to the strong
currents many large pelagics are attracted including grey reef sharks,
hammerheads, manta rays, and eagle rays! If you're very lucky you may also see
the awe-inspiring whale shark (the best time is between April-June).
On the south side of the island are dive sites such as the House Reef, The
Shipwreck, and Sweetlips Avenue. These dive sites are a haven for macro life!
Frog Fish, Octopus, Lion Fish, Stone Fish and Ribbon eels are seen on most
dives! The ship wreck also attacks giant moray eels and stingrays!
The resort has daily three-tank dive
boat trips to Mataking, Mataking Kecil, Pandanan and Bohayan, all between 5
and 20 minutes ride away. There are also twice weekly three-dive trips to
Sipadan Island, 80 minutes away.
Mataking Reef Dive Resort provides the only accommodations on the island. Well
away from the more crowded resorts on Mabul, with deluxe rooms and
executive-style chalets, and an excellent spa with complimentary jacuzzi.
There are eight high quality King-size double and Queen-size twin executive
chalets, raised on stilts on the beachfront or slightly set back from the
beach. The chalet bathrooms and balconies all have seaviews. There are also 24
double or twin deluxe rooms with seaview terraces.
From Kota Kinabalu (KK) is a 45 minute connecting flight directly to the small
coastal town of Tawau. From Tawau you can continue your trip by car or bus to
Semporna (90 minutes). The island is 40 minute by boat northeast of Semporna.
Mataking ~ Dive Sites
Popular Dive Sites: House Reef - North Point - Coral
Garden - The House Reef - The Wreck