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Location: Sabah, Borneo
Price: From MYR 1,805.00
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In the shallows of Kalapuan the life is as impressive as in the deep, and at Mataking itself divers can also get a mix of wall and slope diving, providing a one-stop spot for pelagic and macro action

Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Tawau (TWU) Malaysian Airlines MH 2121 0725 hrs 0815 hrs
Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Tawau (TWU) Air Asia AK 5744 0700 hrs 0950 hrs
Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Tawau (TWU) Air Asia AK 6260 0900 hrs 0950 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Malaysian Airlines MH 3094 1800 hrs 1950 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Malaysian Airlines MH 2665 1825 hrs 2110 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Air Asia AK 6267 1710 hrs 1800 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Air Asia AK 5741 1855 hrs 2140 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Air Asia AK 6265 2145 hrs 2235 hrs

Note Travelling from Kuala Lumpur requires a transit in KK, so it’s advised to stay 1 night in KK before flying the next morning on the flight details above.

Ex-Semporna Mataking Island lies in the Celebes Sea about 40 minutes east of Semporna on Sabah’s east coast. One resort, 2 islands, Mataking Island Resort is on Mataking Besar, or Big Mataking. Separated from the larger island by a sandbank, which is walkable during low tide, is Mataking Kecil (Small Mataking), a tiny, picturesque outcrop covered with jungle.

The island is, depending on the prevailing weather, 1 – 2 hours away from Sipadan, which makes it a bit of a distance if Sipadan is your goal, but bordering a marine park, Mataking holds its own when it comes to snorkeling and diving. On the path less trodden, Mataking offers something for holiday makers, spa lovers, divers and honeymooners alike in a peaceful, tranquil setting.

Mataking Island Resort Accommodation

Accommodation for up to 100 guests are styled according to traditional Sabah architecture, built in harmony with the environment and embodying the culture of Borneo. Comprising 5 Beach Villas, 8 Executive King Chalets, 24 Premier Deluxe Rooms and 12 Deluxe Rooms, Mataking Island Resort accommodation offers a tranquil setting for great getaway. The sea-facing restaurant offers Malaysian and international cuisine, with BBQs on weekends and fresh local seafood.

Mataking Island Resort Activities

Considering the relatively small size of Mataking Island, it actually has a surprisingly long list of things to occupy yourself with, including physical activities such as diving, snorkeling, jogging and an island tour. For the more creative there’s arts & crafts such as painting, dancing and cooking classes, and to relax after it all, the ever popular Jamu Spa from where to get your fix of massage and spa treatments.

At night the fun doesn’t set, with a night walk in the jungle and spying the turtles who come ashore to lay eggs during mating season. There’s also the popular BBQ at the Sunset Bar, cultural performances and, during festive seasons, a disco boogie, or the island guitarist to serenade you at other times.

Diving Mataking Island

Of course, what better activity to take part in on an island like Mataking than diving? There are over 30 dive sites to explore around Mataking Island and the surrounding islands of Timba-timba and Pandanan, and in the Sakaran Marine Park Bohayan Island, Kalapuan Island, Baturua Island and Mantabuan Island.

In the shallows of Kalapuan the life is as impressive as in the deep, and at Mataking itself divers can also get a mix of wall and slope diving, providing a one-stop spot for pelagic and macro action. Schools of Spanish mackerel, trevally and barracuda are plentiful, with ribbon eels, giant clams, eagle rays, giant frogfish and mandarin fish for variation. Colorful species of shrimps will captivate the attention of underwater photographers when the prize of all prizes, the rare pygmy seahorses, frustrate them. Night diving on the house reef is spectacular when an entirely different spectrum of critter awakes to pose for photographers and prance for casual onlookers.

Trips to Sipadan can also be arranged in the form of a day trip with 3 boat dives. The boat trip to Sipadan can take from 60 – 90 minutes depending on the sea conditions.

Luxury Island Beach Villa

These luxurious island beach villas were painstakingly built by hand. Grass roofing provides a natural climate control, with prime elements such as the marble flooring and stone-carved wash basins adding a luxurious feel. A private Jacuzzi and quaint gazebo out front completes this local craftwork master piece.

King Chalets

The King Chalets carry the name of “Mataking”. So it comes with no surprise that the chalets boast a royal view of the sun setting over the lagoon, the shores on which these chalets sit. A queen-sized bed in an oversized bedroom overlooks the balcony, whilst a private tub overlooks the lagoon.

Premier Deluxe Lodges

The Premier Deluxe Lodges are handcrafted, traditional Malaysian charm. Situated on the western side of the island, many of the lodges are still within direct eye sight of the western-facing lagoon. A private sun deck allows shelter from the midday sun, whilst the bedroom provides a private seclusion with cool tiles and traditional fixtures.

Tour Highlights

  • Mataking Island Reef Dive Resort
  • Idyllic island setting
  • World class dive destination
  • Luxury resort accommodation



Day 1

Pick up from Tawau Airport or your hotel in Tawau Town and land transfer (approx. 70 minutes drive) to Semporna Jetty – one can also be collected at your hotel in Semporna or meet one of the scheduled boat transfer times at Semporna Jetty. Board boat to Mataking Island which will take approx. 80 minutes. Arrive at Mataking Island Resort for registration and check in.

Free at Leisure for Non Diver Package / Orientation Dive, if time permits, for Diver Package.

Overnight at the Resort.

Meals Included: Lunch (for guests whom arrives on the 1st and 2nd Scheduled Boat Transfer Times only), Dinner at the resort’s restaurant.
*Complimentary coffee, tea and juices are served all day in the restaurant (except alcoholic and carbonated beverages)
NOTE: Check In Time will be at 1400hrs. Early check in will be subject to room availability especially during peak season.

Day 2

Free at Leisure for Non Diver Package / Diving Activity for Diver Package.

Overnight at the Resort.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the resort’s restaurant.
*Complimentary coffee, tea and juices are served all day in the restaurant (except alcoholic and carbonated beverages)

Day 3

Free at Leisure until departure boat times. Board scheduled boat back to Semporna Jetty (approx. 80 minutes boat ride). Take land transfer for drop off at your hotel in Semporna or drive about 70 minutes to your hotel in Tawau or Tawau Airport for your departure flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch (for guests departing on the Last Boat Transfer Time only) at the resort’s restaurant.
NOTE: Check out time will be at 1100hrs. Late check out will be subject to room availability especially during peak season.
Boat Schedules

Semporna Jetty – Mataking Island 0930hrs, 1200hrs, 1630hrs
Mataking Island – Semporna Jetty 1100hrs and 1400hrs
  • Return land transfer from Tawau Airport/Hotel to Semporna on check-in and check-out day; Return boat transfer to Mataking Island; Twin-share, air-conditioned accommodation with en-suite bathroom with hot shower; Full board meals and hot beverages while at the resort; complimentary use of Jacuzzi. Diver Package: 3 boat dives daily except on arrival and departure day; weight-belt, tanks and professional divemaster on all boat dives.
  • Domestic and International Flights, Alcoholic & Carbonated Drinks, Activities Equipment for rental at resort, items not explicitly mentioned.
  • Dive Certification Card & Log Book (for Divers), Personal Toiletries, Swimwear, Tropical Beach Wear, Sandals, Insect Repellent, Hat, Sun Cream, Torch Light.


Important Information

Equipment Rental at the Resort* (subject to change without notice and inclusive of GST)

Snorkel Set A (mask, snorkel, fins) RM25/day
Snorkel Set B )mask, snorkel, fins, booties) RM30/day
Mask RM10/dive
Snorkel RM8/day
Fins RM10/day
Diving Set (BCD, Regs, Wetsuit, Snorkel Set B) RM85/day
Booties RM8/day
Single Piece Diving Equipment (BCD, Regs, Wetsuit, Torch) RM25/day
Dive Computer RM30/day
DPV Rental (for certified DPV Diver or Course) RM40 per dive

*Diving guests are encouraged to bring along their own dive equipment.
*Limited snorkel gear available for hire.