An island offering the perfect mix of romance and adventure, Mataking Island serves up exclusivity and raw exhilaration — thanks to its location being a little bit further than the other islands and resorts around Semporna. Not many people know this, but the Reef Dive Resort on Mataking Island was one of the first resorts in Sabah to offer the underwater wedding photoshoot.
With its sparkling white sand, mesmerizing blue waters and top-class resort, Mataking Island is the ideal getaway for those seeking to nurture romance and those looking to add more sites on their dive logs. Couples can wine, dine, spend a day at the spa, and take full advantage of the wedding package, while divers can gear up and explore the Eel Garden, Coral Garden, Nudibranch Garden, Turtle Playground, Lobsters Lair and Hump Head Point.
If you’re just looking to rest and relax, do drop by for a luxurious pampering experience at Jamu Spa. If you’re game for other activities, you can do some batik painting, go kayaking into the sunset or go jungle-trekking with a guide. A must-do during your time in Mataking is to take a leisurely walk to Pulau Mataking Kecil (literally meaning Small Mataking island) which is a 20-minute walk from the main island.
The best time to take this walk is in the morning when the tides are low, allowing you to walk on a sandy stretch that leads directly to the smaller island. With the sea surrounding you on both sides, you will feel almost as if you are walking on water!
When you arrive back on the main island, climb up the wooden observation tower to get a breathtaking view of Mataking and its surrounding areas. Catch a glimpse of Mataking‘s famous ‘Underwater Post Office’, the first of its kind in Malaysia.
In March 2006, as a conservation effort, the resort decided to sink Mataking 1, an old 40-foot wooden cargo ship to create an artificial reef and also to serve as a unique underwater mailbox. Divers seal their mail in a waterproof vacuum bag and post it underwater. Picturesque, equipped with excellent facilities and complemented with friendly service at all times, your stay at Mataking will never be long enough.
The journey to from Tawau to Semporna by road takes approximately one hour. The transfer to Mataking by speedboat takes about 45 minutes. Visit www.mataking.com for more info.