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Two small islands linked by a narrow sandbar at low tide.
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The Reef Dive Resort The only resort in Mataking
Dive sites around Mataking :
Mataking Island is an island not
far from Sipadan. Located to the
north of Mabul, it is about
40-minutes boat ride away from
Diving in Mataking is a combination of Macro and pelagic which is suitable for photographers, new and advanced divers. The eastern shore is a sloping reef dropping to a depth of 100 meters whereas on the western reef is mostly wall diving with depth of 100 meters. Many have commented that the living colors of the undersea corals at Mataking are magnificent and a real heaven for many species of nudibranch and frogfish. Other Marine lives found are rainbow runner, bat fish, hump head parrotfish, barracuda, green and hawksbill turtles, lobster, giant clams, blue spotted rays and many more. There are many interesting dive sites not to be missed at the island, which are close proximity to Mataking. Experience the beauty and wonders which Mataking has to offer. Indeed it is a promised island for divers, honeymooners and holiday makers alike.
Sightseeing and Adventure in Mataking Island
Mataking is a small island. The resort itself is set in beautiful tropical gardens.
You can explore the island and climb the King's watchtower where views are stunning.
You can take a romantic stroll over the sandbar to Mataking Kecil to explore the pristine jungle covered island.
The resort also organizes guided tours so you can learn more about the flora and fauna of this island's gems. The kids can enjoy painting and handicrafts.
You can also explore this island nearby area by sea kayak.
Semporna Marine Park
The newly designated Semporna Marine Park is close by. The protective measures being imposed by this marine park is of considerable benefit to the sea-life in the whole area including Mataking.
Mataking Forum (Chinese ) :
A place to share your holiday experience on Mataking Island : Mataking Island Forum
First and only Underwater Post Office in Malaysia
The presence of an Underwater Post
Office on a wreck makes it the first
of its kind in the Malaysia. There
are only 5 similar underwater post
offices in the world.
The Reef Dive Resort & Tours
Resort on Mataking Island:
Mataking resort is set in beautiful tropical gardens. Explore the island and climb the King's watchtower where the views are stunning.
How To Get To Tawau
Mataking is a private island next to Sipadan, north of Mabul. The island is three times the size of Sipadan about 40 acres. The island is 40 minute by boat east of Semporna. From Mataking you can enjoy convenient, hassle-free and diverse macro-diving as well as the daytrips to Sipadan 80 minutes by speedboat.
Mataking Island - two islands connected by a sandbar
Mataking Island is in fact two
islands connected by a sandbar. The
Mataking Besar (Big Mataking) and
Mataking Kechil (Small Mataking). On
the Big Mataking Island is the only
resort, The Reef Dive Resort.
Apart from the resort and a small police station the islands are covered in natural jungle.
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
enjoy the sight of island's coconut
crab scurrying up a tree, exotic
migratory seabirds and fire flies.
Climb up the king's watch tower and
enjoy the breathtaking sight. You
can also re-enact Moses's miraculous
crossing of the red sea by taking a
stroll down the 1km sand bar that
connects Mataking and Mataking Kecil
at low tide.
You can take a romantic stroll over the sandbar to Mataking Kecil to explore the pristine jungle covered island. The resort also organizes guided tours so you can learn more about the flora and fauna of this island's gems.
You can also explore this island and nearby area by sea kayak and later, relax in the big jacuzzi.
Coconut Crab - enjoy the sight of Mataking island's coconut crab scurrying up a tree
Sabah is regularly sought after by divers as the seas are abundant in coral reefs and marine life. Sabah has an astounding number of islands off its coastlines on both its eastern and western regions. These islands make a fantastic gateway for those who want an exciting vacation on the beach.