Mataking is a beautiful dive resort on a gem of an island off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. It provides all the mystique and romance that any honeymooners could wish for: remote and idyllic. There are many opportunities for images to remember for romantic couples such as the view from the lookout tower over the island and beyond or along the white sand bank that connects the 2 islands at low tide.
Rooms: 37 Diving in: Sipadan Island and Mataking Dive type: Boat dives Divers: Max. 40
Of course there is also plenty to keep you entertained with many macro sites around the island and beyond in the Semporna Islands Marine Park. Diving at Sipadan may be possible to arrange at the resort but for most the local diving, combined with the relaxed but professional atmosphere of the resort, means there is no need to venture further afield.
There is a choice of accommodation. A spa which features a range of massages and therapies are great for spoiling her (or him) and you will both enjoy a relaxing cocktail from the jacuzzi as the sun sets after a fun day's diving. Mataking is great as a resort for those wanting peace and quiet with fun and interesting scuba nearby, or as the perfect romantic getaway for couples or newly-weds. It is also popular as a destination for weddings both on dry land and underwater.
Special rates apply for Malaysians, Singaporeans and expatriates with work permits. Please contact us for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Peak period surcharge of 10% is applicable for the month of August and Golden Week holidays (28 April - 6th May), including Christmas and New Year's Day.
Mataking Island and Sipadan. No diving on day of departure.
Resort diving includes:
Dives (as detailed in the packages above), unlimited self-guided shore and night dives at jetty house reefs, boat rides to sites, experienced English-speaking divemaster (maximum 3 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, snacks. Diving excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own):
Scuba equipment (approx. US$ 27 per day), Sipadan permit fees (approx. US$ 9 per person per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival. Optional extras:
Extra boat dives (Mataking, minimum 2 customers), computer, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available, approx. US$ 12 per tank), dive insurance, supplementary return Sipadan diving trip (can be booked in advance if available, approx. US$ 388). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Resort accommodation includes:
Bed, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, snacks, return resort transfers from Tawau airport. Accommodation excludes (mandatory):
Semporna jetty fees (approx. US$ 3 per person per tour booking, payable in advance). If you are a single person it is compulsory to pay in advance for a single supplement. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival. Optional extras:
Alcoholic drinks, internet access. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there:
The resort is located on Mataking Island, a 1 hour boat ride from the jetty at Semporna. The resort will provide a return transfer from Tawau airport to Mataking.
Tawau arrival flights:
Malaysia Airlines, MH2121, 07:30-08:15 hrs from Kota Kinabalu
Air Asia, AK5152, 07:20-10:05 hrs from Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines, MH 3093, 07:45-09:40 hrs from Sandakan
Malaysia Airlines, MH 2660, 08:25-11:15 hrs from Kuala Lumpur
Air Asia, AK 6122, 07:20-08:10 hrs from Kota Kinabalu
Malaysia Airlines, MH2137, 13:15-14:00 hrs from Kota Kinabalu
Air Asia, AK 6126, 12:20-13:10 hrs from Kota Kinabalu
You will have to wait at Tawau Airport for the transfer if your flight arrives to Tawau less than 1 hour before the next flight. Boat departures from Semporna to Resort are at 10:00 and 17:00 hrs. Diving on arrival day is only possible if you arrive to the resort on 10:00 hrs boat schedule. Please be ready at Seafest hotel's lobby at least 30 minutes before the scheduled boat departure if you transfer to Semporna overland from Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan or Lahad Datu.
Tawau departure flights:
Air Asia,AK5153, 10:30-13:15 hrs to Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines, MH3092, 10:05-10:45 hrs to Sandakan
Malaysia Airlines, MH2661, 11:55-14:35 hrs to Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines, MH2134, 14:40-15:25 hrs to Kota Kinabalu
Air Asia, AK6127, 13:35-14:25 hrs to Kota Kinabalu
Malaysia Airlines, MH3094, 17:10-17:50 hrs to Sandakan
Malaysia Airlines, MH3054, 17:55-18:55 hrs to Kota Kinabalu
Air Asia, AK2665, 17:50-20:30 hrs to Kuala Lumpur
Air Asia, AK5155, 18:50-21:35 hrs to Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines, MH3056, 20:55-21:55 hrs to Kota Kinabalu
Air Asia, AK5157, 21:35-00:20 hrs to Kuala Lumpur
Air Asia, AK6129, 21:35-22:25 hrs to Kota Kinabalu
Transfer times from Mataking Reef Dive Resort to Tawau Airport are 11:00 and 14:00 hrs. Please plan 3 hours between resort departure and flight departure time.
Dive clubs and group discounts:
Groups of 6 or more staying 4 nights or more will receive 1 free diving trip to Sipadan (subject to permits), Mabul or Kapalai. Groups of 10 guests or more - 1 extra person can join free of charge.
If this is your only planned visit to Malaysian Borneo then we strongly recommend that you consider a 2 night add-on stay at the Sepilok Nature Resort, Sandakan in Sabah, to allow you to witness the not-to-be-missed jungle adventures with orang-utans.
There are 8 stilted Chalets with beautiful sea views, including from the balcony and even the bathroom. These are delightfully furnished and are the recommended option for honeymooners or those seeking the highest level of luxury at the resort. There are also 24 smaller Premier rooms featuring patios, 12 of which enjoy partial seaviews and the other 12 have tropical garden views. There are also 5 luxurious sea view Villa rooms, each offering a private Jacuzzi and outdoor shower.
Each chalet and room is furnished with:
Remote control air-conditioning and fan
Private bathroom with hot water shower (Chalets also have a seaview bath)
The resort has daily 3 single tank dive boat trips to Mataking, Mataking Kecil, Pandanan, Bohayan, Kelapuan, Timba Timba and Pom Pom, all between 5 and 20 minutes ride away. There are also twice weekly 3-dive trips to Sipadan Island, 80 minutes away.
There are 4 speed boats used for diving Mataking and the surroundings reefs. Each boat is 8-10 metres in length with twin 100 HP engines, fitted for a maximum of 10 scuba divers. Divemasters and drinking water are provided on all the day trips.
Unlimited House Reef dives are also available in front of the resort and included in the packages - just walk in from beach. Night dives and sunset dives can also be arranged for an extra charge.
The resort dive centre has a fresh hot shower, equipment stations for guests' scuba gear, and rinse tanks for equipment and underwater cameras.
The facilities at Mataking mean you can do as much or as little as you choose. The Jamu Spa and Jacuzzi will provide all the soothing and rejuvenation you could hope for. The more active can enjoy beach volleyball, beach soccer and spectacular views from the watchtower. There is an entertainment lounge, wi-fi and internet connection plus a souvenir shop. So if you like your days to be idled away in relaxation or you seek an action-packed break, Mataking can promise you both.
Resort facilities include: Restaurant & beachfront bar - Jacuzzi - Jamu Spa - Massage - Ocean kayaks - Private beach with sun chairs - Beach soccer & volleyball - Occassional live entertainment - Internet - Activity desk - Batik painting - Island hopping - Seaweed / fish farm tour - Exotic garden - Peacock sanctuary visit - Kelapuan Island fishing village tour - Gift shop - Games room - Satellite TV - Laundry - International telephone & fax - Babysitting
The Spa & Jacuzzi are the jewels in the Mataking crown:
1) MATAKING ROYAL HERBAL MASSSAGE (150 minutes) - Foot bath (15 mins), Traditional body scrub (30 mins), Relaxation & herbal massage (115 mins), Dream bath of coconut / flower petals (30 mins). Ideal for romantic couples, honeymooners & lovers.
This treatment is the ultimate luxuries signature treatment designed to cleanse, purify and re-balance the body and mind. The body scrubs and herbal treatment contain pure and natural ingredients soaked in hot oil which are used as a combination to pamper your body, leaving the skin feeling refreshed and moisturised.
2) JAMU CALMING MASSAGE (120 minutes)
The Jamu calming massage is a traditional deep pressure massage that works on nerve pathways and encourages blood circulation throughout the body. This massage helps to relieve stresses, tension and promote a sense of balance and well being.
3) ISLANDER MASSAGE (90 minutes)
This Massage is handed down through the generations and it is a very soft and relaxing massage from head to toe. Enjoy this calming effect on our body with the sounds of the ocean at the beach pavilion.
* In addition, they also have various types of massages which are focused on the specific tired parts of the body as below:
4) Aroma Head and Shoulder Massage (45 minutes)
5) Aroma Shoulder and Back Massage (60 minutes)
Location: Mataking Island, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
In Mataking Resort you can either choose to dine from the buffet or the a la carte menu, both of which feature many interesting dishes mixing asian and international cuisine. You can expect various concoctions including seafood, salads, pasta, steaks plus BBQs on the sundeck. Malaysian satay and seared fresh tuna are among the specialties.
Currently the nearest re-compression chamber is located at Semporna on the Sabah mainland, a 50 minute boat ride away. We strongly recommend that you have your own insurance to cover you for diving emergencies.
The dive boats have DAN oxygen and first aid kits, plus the resort has a 20 litre oxygen tank and first aid on site. 1 Divemaster is provided per speed boat. For non-scuba emergencies, there is a hospital 50 minutes away also at Semporna.
The Mataking Reef Dive Resort provides a complimentary safety box for all guests. Mataking island has its own local police station and security guards are present in the resort 24 hours per day.
"We had such a wonderful holiday at Mataking Reef Dive Resort, I am already recommending it to our friends!!! Thank you so much for your professionalism and quick responses." - Colleen Hepburn, South Africa ...