Dive Mataking Island
You could be forgiven for thinking the words 'House Reef' don't really mean a proper dive site, just somewhere you can go to get wet if you wish. That is sometimes the case, but not when you're diving in Mataking.
When you dive the house reef here you stroll in off the golden beach in front of the dive centre and follow a line down to about 25 metres. Then you will turn left and fin slowly over patches of extraordinary activity, both in naturally-occurring habitats and in and around the reef balls upon which the resort has planted a multitude of corals.
You should keep your eyes peeled here for sights such as nudibranchs, squat lobsters nestled in the outer ridges of barrel sponges, stonefish and cuttlefish. Incredibly, just a few fin kicks from the restaurant, you can spot the delightful but deadly blue-ringed octopus!
After a short while you will come to the jetty itself under which there is more life than you can imagine - schools of trevally, trumpetfish, batfish and large groupers all compete for space and for your attention. More than just an add-on dive site, the House Reef at Mataking really is an incredibly convenient and rewarding spot. Often the check out dive site, many guests return here at least once during their stay to see again the awesome parade of local marine life.
House Reef Reef Basics: Beach slope
Depth: 5 - 30m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Surface conditions: Generally calm but can be choppy
Water temperature: 25 - 29°C
Experience level: Beginner - advanced
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving season: All year round
Distance: Underneath the Mataking jetty
Access: Mataking Resort dive boat trips
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