2 Islands, 1 Resort – Diving & Snorkeling Delight
Mataking Island lies in the Celebes Sea about 40 minutes east of Semporna on Sabah’s east coast.
1 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.
Mataking Island Resort Dive & Accommodation Package
- Road and sea transfers between the airport and the resort;
- Twin-sharing, en-suite, aircon accommodation at Mataking Island Resort;
- Full board meals and non-alcoholic, non-carbonated beverages whilst at the resort;
- 3 boat dives per day;
- use of weights, weight belts and tanks;
- professional Divemaster guided dives;
Mataking Island Resort Accommodation Amenities Differences
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.
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.
Here’s a quick check-list of what to expect in which style of accommodation.
|Facilities / Room Amenities||Premier||Villa||Chalet|
|Sofa settees/Vanity table/wooden wardrobe||√||√||√|
|Bed Head Decoration||√||√||–|
|Quilt Cover + Mosquito Netting (in double rooms only)||–||–||√|
|Remote controlled air-conditioner + Ceiling Fan||√||√||√|
|Coffee / Tea Maker facilities||√||√||√|
|Mini bar / Astro (Satellite TV)||√||√||√|
|Private Shower Bathroom with Hot / Cold Showers||√||√||√|
|Sea-view bathroom (Private Bathtub)||–||√||√|
|Provision of Toiletries (Conditioning shampoo + soap only)||√||√||√|
|Dental Kit + Cotton Bud + Comb + Shower Cap||√||√||√|
|Room Towels / Hair Dryer||√||√||√|
|Double stone crafted wash basin||–||√||–|
|Private Balcony with outdoor sun chair (Sea view)||–||–||√|
|Private Sundeck with garden chair (Front Row Garden View)||√||–||–|
|Private Sundeck with garden chair (Back Row Garden View)||–||–||–|
|Private Gazebo Sitting Area and Outdoor sun chair||–||√||–|
|Half Moon Lazy Chair||–||√||–|
|Private Jacuzzi + Outdoor Shower||–||√||–|
|Daily Housekeeping + Wake Up Call||√||√||√|
|Electricity / Power Point (220-240 volts)||√||√||√|
|Daily Housekeeping + Wake Up Call||√||√||√|
|Complimentary 500ml Drinking Water per guest (arrival day only)||√||√||√|
|In-House Intercom System (To reception / IDD calls connection)||√||√||√|