The Reef Dive Resort
Mataking Island, Sabah
The Reef Dive Resort at Mataking Island is an exclusive romantic& diving destination in the Celebes Sea, located just 40 minutes boat ride from Semporna, East Coast of Sabah in Malaysia.
It is a promised island with majestic treasures, natural warmth and friendship for holiday makers, spa lovers, honeymooners and divers a like. Whether it is a retreat for yourself or exciting undersea exploration, you’ll find Mataking the perfect choice.
The resort is caressed by the tropical sea breeze. Our executive chalets and deluxe rooms designed in traditional architecture offering simply elegant and exquisite accommodation for up to 70 guests in a serene and cozy environment.
Enjoy Malaysian and International cuisine with an enticing spread of fresh local sea food or relish the weekend barbecued favorites at our sea facing restaurant.
The word “Mataking” literally translated means, “The Eye of Kings”, and if you are staying in one of these limited edition chalets then you will know exactly what we mean. Rising up from the beach front of the lagoon, the balcony of your chalet gives you a front row seat as the sun settles over the nearby islands in the evening, turning the entire lagoon to a bright orange colour.
Each King Chalet naturally has a bedroom which is simply oversized and luxurious. The large queen bed overlooking your private balcony with satellite television and mini bar will allow you to relax to the max! Each bathroom comes with a private bathtub overlooking the lagoon and a large walk-in shower. Exclusive to Mataking you will simply feel like royalty as a resident in a Mataking King!
Premier Deluxe Lodge
Situated on the western side of the isle, these handcrafted lodges are the perfect choice for those guests who appreciate traditional Malaysian charm. Your own private sundeck allows you to have a wonderful place to seek the shelter from the direct Malay sunshine, most of which are still in line of site of the western facing lagoon.
Bedrooms here are designed for your individual comfort and little place of solitude with cool tiled flooring and traditional accoutrements. Each Deluxe comes with air-conditioning that allows you to sit in comfort of your very own satellite television, and whilst there, why not take advantage of your own mini bar?
These quiet and peaceful lodges are set on the eastern face of the island, giving you a set-back view of the Filipino side of the resort. Positioned purposely to the east, these lodges offer a great early morning catchment of sun until well into the afternoon. Each lodge is designed in identical style to the Premier lodges offering a great element of privacy to read, relax and take-in the Mataking atmosphere.
If you want a good mix of both garden and sea, this accommodation is perfect as you are never any further than a stone’s throw from a beach! You will always feel at home in a Deluxe Lodge
At the Reef, great effort has been made to accommodate both divers and non-divers alike. For the diver, your boutique experience starts here. A PADI 5 Star Dive Resort, equipped with both air and Enriched Air Nitrox allows you to get the very best of what Mataking has to offer. Our world-class international team will guide you to new depths, expand your knowledge and share great memories with you for years to come. For the non-diver or non-diving partners there is so much to explore and experience on the island.
Besides the excellent snorkeling experience that lies ahead, there are also fishing excursions, jungle trekking, island hopping, and kayaking for the active. For the more sedate, why not try your hand at batik painting, cooking lessons or pamper yourself in our Jamu spa!
- 8 executive chalets
- 12 premier deluxe rooms
- 12 deluxe rooms
- Jamu Spa & Jacuzzi
- 20m King’s Watchtower
- The Reef Restaurant
- Coral Bar
- Exotic Garden
- Souvenir Shop
- Safekeeping service
- Telephone & Fax
- Entertainment lounge corner
- Dive & Sea sports centre
- Beach Volley Ball & Beach Soccer
- Satellite TV
- First Aid & Emergency Kit
- Mailing Services
- Activity Desk
- Wireless broadband &
Activities & Sports Centre
- Guided round island tour and climb up watch tower for day & night scene lookout
- Stroll across to Mataking Kecil with a guide
- Peacock Sanctuary Visit
- Bird Watching
- Fish Feeding
- Picnic lunch at Mataking Kecil
- Island hopping - Pandanan, Bohayan & Timba-timba
- Discover Scuba Diving (2 hours introductory course)
- Beach soccer & volleyball match
- Treasure Hunt / Tele-match game arrangement
- Coconut bowling competition
- Jungle Trek / Jogging round the island
- Kite Flying
- Ocean Kayaks / ASL Pedal / Kookaburra Boats
- Fishing Trip
- Sea Weed / Fish Farm Tour
- Sipadan / Mabul Excursion
- Jungle Trek & Sighting of seasonal turtle laying eggs, coconut crabs and fire flies
- BBQ at Sunset Bar
- Cultural performance, Boogie & Disco (normally arranged during festival seasons or special occasions)
- Island guitarist entertainment
- Other Resorter activities can also be arranged with our Island Activity Co-ordinator
Where is Mataking?
The Reef Dive Resort is situated on Mataking Island at latitude 119 degrees and longitude 4 degrees and 35 minutes. It is about 40 minutes boat ride from the mainland of Semporna in the province of Sabah. The size of the island is about 40 acres and lies on the edge of the continental shelf surrounded by fringing reef of hard and soft coral.
The Reef Dive Resort
TB212, Jalan Bunga, Fajar Complex 91000 Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia.