Mataking Island

With its sparkling white sand, mesmerizing blue waters and top-class resort, Mataking Island in Sabah, Malaysia is the ideal getaway for both the avid diver, holiday makers, and honeymooners. 


  • At Mataking Island Resort you can swim crystal blue waters and pamper yourself with sublime spa treatments
  • Mataking Island Resort is the most exclusive and romantic island destination in the Celebes Sea
  • There are more than 30 dive sites around Mataking Island and its surrounding islands of Pandanan, Timba-timba, and Tun Sakaran Marine Park
  • The resort offers a wide range of activities for both divers and non-divers

When the crystal turquoise waters of Mataking Island beckons, it is an offer that cannot be refused. Suit up and explore the 30 or so dive sites around Mataking Island and its surrounding islands. It is a promised island with majestic treasures, natural warmth, and friendship for holiday makers, spa lovers, honeymooners and divers alike. Whether it is a retreat for yourself or exciting undersea exploration, you’ll find Mataking the perfect choice.

Offering outstanding natural beauty, Mataking Island has pristine white beaches, crystal waters and tropical vegetation. Mataking island is located about 1 hour by speedboat from Semporna in the southeast of Sabah, Malaysia. One side of the island is protected by a shallow sandy lagoon and on the other side the coral reef is very close ideal for snorkeling.

A combination of breathtaking natural beauty and sunny weather make Mataking island the perfect honeymoon destination. Watch the sunrise together on the warm sandy beach, indulge in a spot of pampering for two by the seaside, dine in candlelight at sunset with the sea as your witness – spending your honeymoon in Mataking Island for a truly memorable experience.

Mataking Island Diving

The Alice Channel which is about 100 metres deep connects Mataking to Sipadan Island offering both macro and pelagic diving for divers on the island. Guests are also given the option to dive in Sipadan Island (45-minutes boat ride away). Encounters with barracuda, stingray, green turtle, colourful corals fishes, Trevally, Spanish mackerels, Ribbon eels, giant clams, Dogtooth tuna and so on are a common sight during your dive. Recently whale shark was reported to be seen just a few feet away from the resort’s jetty.

Mataking Island is home to the first underwater post office in Malaysia. The Underwater Post Office started in March 2006 when an old wooden cargo ship was sunk off of the Mataking Islands, in order to create an artificial reef that would promote coral growth. The site is an efficient post office where divers can post waterproof postcards. The mails are picked up twice each week and are then sent off to their destinations all around the world.


Get Married in Mataking Island

Looking for the perfect island for your destination wedding? Say ‘I do’ in Mataking Island, against a beautiful backdrop of powdery if white sand beaches and clear blue water. Mataking island is a beach lover’s paradise and the ultimate destination for honeymooners. Mataking is great for romantic’s beach wedding and underwater weddings for scuba diving enthusiasts.


Mataking Reef Dive Resort

The Reef Dive Resort at Mataking Island is an exclusive romantic & a diving destination in the Celebes Sea. The executive king chalets, premier deluxe rooms and brand new luxurious beach villas designed in traditional architecture offering simply elegant and exquisite accommodation for up to 100 guests in a serene and cozy environment.
Comfortable attractive facilities are surrounded by delightful landscape and consist of a reception area, restaurant, gift shop, PADI Centre, outdoor Jacuzzi pool, and Spa.



These are the absolute ultimate in premier accommodation in Malaysia. Painstakingly built by hand, the alang-alang grass roofing of these grand villas allows a unique and natural coolness to the room during the day whilst at night, keeps the warmth of the room in.
The polished marble flooring of the bedroom area retains an element of grandeur, whilst the individual stone wash basins and handcrafted outside shower demonstrate an element of home-grown luxury.
A private Jacuzzi with jungle backdrop at the rear and a quaint little gazebo at the front add the finishing touches to this unique piece of local craftwork.







Beach Chalets (Individual & Semi Detached)
Scattered along the eastern shore of our paradise island are our eight newly built Beach Chalets has just been completed, offering unparalleled sea views and a front seat to the sunrise over the Alice Channel of the Celebes Sea.
Positioned away from the resort’s public areas, the Beach Chalets offer a calm and tranquil atmosphere for guests who truly want to get away from it all.
There are four Semidetached Beach Chalets with interconnecting doors to accommodate families or groups.
The Beach Chalets offer full modern facilities in a large bathroom with toilet, double sinks and a drenching rain like shower, but you will be blown away by the private heated Jacuzzi with skylight, allowing you to melt away any stress in the gentle whirlpool whilst looking at the stars. It really is Serenity itself.







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!







Situated on the western and eastern side of the isle, these handcrafted lodges are the perfect choice for those guests who appreciate traditional Malaysian charm.
Bedrooms here are designed for your individual comfort and a little place of solitude with cool tiled flooring and traditional accouterments. Each Deluxe comes with air-conditioning that allows you to sit in comfort of your very own satellite television, and minibar.


Mataking island is accessible through Semporna, Sabah Malaysia.

The journey to from Tawau airport to Semporna by road takes approximately one hour. Then from Semorna jetty to Mataking by speedboat takes about 45 minutes.


Transfer IN:
First boat to Mataking at 09.00
Pick up at Tawau airport 10.30- Boat to Mataking at 12.00
Pick up at Tawau airport 15.00 – Boat to Mataking at 16.30

Transfer OUT:
Boat to Semporna at 11.00 – Arrive Tawau airport 13.30
Boat to Semporna at 14.00 – Arrive Tawau airport 16.30


Mataking Island is pretty much a year round destination thanks to its proximity to the equator.

From May to August, you may to spot Green turtles and Hawksbill turtles laying their eggs on the beaches.


What to expect: Macro Life

Average Visibility: 8-25 metres

Average water temperature: 25 – 29 °C

Depth: 5 – 35 metres

Diving Season: Mataking is open to diving all year round. However, for the best visibility visit during the dry season from April through June.

Must dive: Bohayan Island

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