20% reduction for all bookings for travel between 01 September and 31 December – effective immediately – for Divers and Non-Divers. Bookings accepted until 21 December, and subject to availability – get in quick to avoid disappointment!

View of Mataking Reef Dive Resort


The Reef Dive Resort at Mataking Island, Malaysia, is one of the newest dive spots in the Celebes Sea, and is located just 40 minutes from Semporna.Luxurious accommodation is provided with on Mataking and the diving is enchanting. The Alice Channel which is about 100 meters deep connects Mataking to Pulau Sipadan which just an 80 minutes trip away. At Mataking, you will have all the privacy, exclusivity and space you need whether you are staying in one of the exclusive chalets or a deluxe room. Whether it is a retreat for your body, soul and mind or exciting undersea exploration, you will find Mataking the perfect choice. Once back on land, after your day’s diving, the night life can be exciting. There are fire flies all over the place at night. Green and Hawksbill turtles come up to lay their eggs in the sands of Mataking Island. During the day, bask on the snow white sandy beach and enjoy the sight of the island’s coconut crabs scurrying up the trees. You can also take a walk while listening to the birds singing in the exotic gardens of the resort.

If you prefer a bird’s eye view of Mataking, climb up the King’s Watchtower and enjoy the breathtaking sight. If you are more adventurous, take a few friends and explore the lushness of the tropical island vegetation or have some fun playing beach volleyball and beach soccer, taking up some traditional handicrafts, cooking or dancing lessons. You can also take the chance to re-enact Moses’ miraculous crossing of the Red sea by taking a stroll down the 1km sandbar that connects Mataking and Mataking Kecil at low tide. The water literally splits in half and you don’t even have to wave your hands! Mother Nature does it all for you.

View from King's Watchtower


A chalet at Mataking Reef Dive Resort


Deluxe Room at Mataking Reef Dive Resort


The Reef boasts 8 executive chalets and 24 deluxe rooms in traditional architecture offering simply elegant and exquisite accommodation for up to 70 pax in a serene and cozy set up. The air-conditioned rooms have attached sea view bathrooms and balcony. You can also stay connected with those who are a world away from you as internet services are available at Mataking. The resort also has satellite TV with more than 30 channels for your viewing pleasure. All guest rooms are equipped with air-conditioners and the following features:

  • Twin/Queen/King-sized beds
  • Attached bathroom and private sundeck (Deluxe room only)
  • Tea/coffee maker
  • Provision of toiletries
  • Ceiling fan
  • All rooms furnished with corner settees, vanity table and chair, timber wardrobe, power points (220-240v)
  • Hair dryer
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Wakeup call

The chalets also have the following additional features:

  • Sea-view bathroom (private bathtub) and balcony
  • Private bathtub
  • Mini bar
  • Astro (Satellite TV) channels
  • Safety box

Chalet Accommodation


Please your palate at the spacious restaurant serving Asian and Continental Buffet meals, or pamper yourself at the Jamu spa and jacuzzi.The resort offers 3 boat dives a day, unlimited house reef diving and excursions to the nearby islands including the well known islands of Sipadan and Mabul. Exotic honeymoon and wedding arrangements can also come true on this romantic paradise.

The bar area at Mataking Reef Dive Resort


Mataking has also been very popular with Japanese divers. Dive packages includes the following:

  • 3 boat dive combinations per day at Mataking, Mataking Kecil, Pandanan and Bohayan with provision of diving weights, weight belt, tanks and dive guide (no diving permitted within 24 hrs of departure flight).
  • Unlimited house reef diving at Mataking.
  • Diving at Sipadan is possible at a surcharge. The surcharge is calculated on the number of people travelling on the boat from Mataking to Pulau Sipadan. The surcharge for a boat with 6 or 7 people on board is RM370 per person (about $A135). The surcharge includes the boat fee and the Sipadan permit fee. If there are only two people on the boat, the surcharge will be RM 740 per person.  You will have 3 dives at Sipadan. The surcharge is payable at the resort, and your desire to dive at Sipadan should be made known at the time of booking your trip with us.
  • Morning shore dive begins at 0600 hrs (required to exit the water by 0700 hrs)
  • Sunset shore dive begins at 1700 hrs (open water divers need to exit the water by 1830 hrs)
  • Night dives are shore dives from the Dive Centre platform and are conducted from 1900 hrs to 2100 hrs.Divers who wish to night dive must show proof of minimum certification of Advance Open Water in the form of certification cards and/or log books documenting such dives.

Garden View Deluxe (Premium Room) Accommodation – front row sea facing

Duration Diver/Non Diver 1 Person 2 People 3 People
3 days/2 nights Diver $1,340 $900 $900
Non Diver $1,345 $860 $860
4 days/ 3 nights Diver $1,770 $1,185 $1,185
Non Diver $1,745 $1,165 $1,165
5 days/ 4 nights Diver $2,570 $1,715 $1,715
Non Diver $2,160 $1,440 $1,440
Extra nights Diver $610 $405 $405
Non Diver $515 $345 $345


Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 (E.O.E.) Refer to General Booking Conditions

King Chalet Accommodation prices

Duration Diver/Non Diver 1 Person 2 People 3 People
3 days/ 2 nights Diver $1,680 $1,120 $1,120
Non Diver $1,460 $975 $975
4 days/ 3 nights Diver $2,240 $1,495 $1,495
Non Diver $1,905 $1,270 $1,270
5 days/ 4 nights Diver $2,770 $1,850 $1,850
Non Diver $2,370 $1,580 $1,580
Extra nights Diver $665 $445 $44
Non Diver $570 $380 $380


Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 (E.O.E.) Refer to General Booking Conditions

Garden View Deluxe (East Lodge), Semi-Detached Beach Chalet, Beach Chalet and Villa Accommodation is also available – contact us for details The Sabah Government has introduced a fee on all people using the jetty in Semporna. The jetty fee is currently set at MYR 10 (about $A4) per person for each use of the jetty i.e. $A8 for the return trip. All dive operators must use the Government run jetty. The Malaysian Government has introduced a Tourism Tax for all non-Malaysians. The tax is currently set at MYR 10 per room per night (about $A4) and is collected by your accommodation on checkout. Peak season surcharge applies to all accommodation during the months of July and August, the week of Chinese National Day (01 to 07 October) and Chinese New Year – 5% surcharge. Single travellers may need to pay an additional transfer surcharge (bus and boat) of up to $A260. The necessity of this surcharge will be confirmed prior to issue of final documentation. In most instances, the surcharge will not be required, as you will usually not be the only person being transferred. A non-refundable reservation deposit of 30% of the Mataking package price is to be paid on confirmation of booking Full payment for the Mataking portion of your trip is to be paid a minimum of 40 days prior to the start of your dive trip.

Photographs copyright to Mataking Reef Dive Resort and Louis Pang. Content courtesy of Reef Dive Resort