The Reef Dive Resort, Mataking Island
Sabah / Malaysia
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 Alice Channel which is about 100 meters deep connects Mataking to Sipadan Island just 80 minutes boat ride away. Powdery sand, crystal clear turquoise water, enchanting reefs and magical undersea paradise. 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 alike. Whether it is a retreat for yourself or exciting undersea exploration, you’ll find Mataking the perfect choice.
Described by one of our recent guests as one of the most beautiful places on earth, this island really does offer you everything reminiscent of a Robinson Crusoe island. For a small island, the jungle is expansive with so much to explore. Hidden treasures within include nesting turtles on the beaches, critically endangered coconut crabs in the undergrowth and flying foxes at night.
The accommodation at the resort has been meticulously planned as to not disturb the fragile eco-system that has been resident on the island for thousands of years, with all materials used from sustainable forestry. For a full view of the island, climb our 20metre watchtower for a traditional bird’s eye view. In no other place can you see both the Philippines and the coast of Malaysia from just one vantage point.
The resort is caressed by the tropical sea breeze. 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.
The resort has a total of 37 rooms consisting of Villa, Chalet and Premier Deluxe. ~ Deluxe/Premier Deluxe rooms are individual rooms linked/joined together in a traditional long house type (+ 430 to 490sq.ft) while Chalet rooms are single bungalows raised on its own stilts providing more privacy with high pointed ceilings (+ 685 to 705 sq.ft). ~ The luxurious Villas are our latest addition of individual beach houses overlooking the magical sea.
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?
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!
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.
Wireless Broadband & Internet Connection (minimal charges, available at restaurant & reception only)
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!