Mataking Island

Dive Map Mataking Island Semporna Sabah

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Description :
Mataking is a picture-perfect island with its white sandy beaches that perimeters the island, swaying palm trees, crystal clear waters and dive sites suits both macro and pelagic lovers… Mataking has it all. Some have even likened Mataking to the “Maldives of Malaysia” as it is a popular paradise for honeymooners. Another unique feature Mataking offers is its underwater post box. You can legitimately post your mail underwater. This is definitely a place not to be missed.
Where is it :
Semporna, Sabah, East Malaysia
Number of dive sites :
Type of Diving :
Guided – boat, deep, drift, wreck, night
Skill Level :
Beginner to advanced
Main Diving Attraction :
Malaysia’s first underwater post box, and pelagics (grey reef sharks, manta rays, hammerhead sharks, eagle rays).

* Insider info: If lady luck is on your side, whale sharks can be spotted too (typically between April to June). Also, the turtle hatching seasons generally runs from May to August.

Average Water Temperature :
27°C (80.6°F) to 30°C (86.0°F)
Seasonality :
All year round (peak season typically runs from March to August)
Typical Visibility :
10m (32ft) to 20m (65ft)
General Current Conditions :
Mild to strong
Family / Non-Diver Friendly :
Availability of Other Leisure Activities :
Snorkelling, beach soccer, fishing, bird watching, SPA treatment, cooking lessons, island hopping, sea kayak.
Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau :
None in Mataking. Available at Semporna.
Availability of Medical Facility :
None in Mataking (but there is a Malaysian Naval Base on the island). Available at Semporna.
Here are some of our favorite dive sites 🙂
Shipwreck Post :
• Maximum depth: 22m
• Currents: Low to mild
A small fishing boat was sunk here to create an artificial reef which attracts loads of marine life including jacks, moray eels, lionfish and frogfish. But the real attraction is that you can post your mail here at Malaysia’s first ever underwater post box!
North Point :
• Maximum depth: 40m
• Currents: Moderate to strong
Located behind Mataking Kecil, is a vertical wall dive with the occasional currents. At 37m, there is a cleaning station which attracts pelagics such as grey reef sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, and if you’re lucky, hammerhead sharks! As you ascend to the shallower parts of the wall, keep an eye out for turtles which are commonly seen together with coral cat sharks and beautiful ribbon eels.
Garden of Eden :
• Maximum depth: 25m
• Currents: Mild
Back rolling into clear waters, you start by dropping down to the seabed around 20-25m where the floor is carpeted with brown and orange soft corals, with sea-pens dotted along the floor. The healthy reef plays home to a host of nudibranchs, gobies, blue-spotted rays, and moray eels. All this while you are surrounded by a myriad of reef inhabitants such as surgeonfish, moorish idols, and angelfish.
House Reef :
• Maximum depth: 50m
• Currents: Mild
Probably one of the finest shore dives in the region, where you dive along a wall that slopes down to 50m to a sandy plateau. Take a look under the jetty, and you are likely to find Charlie – its resident Great Barracuda. In the shallow waters, octopus, lionfish, and stonefish are almost always seen. You should also keep your eyes peeled for sights such as nudibranchs, squat lobsters, cuttlefish whilst being visited by schools of jacks, batfish, trumpetfish, and groupers all competing for your attention.
Nearest Jetty :
Semporna Jetty
* Approximately 1hr boat ride to Mataking Island
Address :
Taman Bandar Semporna, 91308, Semporna, Sabah
Nearest Airport :
Tawau Airport (IATA: TWU)
Estimated Travel Time to Jetty from Tawau Airport :
1.5hrs (by car), with average one way taxi fares of ~RM100
Estimated Travel Time to Jetty from Kota Kinabalu :
8hrs (by car), or 10hrs (by bus) with average one way bus fare of ~RM80

Price reference based on 4D3N diving packages

  • Mataking Island, Semporna, Sabah

    Mataking (The Reef) Dive Resort

    Packages from RM3,465

    An exclusive romantic destination right in the heart of what most calls it the “Maldives” of Malaysia. Luxury, tranquility, and sheer beauty await you at Mataking (The Reef) Dive Resort.

  • Bum Bum Island, Semporna, Sabah

    ND Divers

    Packages from RM1,450

    Dive with the locals, that is their motto. A simple homestay styled dive center with its private house reef offering the best local experience around Semporna.

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