The Reef Dive Resort, Mataking Island

 Sabah / Malaysia



Tour Code : PA/053/MTK01

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.    

Corner settees
Vanity table & chair
Wooden wardrobe
Twin / King-sized beds
Coffee / Tea Maker facilities
Mini bar / Astro (Satellite TV)
Room Towels / Hair Dryer
Daily Housekeeping + Wake Up Call
Electricity / Power Point (220-240 volts)
Daily Housekeeping + Wake Up Call

Provision of Toiletries
(Conditioning shampoo + soap only)

Remote controlled air-conditioner + Ceiling Fan

Private Shower Bathroom with Hot / Cold Showers

Dental kit + Cotton Bud + Comb + Shower Cap

Complimentary 500ml Drinking Water per guest (arrival day only)

In-House Intercom System (To reception / IDD calls connection)

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? 

King Chalet

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! 

Beach Villa
These are the newest addition to the Mataking family and 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 hand crafted 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. 

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)

Coral Bar
Gekko Lounge Bar
Island Shop
Island Sound Studio
Exotic Garden
Mailing Service
Satellite TV
Activity Desk

5 Beach Villas
8 Executive King Chalets
24 Premier deluxe rooms
Safekeeping Service
Telephone & Fax
Jamu Spa & Jacuzzi
PADI 5 Star Dive Centre

Sea Sports Centre
20m King’s Watchtower
Simply 'Enak' Restaurant
Crown's Conference Hall
Nemo Business Centre
Island Underwater Imaging
Beach Volley Ball & Beach Soccer
First Aid & Emergency Kit

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!


More resort photos and information (click)


RATE (RM - Ringgit Malaysia) valid from 01 Apr 2017 - 31 Mar 2018











Garden View Deluxe





King Chalet





Beach Chalet (Semi-D)





Non Diver





Garden View Deluxe





King Chalet





Beach Chalet (Semi-D)















Garden View Deluxe





King Chalet





Beach Chalet (Semi-D)





Non Diver





Garden View Deluxe





King Chalet





Beach Chalet (Semi-D)





* Package Inclusive Of :

* Airport Meeting Service

* Return Land/Boat Transfer

   (Tawau Airport – Semporna Jetty – Mataking Island Semporna Jetty – Tawau Airport)

* Full board meals, free flow of coffee/tea and light snacks

* Twin sharing accommodation at Mataking Island with air-conditioning, fresh hot water

   shower and attached bathroom with private sundeck / balcony, Complimentary use

   of Jacuzzi.


* Note :

* All Rate Subject to 6% of Goods & Services Tax of total sales 

* 5% Peak Period Surcharge Applicable for the months of July to August ‘17

   Chinese National Day, 1-7 Oct ’17 | Chinese New Year, 15-21 Feb ’18 


* Children (Share Room with Parents).

Child aged below 4 years old  30% of Non Diver Rates

Child aged below 12 years old 50% of Non Diver Rates 


* The above rates Exclude compulsory Jetty fee of RM 2 per person per entrance for Malaysian Identification Card holder Jetty fee of RM 10 per person per entrance for International passport holder 


* Group Booking : 1 Person is Free for every 10 paying persons (with the same arrival and departure time).  If group consists of both Resorters and Divers, then one Resorter package will be extended free. 

* Special Offer : For a group booking of, 6 divers & above with a minimum stay of 5D/4N on the same arrival & departure time is entitled for a special offer of a FREE day diving trip to Sipadan Island, msubject to the approval of Sipadan permit by Sabah Parks authorities, excluding entry permit of RM 40 per diver per day 

(The Resort reserves the final decision and right to determine the destination / number of boat dives for this special offer) 

Below terms and conditions applies and Not granted for single occupancy requirement. 


Terms And Conditions :

* Above rates is per person and based on a Twin / Triple sharing basis. Minimum 2 adults.

* If the room consists of only one adult and one child, the room charges shall base on 2 adults price.

* No combination of package is allowed (e.g. 2 nights of dive package plus 1 night of non-diver package).

* Single Traveler: Additional 50% on top of the total package for single room occupancy applies. In any event there is no other guests to meet the minimum requirement for the land and boat transfer, there will be an additional of RM 250 per way for land transfer and RM 475 per way for boat transfer.

* Any children who are certified diver will have to pay Full divers rates regardless of their age and parents are to be held responsible for their children at all times.

* Guests who wish to extend their stay while at the resort are required to settle the full payment to us for any extension stay charges upon check-out.

* Proof of Identity, Nationality and Dive License is required.


* Diver Package includes 3 daily boat dives at Mataking / Pandanan / Bohayan / Kelapuan / Timba timba

/ Pom Pom with experience guide provided & unlimited shore buddy dives without guide. Tanks, weights / weight belt is provided.

* Dive packages are subjected to our diving schedules and regulations as set by our dive centre.

* Equipment rental is Not included in any of our Non Diver / Diver Packages.

Please note: Rental of One Full set of Dive Equipment is RM 85 per day and one set Snorkeling Equipment is RM 30 per day. Limited sets and subject to availability.

* Non Diver packages Cannot be converted to Dive package once the guest has arrived at our resort. Non Divers with certified dive license who wish to go for diving activities will be charged at RM 100 per dive regardless of check dive, boat dive or shore dives - Not including dive equipment rental.

* Note: Full details on guests’ personal particulars and flight details at least 14 days in advance before the guest arrival. Failing which a surcharge of RM 475 per booking shall be imposed.


* Cancellation / changes of boat schedule : In the event if we encounter a bad weather condition or unforeseen circumstances which render a cancellation of last boat transfer into the island for reasons of safety or commercial reasons. All relevant food and lodging costs for the overnight stay will be arranged and absorbed by the company in lieu of the cost staying in Mataking. There will be NO further claims or refunds for such incidental circumstances.


* Affirmation & liability release letter : Upon arrival, guests are required to sign an affirmation and liability release letter for the benefits of all parties.


* Final discrepancy 

Above prices and conditions are subject to change from time to time as required due to unforseen circumstances. 

The company shall NOT be held responsible and reserve the rights to charge the customer for any additional costs rendered by any last minute cancellations, delays and changes of any arrangement made by the customer (Less than 48 hours Before Arrival Time as per schedule). Guests are also recommended to follow our recommended flights in order to connect to our daily normal boat transfer in and out from the island to minimize the waiting time. 

All types of activities being offered by the company on the island especially dive activities are subjects to bad sea, weather conditions / poor visibility and also divers’ own physical abilities (eg. injuries, intoxication, hangovers, etc). Therefore, we reserve the final decision and rights to either proceed or abort any activities / dives for any safety reasons. 

Flying After Diving (Last day at resort) – It is recommended that divers are to wait a minimum of 18 hours and sometimes up to 24 hours before they fly. However, we, at The Reef believes that this differ from different individuals, agencies and even dive computer / dive tables. If divers choose to dive less than 18 hours (recommended hours) before they fly, they will be required to sign a separate Liability/Release Form for this matter. However, this is still subjects to the approval of the Dive Centre management.


Booking, Confirmation, Cancellation Policy please refer to our reservation email.



Travel Information (Land & Sea Transfer Schedule) 

3 Times Daily Boat Transfer INTO Mataking Island 

airport pick up boat in arrive island
0830 0930 1030
1030 1200 1300
1530 1630 1730

 2 Times Daily Boat Transfer OUT FROM Mataking Island 

boat out jetty pick up arrive airport
1100 1200 1330
1400 1500 1630

* Guests are recommended to follow the above flights which are connected to our daily Regular

boat schedule to minimize waiting time at the airport/Semporna.

* For Guests who cannot make it for the last boat schedule at 1630hrs (from Semporna) due to any delay or unforeseen circumstances will be required to put a night stay at Tawau. We can assist in hotel reservation if required.

* We shall provide transfer arrangement to hotel in Tawau for guests arriving after 1500hrs.

* For Guests staying overnight at hotel shall be picked up from hotel early next morning at 0730hrs to be transferred for onward journey to Semporna Jetty followed by 0930hrs boat into Mataking Island.

* For group bookings, please enquire for any special boat or land transfer required.

* Private/ unscheduled land and boat transfer service can be arranged at RM1200 for a return way.

* Advance Arrival Exception: We can only provide airport transfer to guests who wish to arrive One Day earlier of check in day at Mataking Island.

* Local departures are subject to flight arrival time, weather conditions, group size and / or any unforeseen irregularity. In the event due to insufficient number of guests to fill up our boat/coach, we may need to re-arrange the above transportation time table.

* Please contact us for final arrangement. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the content of this timetable at the time of printing. However, the schedules are subject to change without prior notice and travelers are therefore advised to check with on the latest information regarding the most suitable schedule as The Reef Dive Resort cannot be held responsible for any delay, cancellation, missed flight or missed connection.

* Please note that our resort normal Check In time is 1400 and Check Out time is 1100. Any early check in or late check out will be subjected to room availability especially during peak season.



* Supplementary Trip to Sipadan Island (Inclusive Sipadan Permit Fee, Exclusive 6% GST) :

RM1,100 (1 pax), RM450 (2 pax), RM330 (3 Pax), RM270 (4 pax), RM235 (5 Pax), RM200 (6 & 7 pax) 

* Trip Schedule :

07:00hrs - Breakfast at Restaurant 07:30hrs - Boat transfer to Sipadan Island

09:00hrs - Expected arrival at Sipadan Island and report to Sabah Park. 1st dive/snorkeling

11:00hrs - Estimated 2nd dive / snorkeling

12:00hrs - Lunch (packed from resort) 13:30hrs - Estimated 3rd dive / snorkeling

15:00hrs - Boat transfer back to Mataking Resort 16:30hrs - Expected arrival back to Mataking Resort

Terms & Conditions

All guests have to book in advance in order to secure our daily allocated permit (7 permits per day only and first come first serve basis) 

The resort determines the right to decide the date for the Sipadan trip during the duration stay of the guests. 

Once we have confirmed the Sipadan Trip, guests will need to pay for the above charges (payment to be made upon check out at the resort), unless we have other replacement for your permit and boat space or under special circumstances. 

In the event that the trip is cancelled due to weather condition that does not warrant the safety of the guests, guests’ personal reasons or other reasons, the guests will still need to pay for the Sipadan permit fee at RM 40.00 per person. 

Important Note : Due to the restricted Sipadan entry permit quota set by Sabah Parks, guests are required to submit Full Names with Nationality, Gender, Passport Numbers and contact address for us to proceed with the permits application at least 14 days in advance prior to arrival in order to allow sufficient time to process and obtain the permit approval. Failure to do this can result in Guest being denied entry to Sipadan Island.



Ping Anchorage Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd.
77A, Jalan Sultan Sulaiman, 20000 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia.
Tel : (609) 626 2020  Fax : (609) 626 2022 / 622 8093 E-mail :
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