Mataking Island is located ±40 minutes by boat from Semporna and ±80 minutes from Sipadan.
Home to the first ‘Underwater Post Office’ in Malaysia, one of only a handful in the world, it is also the only island in Sabah to employ a full-time Marine Biology and Eco Conservation team who manages their turtle hatchery and tagging program.
Such is the beauty of the area that several popular TV shows were filmed on the island including Expedition Robinson and Donnavventura.
There is only one resort in Mataking, the exclusive Reef Dive Resort, which is popular among honeymooners and couples.
It is one of only 12 resorts in the area which have been granted Sipadan Permits.
During your time in Mataking, taking a 20-minute leisurely stroll to Pulau Mataking Kecil (literally meaning Small Mataking island) is a must-do.
Things To Do
Sharing the same Alice Channel as Sipadan Island, diving in Mataking offers just as much marvel and splendour.
1. Underwater Post Office
In March 2006, the Reef Dive Resort sank a 40-foot wooden cargo ship to create an artificial reef and serve as a unique underwater mailbox.
Visitors may post their mail underwater by placing it in a waterproof vacuum bag. All letters and postcards are marked with a special rubber stamp to commemorate this one-of-a-kind postal service.
2. Snorkeling & Scuba Diving
Mataking’s excellent diving makes every veteran diver’s list. Dive sites to be explored in Mataking include the Eel Garden, Coral Garden, Nudibranch Garden, Turtle Playground, Lobsters Lair and Hump Head Point.
The waters here are inhabited by exclusive species of corals including staghorn and brain corals. Rainbow runners, leaf fish, sweetlips, gobies and the occasional whale shark on their migration route roam the water here.
3. Turtle Hatchery
During turtle nesting/hatching season, visitors may get to witness turtles laying eggs on the beach and baby turtles being released into the ocean from the hatchery on the island.
4. Peacock Sanctuary
The island has its very own peacock sanctuary, a popular attraction among visitors.
The Reef Dive Resort is the only resort on Mataking. A variety of wedding packages are offered here; the resort is especially popular among newlyweds who mainly visit the island to take wedding photos or stay for a couple of nights.
The Reef Dive Resort has allocations for Sipadan Permits and organizes daily diving trips to Sipadan (80 minutes away by boat) and other islands, including those in Tun Sakaran Marine Park.
Mataking is a low-lying, diamond shaped island consisting of the main island (Mataking Besar) and a small islet (Mataking Kecil).
Mataking Besar and Mataking Kecil are connected by a scenic, sandy beach that runs towards the north of the island.