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 television shows have been filmed here, including Expedition Robinson, a Swedish survival show also filmed in Pulau Pom Pom, and Donnavventura, an Italian travel reality show.
Things To Do
Underwater Post Office
In March 2006, a 40-foot wooden cargo ship was sunk 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.
Snorkeling & scuba diving
Sharing the same Alice Channel as Sipadan Island, diving in Mataking offers just as much marvel and splendour.
Dive sites to be explored here 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 waters here.
During turtle nesting/hatching season, visitors get to witness turtles laying eggs on the beach and baby turtles being released into the ocean from the island’s hatchery.
The island has its very own peacock sanctuary, a popular attraction among visitors.
The exclusive Reef Dive Resort is the only resort in Mataking.
It is especially popular among newlyweds and couples, who often stay a few nights or have their wedding photos taken here, where a variety of wedding packages are offered.
The resort is also one of several resorts in the area that offer unlimited house reef diving.
Daily diving trips to Sipadan (±80 minutes away by boat) and other islands, including those in Tun Sakaran Marine Park, are organized.
Mataking is a low-lying, diamond-shaped island consisting of the main island (Mataking Besar) and a small islet (Mataking Kecil).
Mataking Besar and Kecil are connected by a scenic, sandy beach that runs towards the north of the island.
During your time here, taking a 20-minute leisurely stroll on the beach between the two islands is a must-do.