Just got back from our 3 night vacation at Mataking. We have travelled quite a bit around SE Asia and can say this was one of our best holidays. The staff at Mataking were absolutely amazing and extremely friendly. Always went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable. Just an amazing setting. Myself, wife and son went diving while my two other girls were attended to by a staff member who was excellent. While I was disappointed that there were no permits to Sipadan available, this was really the fault of my travel agent who had indicated that this could be arranged when I arrived at the resort. This is not the case and needs to be arranged well in advance. Despite this disappointment, we still got to go on some great dives. The clarity of the water was amazing and there was a great diversity of marine life to view. There is also great snorkeling right in front of the resort. We stayed in a King Chalet and is was great for our family of 5. Housekeeping was fantastic and the room was always cleaned while we were at breakfast. We really enjoyed sitting out on the deck at the restaurant and taking in the sunsets. A fantastic place and really look forward to returning again (this time to dive at Sipadan).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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.The resort is caressed by the tropical sea breeze. Our 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. Enjoy Malaysian and International cuisine with an enticing spread of fresh local seafood or relish the weekend barbecued favorites at our sea facing restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pulau Mataking Reef Dive Hotel Pulau Sipadan