Mataking Dive Resort | Pulau Mataking Sipadan | Dive Sipadan

Mataking Dive Resort | Pulau Mataking Sipadan | Dive Sipadan

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.

 

Mataking Island is located towards the north of Mabul and Sipadan island. It is about 40 minutes boat ride from Semporna. Being only 1 hour from Sipadan island, visitors can combine their stay with day trips to Sipadan. Around three times the size of Sipadan, it is forested in the middle and fringed by blindingly white powder beach.

Sipadan Island, Mabul Island and Kapalai Island are very near each other. These 3 islands are off Semporna town, East Coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

From your location, fly to Kota Kinabalu, then fly for 40 minutes to Tawau. From Tawau, go to Semporna by bus or taxi which will take about 1 hour. From Semporna, you will take the resort speed boat to Mabul Island where your resort is located. The boat ride will take another 45 minutes. Mabul Island will be your gateway to diving around the 3 islands.

If you prefer a leisurely pace, you can spend a night either in Tawau or Semporna. Tawau is the bigger town compared to Semporna. But both offer unique experiences and excellent fresh seafood.

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Transfers to Resort

If you are already in Tawau or Semporna, your resort has free transfers to Mabul Island. The resort transport pickup schedule is:

Pick up location Time
Tawau 0700 hours
Semporna 0900 hours

If you are flying in and want to reach Mabul Island as quickly as possible, plan to arrive at Tawau airport by 1400 hours and your resort transport can pick you up at the airport and whisk you away to the island right away. Otherwise you might have to spend a night in Semporna or Tawau. We recommend the following flights:

Flight № Departs Departure Arrival Boat from Semporna
MH2121 Malaysia Airlines Kota Kinabalu 0700 0745 0930
Air Asia - AK5152
Kuala Lumpur 0720 1005 1230
Air Asia - AK6122
Kota Kinabalu 0930 1020 1230
MH3063 Malaysia Airlines Sandakan 1015 1055 1230
MH2137 Malaysia Airlines Kota Kinabalu 1315 1400 1600

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International Airline Routes

Most likely you will arrive at Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Lumpur. But there are also a number of flights from other countries flying direct into Kota Kinabalu.

From Brunei, you can fly direct to Kota Kinabalu from Bandar Seri Begawan via:

  • Royal Brunei AirlinesRoyal Brunei Airlines has been around since 1974 and flies to 21 destinations cross Asia, the Middle East, Australasia and Europe.

From Hong Kong, you can fly direct to Kota Kinabalu via:

  • Dragon AirDragon Air has been around since 1985 and flies to over 31 destinations across Asia.
  • Malaysia AirlinesMalaysia Airlines has been around since 1974 and flies to over 100 different destinations today. It is an award winning airline and has recently won the coveted Airline of the Year (Top 10 Airlines of the Year) by Skytrax, UK.

From Philippines, you can fly direct to Kota Kinabalu from Cebu, Manila and Clark via:

  • Air AsiaAir Asia has been around since 1974 and flies to 21 destinations cross Asia, the Middle East, Australasia and Europe.
  • Malaysia Airlines

From Thailand, you can fly direct to Kota Kinabalu from Bangkok via:Mataking Dive Resort | Pulau Mataking Sipadan | Dive Sipadan - Mataking Resort Sipadan

From Singapore, you can fly direct to Kota Kinabalu via:

  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Silk Air – Silk Air is the regional wing of Singapore Airlines. They cater for both business and leisure passengers focusing on destinations around the region.

There are also direct flights into Kota Kinabalu International Airport from China (Guanzhou and Shanghai) Japan (Tokyo and Osaka), South Korea (Seoul) and Taiwan (Taipei and Kaoshiung) via Malaysia Airlines.

If you are from Middle East countries, Europe, United States or United Kingdom, you will likely be flying to Kuala Lumpur International Airport first before flying to Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

Transfers Out Mataking Dive Resort | Pulau Mataking Sipadan | Dive Sipadan - Mataking Resort Sipadan

The resort also has free transfers out of Mabul Island to either Semporna, Tawau or the Tawau Airport. Many divers take the following flights out of Tawau:

Flight № Arrives Departure Arrival Boat from Island
Air Asia - AK5153
Kuala Lumpur 1030 1315 0700
Air Asia - AK6123
Kota Kinabalu 1045 1135 0700
MH3062 - Malaysia Airlines
Sandakan 1115 1155 0700
MH2134 - Malaysia Airlines
Kota Kinabalu 1440 1525 1100
Air Asia - AK6127
Kota Kinabalu 1715 1805 1100
MH2665 - Malaysia Airlines
Kuala Lumpur 1750 2030 1100
Air Asia - AK5155
Kuala Lumpur 1800 2045 1100
Air Asia - AK5157
Kuala Lumpur 2110 2355 1500
Air Asia - AK6116
Kota Kinabalu 2135 2225 1500
MH2148 - Malaysia Airlines
Kota Kinabalu 2140 2225