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Reviewed 3 December 2012

Mataking is like a little island paradise - seems so far away from the gritty town of Semporna. We booked here primarily because we wanted to dive Sipidan and most of the Mabul resorts would not guarantee permits with a booking of less than 6 nights, some would not guarantee them at all. Scuba Junkie guaranteed permits and offered us...

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MatakingIsland, Manager at The Reef Dive Resort, responded to this review

Good Greetings from The Reef Dive Resort, Mataking Island! Trust you are well. Thank you very much for reviewing our resort. It would be such a pleasure to personally welcome you back to our more improved resort soon in the future. Happy New Year 2016! ;) With much appreciation, The Management Team

london
Reviewed 5 November 2012 via mobile

Came here with a big group for a diving trip in July, and although it is a little bit out of the way from Sipadan I can honestly say it is worth it. Out room was called the big travelli fish or something and the room was nice and pretty close to the diving center yay for me! The dive...

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MatakingIsland, Manager at The Reef Dive Resort, responded to this review

Good Greetings from The Reef Dive Resort, Mataking Island! Trust you are well. Thank you very much for reviewing our resort. It would be such a pleasure to personally welcome you back to our more improved resort soon in the future. Happy New Year 2016! ;) With much appreciation, The Management Team

Hobart, Australia
Reviewed 4 November 2012

We had 4 nights/5 days at Mataking Resort and it has a well oiled diving program for learners and experienced divers. My husband did a PADI open water dive course (only student in the group and received fantastic instructions from a very proficient Finnish instructor) and I did 3 dives a day, with one of those days off Sipadan Island....

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MatakingIsland, Manager at The Reef Dive Resort, responded to this review

Good Greetings from The Reef Dive Resort, Mataking Island! Trust you are well. Thank you very much for reviewing our resort. It would be such a pleasure to personally welcome you back to our more improved resort soon in the future. Happy New Year 2016! ;) With much appreciation, The Management Team

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 October 2012

Travelled with my partner here for 5D4N and stayed in a premier deluxe chalet and had a wonderful holiday. The food was wonderful-lots of choice; fish, meat, vegetables, 4-7 different salads alone and a live cooking station etc. Also lots of fruit and cakes which were so tasty. There is access to tea/coffee and water all day in the main...

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MatakingIsland, Manager at The Reef Dive Resort, responded to this review

Good Greetings from The Reef Dive Resort, Mataking Island! Trust you are well. Thank you very much for reviewing our resort. It would be such a pleasure to personally welcome you back to our more improved resort soon in the future. Happy New Year 2016! ;) With much appreciation, The Management Team

Reviewed 14 October 2012

First let me say that Mataking was not my first choice when I was wanting to travel with my daughter and dive Sipadan, but I am sooooo glad we stayed here and highly recommend to divers/snorkelers and those who want to relax. We stayed in King Chalet 8, which is the farthest from the dining area and dive shop but...

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ReefBorneoSabah, General Manager at The Reef Dive Resort, responded to this review

Dear Christye Thank you for selecting The Reef Dive Resort as your vacation home. We are so glad that you enjoyed and brought along memorable experiences. Your feedback is well noted and we shall do everything to please every different nationalities. We look forward to serve you again and again Best wishes to yours and you The team@Mataking Island Thank...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 September 2012

We stayed at Mataking on a 5D4N diver package in a King Chalet and overall we really enjoyed it. Accommodation & Service: The island staff were generally nice, friendly and efficient. We had to wait a couple of hours to get into our chalet as the previous guests had not yet left, which I thought was quite shoddy planning. We...

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ReefBorneoSabah, General Manager at The Reef Dive Resort, responded to this review

Dear Rachel Thank you for reviewing The Reef Dive Resort and choosing The Reef Dive Resort as your vacation host. Your feedback will help us to serve you better. We look forward to serve you again and again Best regards Team@Mataking, The Reef Dive Resort

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 9 September 2012

On the positive side the island is simply paradise,its breathtakingly beautiful. the rooms (we had a chalet) are spacious, clean and nicely decorated, the free wifi worked well and watching the sun go down on the balcony was amazing. we did not join any of the non diving activities but there did seem to be plenty to do out of...

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ReefBorneoSabah, General Manager at The Reef Dive Resort, responded to this review

Dear Affie85 Thank you for reviewing The Reef Dive Resort and choosing The Reef Dive Resort as your preferred vacation host. Your constructive feedback will help us to serve you better. We hope to serve you again and again Best regards The team@Mataking, The Reef Dive Resort

Monza
Reviewed 8 September 2012

Our week in mataking has been fantastic! We spent there the last part of our Malaysian trip and after all that travelling (two families with five little kids,) Mataking was really a nice present. Our kids were thrilled, snorkleling was beautiful, we could see the little turtles released to the seaside, the big turtles swimming near the shoreline, the Sipadan...

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ReefBorneoSabah, General Manager at The Reef Dive Resort, responded to this review

Dear Lida Thank you for choosing The Reef Dive Resort as the magical island for your vacation. We are glad to hear that your family and friends were satisfied and happy. Fantastic. is the word you have described and it will make us strive harder to keep it Magical. We hope to serve you again and again Best wishes from...

Reviewed 20 August 2012

The ones who have gone tru borneoarrives in mataking will definitely enjoy. The hotel is located in a perfect location, far away enough from the dirty water of semporna... The dive center is extremely well equipped, staff is generaly friendly, not missing of initiatives... The reef from the beach is not bad for snorkler... And the price for dive are...

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ReefBorneoSabah, General Manager at The Reef Dive Resort, responded to this review

Dear Gaetan Thank you for choosing The Reef Dive Resort as your Preferred Vacation Destination. I did not have the privilege of meeting you during my absence. Your comment will help us improve our Quality and we certainly look forward to serve you again and again. I would like to respond to your comment: 1. Food: Our Menu Cycle caters...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 June 2012

I have read all the reviews on this site and feel compelled to write my own. I wouldn't say this was a five star hotel experience but it was in terms of character, warmth and charm. We stayed for 4 days 3 nights, my two boys 6 and 4 and loved it. There was plenty of space and entertainment we...

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Thank you so much for your review and we at The Reef Dive Resort will be looking forward to Serve you again and again. We are most glad that you have enjoyed your stay with us and we have managed to satisfy your children's needs. See you @Mataking Island We wish you all the very best and sunny days ahead...

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  • Breakfast included
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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 

Additional Information about The Reef Dive Resort

Address: Mataking 91000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Mataking
Price Range: $590 - $740 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Reef Dive Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 49
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Also Known As:
Pulau Mataking Reef Dive Hotel Pulau Sipadan
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“Ask for renovated rooms. Garden View Nos 1 - 8 are closest to the dive center.”
 of 5 bubbles seowloongf, 22 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Villas are facing west and is near to reception, restaurant, jetty and dive centre”
 of 5 bubbles 784muhda, 14 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Ask for renovated room”
 of 5 bubbles Timkama, 26 Jan 2017 | Read review
“If you tend to dive at a minimum of 3 dives/ day, the Deluxe Garden View Room is just right behind the Dive Center.”
 of 5 bubbles Berry_Ranger, 16 Nov 2016 | Read review
“King Chalet in front rows are good.”
 of 5 bubbles KarenHappuch, 16 Sep 2016 | Read review
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