Diving on Mataking Island – Malaysiae

28.07.2019 by Editor Team

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“…mi pulau Mataking”. Friendly faces shine with the cloudless Malaysian sky. At the jetty of Mataking Island the guests are received by the staff with a song. The shallow water around Mataking shows its most beautiful turquoise. With Mataking Island a new star has risen in the diver sky. It is a 16 hectare paradise in the Celebes Sea.

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Diving on Mataking Island

The island is privately owned. The Reef Dive Resort will remain the only facility. On the fine sandy beaches all around, non-divers will also feel at home. From an observation tower in the middle of the island you can see the tropical greenery. In addition, the sister island Mataking Kecil and the other islands in front of the bay of Semporna on Borneo. 

Diving takes place at one of the 30 spots around Mataking, Mataking Kecil and other islands in the area. Some of these dive sites are known for their currents. The changing visibility also depends on this. Coral gardens with colorful vegetation, drop-offs and a beautiful house reef. These are the strengths of diving on Mataking Island. The diversity of species here is well known. Large rays, reef sharks and turtles can be seen here at any time. In addition there are the very special sightings. Nudibranchs crawl over the reef. Frogfish squat lazily between the corals. Furry orang-utang crabs will aggressively stretch their scissors towards you. Mandarin fish leave the protection of the corals at dusk to mate.

The best dive sites on Mataking Island Diving on Mataking Island

Diving at Picturesque Reef (House Reef): Situated directly in front of the dive center. On a sandy slope there are densely overgrown corals and numerous macro motifs. Batfish, octopuses and turtles complete the picture.

Diving at Sweetlips Rock: The reef is not in the foreground here. But the mandarin fish, which can be seen everywhere at dusk. At the entrance the place is very colorful, small caves are occupied with glass fish. Ideal place for early night dives. 

Diving at Bohayan Island: Coral gardens with rare animals. Orang-utan crabs, toadfish and false stonefish. But also rays and reef sharks populate this place.

Diving at Pandanan Island: A steep wall rich in species with sponges, hard and soft corals. Moray eels and turtles are among the inhabitants, along with the typical reef fish.

Diving at Lobster Lair: Various species of anemone, scorpion and crocodile fish. Nudibranchs and dazzling mantis shrimps not only delight photographers.

Want to dive on Mataking Island?

We will select the right diving schools for you according to your specifications.
They will then send you free and non-binding offers within a few days.
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