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Pulau Mataking Reef Dive Resort

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TB212, Jalan Bunga, Fajar Complex, Pulau Sipadan 91000, Malaysia
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place is not the most modern or luxurious as far as the rooms go. Or as far as the food goes. The best thing is the reef right outside your front door! I've been snorkeling around the world and it's the best reef I've ever seen (although I have not seen the Great Barrier Reef, I am sure that... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here for 5 nights on a diving package. First thing to say is that the diving is brilliant, both off the island and on day trips to Sipadan. The dive staff sort out all your kit for you, carry it to and from the boat and are fab. The resort itself was really nice, but I was expecting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We've been here twice and loved it each time. A truly relaxing holiday away from everything. The staff are attentive and entertaining - great place to ring in the New Year! You can walk around the island in one hour and the water is crystal clear. Travelling here involves a plane, bus and boat, buts it totally worth it.

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Langkawi, Malaysia
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our son and myself came for a few days of diving, my wife to enjoy the Island. All of us were extreemely happy with our experience. The diving staff was very professional as well as the whole dive centre. The fact that the two of us had a private dive instructor contributed to the experience. The one day trip to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

This was our first time holidaying at an island resort. And to be honest i don't know how any other resort can top this experience. The staff were all so friendly and attentive. Everyone here seemed like they loved working on the island. Best part - the coral reefs are so close to shore and so magnificent! It was so... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We stayed on Mataking Island for 8 days - my partner was doing open water PADI course and I was on diver's package. I would recommend doing the theory part of the course at home before your holidays so you don't need to worry about it later. The island - absolutely beautiful, amazing snorkeling and diving around the island, breathtaking... More 

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MatakingIsland, Manager at Pulau Mataking Reef Dive Resort, responded to this review

Good Greetings from The Reef Dive Resort, Mataking Island! Thank you very much for reviewing our resort. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us, as we strive to improve with each and every stay. It would be such a pleasure to personally welcome you back to our more improved resort soon in the future. Take care and Happy New Year... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Wonderful island with very competent, friendly dive staff and clean, comfortable rooms. Absolutely beautiful, world-class natural environment, and amongst the best places (resort and location) I've been in the region. Crystal clear water and abundant wildlife just offshore. In terms of dining, they seem to do an excellent grill buffet about once per week. Three negatives: 1) the regular buffet... More 

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MatakingIsland, Manager at Pulau Mataking Reef Dive Resort, responded to this review

Good Greetings from The Reef Dive Resort, Mataking Island! Thank you very much for reviewing our resort. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us, as we strive to improve with each and every stay. It would be such a pleasure to personally welcome you back to our more improved resort soon in the future. Take care and Happy New Year... More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

We stayed at Mataking as part of a Borneo holiday organised by Borneo Dreams in KK. The resort was great with the rooms, food and diving of an excellent standard. The beaches are fantastic, white sand with crystal clear water. The snorkelling was the best I have ever seen. The house reef was teeming with coral, fish and even turtles.... More 

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MatakingIsland, Manager at Pulau Mataking Reef Dive Resort, responded to this review

Good Greetings from The Reef Dive Resort, Mataking Island! Thank you very much for reviewing our resort. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us, as we strive to improve with each and every stay. It would be such a pleasure to personally welcome you back to our more improved resort soon in the future. Take care and Happy New Year... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015 via mobile

Nice island for get away,beautiful beaches.The resort can be better maintain especially the rooms.The bathroom is moldy,can do with some scrubbing.Love the turtles.Staff are friendly and service are acceptable,been to other islands and service are much better.Management need to put more effort on staff training and welfare .Keep up the good work Mataking Reef Resort..i'll be back

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MatakingIsland, Manager at Pulau Mataking Reef Dive Resort, responded to this review

Good Greetings from The Reef Dive Resort, Mataking Island! Thank you very much for reviewing our resort. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us, as we strive to improve with each and every stay. It would be such a pleasure to personally welcome you back to our more improved resort soon in the future. Take care and Happy New Year... More 

Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Can't say enough about the World Class Diving at Rhe Reef Dive Resort in Mataking ~ the dive instructors were exceptional at guiding us to some of the most stunning dives ever (including Sipidan). The accommodations were excellent, food was good, and the resort staff was responsive and polite. Time your trip with the knowledge that TRDR is among the... More 

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MatakingIsland, Manager at Pulau Mataking Reef Dive Resort, responded to this review

Good Greetings from The Reef Dive Resort, Mataking Island! Thank you very much for reviewing our resort. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us, as we strive to improve with each and every stay. It would be such a pleasure to personally welcome you back to our more improved resort soon in the future. Take care and Happy New Year... More 

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