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The Reef Dive Resort

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Mataking 91000, Malaysia
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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.
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After a week’s adventure travel in Sabah, our stay at Mataking Island was extremely welcome! We spent a very relaxing few days in the resort which is run by extremely attentive, warm and professional staff. The food was delicious and the accommodation and f
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My husband and I went to Mataking island for 3 nights and 4 days in mid Sep 2018, we chose the least expensive category of room, but it did not disappoint us at all. All staff are all very friendly and polite.The room was tidy, clean and also spacious. The only thing that we didn
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My stay at Mataking Island with my family was resumed at this simple but mean full sentence - we arrived as a guest and leave as a friend.

When I was there, I remembered of all the bad reviews I’ve read and try to understand them…because it couldn’t be true….me and my family we
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Stunningly beautiful on land, underwater and inbetween.

Do not confuse this resort with a typical 5 star chain resort.

It is a home made resort and with it comes quirks-some good, some bad, but under-laying everything is a local staff doing their best to keep you smiling.

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very ok. very good.it is a beautiful island. little tourists. quiet. the room is very big, clean, and also has well-equipped facilities. the scenery is very good,the underwater landscape is great, we see big turtles and lion fish and many beautiful fish.
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Hi ChrisKurtGabel How did you find it going from the resort to Sipidan? 90 minutes seems like a long time to be sitting in a boat to a dive site. Did you get 3 dives in comfortably? thanks for your help
The trip was bumpy on the way there and you will be accompanied by soldiers for protection as they had some issues a couple of years ago. We got three dives in easily and it was well worth it. Sipidan has a beach and you will have lunch there before your final dive. It is absolutely worth every second of the trip there and back!!!
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what brand of sim card works at mataking? looking to buy in KL.
I only used the Wi-Fi that was provided at the resort. Be warned though, it's slow.
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Hi! Can I ask if this resort includes food? I am looking at a package of 3 days and 2 nights, however, if you have to buy food on top then it may be quite an expensive day! Can anyone tell me what kind of food is served (I don't eat fish!) Thank you!
if you have any food restriction, you may inform this upon reservation then make clear with the restaurant staff again on arrival. the chef can prepare one special dish for you then have a look what you could have from the buffet line. i would suggest double checking on your every meal and if you find anything suspicious you can ask for something else. I was there on a gluten-free restriction, I survived, and had fun to the max :)
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Hi, we are planning to visit from 23-27 March 2016 - 1 adults and 1 8 year old boy Is this accessible by road from the airport? How far is it? 2. How far is this from the Sepilok Orangutan resort and the cost / mode of travel to these places? 3. Are there lots of kids activities / things to do? 4. Room options? Many thanks Siddhant
You need to take a boat from Semporna for about 45 minutes. From Sepilok is quite far. Please be aware that most of the guests are Chinese and therefore food is mainly chinese.
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Beach Chalet Vs Beach Villa ? - anyone has any input, which is a better option for my parents. I and my siblings will be staying at the garden deluxe but we want to make the villa / beach chalet as our main family chill out place during the day. (chit chat, gather, etc) - On the other hand, the jacuzzi of villa is located at the back so, can't use it while looking at the ocean. And the jacuzzi in the beach chalet looks cleaner in the picture compared to the villa. - but beach chalet does not have a dining table where we can play cards etc to hangout like beach villa. - villa is nearer to the jungle so i am afraid they might have more mosquitoes. - which is better to snorkel.. beach chalet (east beach) or villa (west beach). WOuld appreciate the help as which is a better choice. As I read in the room tips that beach chalet is most value and better location than villa. (But why is it villa is more expensive?)
Warmest Greetings from The Reef Dive Resort, Mataking Island! Dear rufusqueen, Good day! We would recommend Villa the better alternative for you and your family to gather along for leisure, and spending quality time together. The better location to snorkel is at the West beach, sea in East side is much more warmer, shallower but slightly hard to see school of fishes. Supposedly Villa is the luxurious room type among of other room types, however since last year, we have built the newest chalet (beach chalet) and also Semi-Detached Beach Chalet. Thus, we have decided to put these two room types of Beach Chalet and Villa to the same rates starting from 1st April 2015 till now. Unlike Semi-Detached Beach Chalet will be slightly cheaper followed by King Chalet and to the standard room known as Garden View Deluxe. In any case, it is all about your preferences and choice though, in order to keep in touch with us, send us an inquiry email for more info on the updated rates and comprehensive files. Thank you very much for your attention. Have a pleasant day ahead. Kind Regards, Resort Management Officer
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"The least expensive rooms in this resort are not going to disappoint you. However, it is not sound proof."
"viila is big. quiet"
"Beach Chalets were the best, however do not go here - not worth it"
"Villa room"
"Bungalow Villa"
$996 - $1,065 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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