The nearest town to this resort is Semporna town, East Coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Depending on where you are coming from, you will likely have to transit at Kota Kinabalu.
From your location, fly to Kota Kinabalu, then fly for 45 minutes to Tawau. From Tawau, the resort will transfer you to Semporna which will take about 90 minutes. From Semporna, you will take the resort speed boat to Mataking Island. The boat ride will take another 60 minutes. Mataking Island will be your gateway to diving around Mataking Kecil and Mataking Besar Islands, Pandanan Island, Timba-Timba Island, Bohayan Island and Baturua Reef.
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.
Transfers to Resort
If you are already in Tawau or Semporna, The Reef Dive Resort has free transfers to Mataking Island. The resort transport pick-up schedule is:
If you are flying in and want to reach Mataking Island as quickly as possible, plan to arrive at Tawau airport before 3:00 p.m. Otherwise you might have to spend a night in Semporna or Tawau.
There are 3 boat transfers from Semporna to Mataking Island daily: at 9:30 a.m., 12 noon and 4:30 p.m.
The 9:30 a.m. boat transfer is for guests who overnight at either Tawau or Semporna.
|Flight №||Departs||Departure Time||Arrival Time||Boat Schedule from Semporna|
|Kota Kinabalu||7:25 a.m.||8:15 a.m.||12 noon|
|Sandakan||8:55 a.m.||9:35 a.m.||12 noon|
|Kuala Lumpur||7:05 a.m.||9:50 a.m.||12 noon|
|Kota Kinabalu||9:05 a.m.||9:55 a.m.||12 noon|
|Kota Kinabalu||8:50 a.m.||10:00 a.m.||12 noon|
|Kuala Lumpur||7:25 a.m.||10:15 a.m.||12 noon|
|Kuala Lumpur||10:00 a.m.||12:55 p.m.||4:30 p.m.|
|Kota Kinabalu||12:30 p.m.||1:20 p.m.||4:30 p.m.|
|Kota Kinabalu||1:50 p.m.||2:40 p.m.||4:20 p.m.|
Plan to take the 3:00 p.m. flight or later out of Tawau so that you don’t have to leave a day earlier.
We recommend the following flights for your departure:
|Flight №||Arrives||Departure Time||Arrival Time||Boat Schedule from Mataking Island|
|Kota Kinabalu||3:05 p.m.||3:55 p.m.||11:00 a.m.|
|Kuala Lumpur||3:40 p.m.||6:25 p.m.||11:00 a.m.|
|Kota Kinabalu||5:10 p.m.||6:00 p.m.||11:00 a.m.|
|Sandakan||5:10 p.m.||5:50 p.m.||11:00 a.m.|
|Kota Kinabalu||6:25 p.m.||7:15 p.m.||2:00 p.m.|
|Kuala Lumpur||6:55 p.m.||9:40 p.m.||2:00 p.m.|
|Kota Kinabalu||9:45 p.m.||10:35 p.m.||2:00 p.m.|