Celebes Sea near Semporna, Malaysia

Getting to The Reef Dive Resort

This resort is located on Mataking Besar Island, East Coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. The nearest airport to this resort is Tawau Airport.


From your location, find your way to Tawau Airport and the resort coordinator will pick you up at the airport. Plan to arrive before 2 p.m., otherwise you will need to spend a night in Semporna and only transfer to the island the next day.

Airpot ArrivalLand Transfer TimeBoat Transfer Time
Before 10:30 a.m.10:30 p.m.12 p.m.
Before 2 p.m.2 p.m.3:30 p.m.

There are two boat transfers between Semporna (Seafest Jetty) and Mabul Island available daily. If you arrive Tawau Airport before 10:30 a.m., you will take the 12 p.m. boat transfer. If you arrive before 2 p.m., you will take the 3:30 p.m. boat transfer.

Arrive Tawau Airport

Main flight routes to Tawau Airport includes from Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI-TWU) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL-TWU).

There are aslo flights from Sandakan to Tawau (SDK-TWU), if you plan on visiting Sandakan before going to Tawau.

From here, a resort coordinator will meet you at the airport arrival hall.

Land Transfer to Seafest Jetty

Transfer from airport to Seafest Jetty, located about 3 minutes away from Semporna town centre. The journey will take about 90 minutes.

Boat Transfer to Mataking Island

Boat transfers from Seafest Jetty takes 60 minutes to arrive at Mataking Island.


Plan to take the 3:30 p.m. flight or later out of Tawau.

Boat Transfer TimeLand Transfer TimeAirport Departure
11 a.m.12 p.m.3:30 p.m. or later
2 p.m.3 p.m.6:30 p.m. or later

If your flight is at 3:30 p.m. or later, you will take the 11 a.m. boat transfer. Similarly, if your flight is at 6:30 p.m. or later, you will take the 2 p.m. boat transfer.

Boat Transfer to Seafest Jetty

Boat transfers from Mataking Island will take 60 minutes to arrive Seafest Jetty.

Land Transfer to Tawau Airport

Transfer from jetty to Tawau Airport. The journey will take about 90 minutes.

Depart Tawau Airport

Depart Tawau Airport to your next destination.


Private or unscheduled land and boat transfer services can be arranged at an additional cost.

Local departures are subject to flight arrival time, weather conditions, group size and/or any unforseen irregularity. In the event due to insufficient number of guests to fill up the boat/coach, the resort may need to rearrange the above transportation time table.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the content of this timetable. However, the schedules are subject to change without prior notice and travelers are therefore advised to check with us on the latest information regarding the most suitable schedule as the resort cannot be held responsible for any delay, cancellation, missed flight or missed connection.

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