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Mataking Island is the ideal getaway for divers to explore a superb variety of sites, which provide home to a wonderful array of marine species, both small and large.

The Mataking Islands make an excellent home base for a diver, with 10 sites around Mataking itself and over 20 more in the surrounding islands, Eel Garden, Coral Garden, Nudibranch Garden, Turtle Playground, Lobsters Lair and Hump Head Point provide a few of these highlights.

With few divers, you can enjoy the schools of barracuda and Spanish mackerel swirling around you as you search the reefs for giant frogfish, mandarin fish, and rare pygmy seahorses. Ribbon eels and leaf fish can also be found among the soft and hard corals covering the Mataking reefs, and if you are lucky you may even see the elusive orangutan crab in all its fuzzy glory.

Please note the UK foreign office advice currently relating to this region. Please speak to our dive team for further advice and information.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, giant jawfish, pygmy seahorse, mandarin fish, common cuttlefish

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

Sipadan & Mataking Discoverer

An excellent twin-centre holiday combining Mataking and Sipadan, two of Borneo’s finest diving locations. Expect to see a variety of pelagics and critters, including manta and eagle rays, giant frogfish and rare pygmy seahorses.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Reef Dive Resort

Situated on the quiet island of Mataking in the Celebes Sea, this exclusive romantic resort is the perfect choice for divers, accommodating up to 100 guests in a variety of delightful rooms and beach villas.