Malaysia scuba diving - pulau mataking island dive sites of Malaysia.
Mataking is located on the east coast of Sabah not far from
the more renowned island of Sipadan and Mabul. It is one of the
latest additions on the diving map of Sabah and is fast
becoming a divers haven due to its largely unexplored diving sites.
Located to the north of Mabul Island, Mataking is about 3 times the
size of Sipadan and is only a 40 minutes boat ride away from the
town of Semporna on mainland Sabah.
There are more than 30 dive
sites in and around Mataking and the surrounding islands of Pandanan,
Timba-timba and Buhai Dulang. Swim along with the barracuda, rainbow
runner, turtles, trevallys, tuna and other rare species of fish. If
you are lucky whale shark are also commonly sighted. Be awe stuck by
the nudibranch and other macro fauna that have made the western reef
their home. Head over to the Alice channel on the eastern shores
which stretches across to Sipadan island. The D'Wall, Nudibranch
heaven, Barracuda Point and Picturesque reef are some of the sites
that are not to be missed.
Life on land in Mataking is equally as interesting. Green
turtles and Hawksbill turtles occasionally come up to lay eggs on
Mataking's sandy shores. Coconut crabs can also be seen scurrying up
a tree. If you prefer bird's eye view of Mataking, climb up the
King's watchtower and enjoy the breathtaking sights. Not to be
missed is taking a stroll down the 1 km sandbar that connects
Mataking Besar and Mataking kecil on low tide. The water literally
split into half as you wade across the two islands.
Next Semporna group of Island