{Sabah} Mataking Island, Semporna – Part 1

one of happiest moment of my life was the 10 weeks during my industrial training at Sandakan, Sabah. Kikilala and KimHock was the companions i had. and we were so lucky our bossie was too awesome i don’t even. thanks to him we get to explore most part of Sabah namely Kota Kinabalu, Lahad Datu, Tawau and Semporna! with him being the chauffeur LOL! we even went for a beach getaway together when our training ended!

pictures were taken on 14-15th June 2009 (OH GOSH THREE WHOOPING YEARSSS AGO)! so there might be some changes since then!

YESH Mataking Island the final vacation, before bossie and us parted!

we boarded a boat from Semporna, which is inclusive in the package. at RM 360 per head, you’ll get a room for a night (shared between 2 person or among three), all meals included plus return boat ride (Semporna – Mataking Island). i guess it’s will be more than RM 400 now?

Mabul and Sipadan Island are the two islands more widely known at Semporna, but we chose Mataking the less traveled cos 1. the latter island is less commercialized 2. it’s cheaper (economic is always student’s best friend) 3. we don’t dive (Sipadan’s diver’s heaven!).

these wooden houses are real ones where people actually live in there. you’ll get to see many of these around Sabah.

notice how the sea water changed.

from turquoise

to this dark blue shade

and then baby blue!!!

see our country has got maldive’s material sea too. 😀

The Reef Dive Resort is the ONE & ONLY resort at Mataking Island.

Kikilala & i shared a room while Bossie & KimHock’s next door.

we were put up at Premier Delux.

every corner is picturesque here. <3

i’ll just let the pictures do the talking…

the background was too gorgeous how could i not camwhore right?

after having our tea break (included), we strolled along the beach.

climbed up watchtower.

mini Mataking Island



of course if you have diving license, GO DIVE!

i was so tempted to pick up diving…but wallet didn’t allow 🙁

there’s limited permit to Sipadan Island daily. so gotta make early reservation!

we did snorkelling  for a while at nearby…but if you have a bunch of you, you may rent a boat to snorkel somewhere middle of the sea. undersea is definitely more fascinating out there!

that’s KimHock and his peace signs and tits. wtf

we then walked to the mini Mataking. it’s low tide in the evening that’s why we could walk over. this trail was submerged the next morning due to high tide.

relaxed and felt the (salty) breeze caressing our faces.

rest & relax, that’s the purpose of this trip anyway. and rested and relaxed we did!




we had the leisure to sit by the beach and enjoy sunset, something we hadn’t do in a long while…


that’s the day, what to  do at night? stay tune!



    1. admin

      November 17, 2012 at 12:56

      indeed! too gorgeous eh? hehe

  1. suituapui

    November 17, 2012 at 14:01

    Beautiful! Paradise on earth!!!
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    1. admin

      November 17, 2012 at 17:04

      hell yeah! there’s still so muchy more to explore in malaysia!

  2. Charmaine

    November 17, 2012 at 19:18

    This is simply breath taking!! Sabah is an awesome place with nice views! <3
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    1. admin

      November 19, 2012 at 01:10

      Uh huh uh huh!

      Was really grateful to spend two months there! Nice beach and freshest seafood!!!

  3. Carolyn T

    November 18, 2012 at 12:38

    I love the sea and sun, and the water so clear. I’ve heard of this island before but haven’t been there. I’m looking forward too!

    1. admin

      November 19, 2012 at 01:12

      Oh you have heard about Mataking Island? Most people only know Mabul and Sipadan lo!

      It has been three years and its still our favourite beach!

    1. admin

      November 19, 2012 at 01:12

      Oh yeah! Too pretty eh

  4. Huai Bin

    November 18, 2012 at 19:31

    OMG that’s so fun! I love Sabah! The islands there are amazing, there’s also Mt. Kinabalu, rapids, and then chilling by the beach – that’s what I did first time.

    I’m missing it already from your photos. 🙂

    1. admin

      November 19, 2012 at 01:17

      One of the thing we regret not doing is, climb Mt Kinabalu :((( oh and pick up diving :(((

      Cos our wallet didn’t allow then. Spent too muchy on traveling around Sabah jor. Nevermind will surely to visit Sabah again geh!

  5. Steven Goh

    November 19, 2012 at 00:28

    Nice place, this would be my to visit next destination. Don’t know when can go after check out the expenses damage is so great.
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    1. admin

      November 19, 2012 at 01:18

      Lol. The price still okay le to working adult. Plus got cheap flight from AirAsia. Moumantai la 😛

  6. Melissa

    November 19, 2012 at 10:27

    Wahh…niceeee place! I heard Mataking island is popular for diving. What else to do there le?
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    1. admin

      November 23, 2012 at 01:36

      what else to do?

      relax by the beach, snorkelling middle of the sea, kap guai lou (ogles at ang mo), watch sun set(!)…basically just reduce your pace, sit back and relax and enjoy life! 😀

  7. Kelly

    November 20, 2012 at 23:18

    Gorgeous photos!! I have not been to Sabah for toooooo long!
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    1. admin

      November 23, 2012 at 01:18

      book your ticket nao Nao NAO! hehehe

      i miss Sabah too!

  8. missyblurkit

    November 21, 2012 at 18:00

    Checking out Sabah next year when I head in for my run. Hopefully my legs can survive my run and continue with my holiday plans!
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    1. admin

      November 23, 2012 at 01:17

      make sure to go visit the beaches around KK! they are as gorgeous!

      btw, what run wo?

        1. admin

          November 23, 2012 at 01:36

          oh nice…

          gayao ar! i morally support you 😀

  9. Chuen

    April 24, 2013 at 19:55

    Islands is my favourite place for holiday! 😀 Haven’t been to east malaysia but one day I will ^^
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