Pulau Mataking Kecil, Sabah
Mataking Kecil (Small Mataking) is an Island in Sabah, Malaysia. It is located on the Celebus Sea, on the edge of the continental shelf surrounded by fringing reef of hard and soft coral. At low tide, visitors can walk between Mataking Kecil and nearby Mataking Besar (Big Mataking).
The Mataking islands are a popular location for divers and snorkelers. There are various sea animals and fishes living in these areas which include schools of Barracuda, Trevally, Spanish Mackerel, Ribbon Eel, Giant Clams and more. Occasionally in March and April the gigantic Whale Sharks make an appearance on their migration path to south. But the truly unique attractions are the Green and Hawksbill Turtles of Sipadan.
Things to See & Do
* Marine life
Cruise Season - Jan - Dec
Currency - Ringgit (RM) (MYR)
Language - Bahasa Malalysia, English
Land Area - 0.16 km sq.
Electricity - 2 vertical Square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time - GMT plus eight hours
International Country Telephone Code - +60
Port Location - The port is located at Semporna which is approximately one hour from Mataking island.
Travel Links - Access to Mataking island is via plane to Tawau via Kuala Lumpur or Kota Kinabalu. You can arrange your tour agent to pick you up from airport. Otherwise, take a cab directly from Airport to Semporna.
But if you arrive at night, it is better to stay a night at Tawau Town because the road to Semporna is very dark at night. You can take a cab from Tawau Town to Semporna or alternatively you can take mini bus. Take a speed boat from Semporna to Mataking, takes about an hour. You can also take a boat ride to this Island via Sipadan Island or Mabul Island.