So I googled for reviews on Trip advisor and such and there were mixed reviews. They said since they transfer clean water from the main land to the island, water must be used sparingly. So I was worried about having no water to bath or to flush in the island.
But I was excited that I am travelling to East Malaysia for the first time and Mataking is close to Sipadan island so it should be as pretty as the pictures on Google.
It was my first time flying with Air Asia too!
So once we got to Tawau, the Reef Dive Resort which is the only resort on Mataking Island has a personal bus that will take you to the jetty in Semporna and they have their own speedboat to bring you to the island.
We didn't know that the Sulu issue started the minute we got to Mataking. So after we left Mataking, there were police checkpoints everywhere in Tawau then we searched the news online and found out about the Sulu thing.
We didn't know because Digi didn't follow me to Mataking so I couldn't tweet pictures or call or message or even update about the awesomeness.
The food was a downer because there wasn't much variety, mostly Asian cooking and I think it's because the resort practices marine conservation, you can't get much seafood to eat. Only prawns and sometimes fish. Some dishes were repetitive, as you stay there longer. Since we were starving, anything was good for us at that time.
After lunch we were shown to our rooms. The staff helped us to carry our luggage to our rooms and was very friendly! We stayed at the King Chalets so beau and I got our own chalet and the rooms were huge!
On the next day, we rented a boat for RM250 for 4 hours and we went island hopping to Timba-Timba Island, which is one of the small islands which can be found around Mataking Island.
It's definitely a place that I want to come back to. We stayed in Tawau for a night and beau's dad's friend brought us to eat yummy food!
I want to go back to Sabah to eat that noodles again though and of course to visit the other islands too!