The First Underwater Post Office in Malaysia
In March 2006, the resort sank an old cargo ship as part of our conservation program. There are only 5 similar underwater post offices in the world. This is the First and only one in Malaysia. The “MATAKING 1” is an old 40 foot wooden cargo ship used 4 years ago when the Reef Dive Resort at Mataking Island off the coast of Semporna in Sabah, was first built. The ship has not been used since and it was decided to float it and sink it at their famous house reef dive near the front of the resort.
This will create an artificial reef, which will attract many tropical reef fishes. The wreck will become a home for other incredible marine creatures, which are plentiful abound, in the clear tropical waters surrounding this spectacular island.
This event was witnessed by International guests from Italy, Germany, Sweden and Japan as well as local divers and non-divers, around 40 guests in total. A mail box was placed on the front of the wheel house of this shipwreck. Divers can buy a postcard at the resort’s gift shoppe and place it in a special sealed waterproof plastic postal bag. Divers can now post their letter underwater. A special rubber stamp was designed to depict this unique postal service. The mail box will be cleared two times a week.