Opened to the public in 2014, here, the villagers practice a river fish conservation system called ‘Bombon’ also known as ‘Tagal’ where it is managed and developed by the community itself. There are more than 20 species of habituated fishes in the Mansahaban river.
What’s unique about the ‘Tagal’ system at Marakau village is the striking bright coloured of the koi fishes that you could see from the clear water. Great for photo opportunities.
Other activities to consider when visiting Bombon Marakau village is the hiking opportunity to Dompurungan Hill (901 m). On top, you can feel the refreshing breeze of Ranau and a panoramic view of 45 villages around it, including a glimpse of the mighty Mount Kinabalu. Occasionally, the trail surprises the visitor with a chance to see the rare Rafflesia flower blooming!
Bombon Marakau Village is 2.5 hrs drive from Kota Kinabalu city or 10 minutes from Ranau town. Alternatively, you can hire a taxi from the city with a direct drop-off point to the location.