Mabul Island, Sabah, Malaysia
Exploring Mabul: Over and Under the WaterLocated a short boat ride away from Sipidan, a world-renowned diving site lauded by Jacques Cousteau, Mabul island is popular with divers and snorkelers eager to see firsthand the denizens under the water. However, Mabul is also a cultural experience above the waves. The island is home to the Bajau Laut, a nomadic tribe of fishermen who spend most of their lives on the water. Over the years, many have given up a strictly nomadic lifestyle, building palm-thatched huts on stilts and returning home each evening from fishing.