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Mabul Island

Mabul Island, Sabah, Malaysia
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Learn about the Bajao Laut or Sea Gypsies   Malaysia

Learn about the Bajao Laut or Sea Gypsies

The Sea Gypsies of Borneo are true nomads. They don't have a home, or even a nationality. Although many come from the islands around the Philippines, they don't even have passports. They just live off the sea and travel from island to island. There is a community of boats just off the shore of Mabul Island. Some Bajau Laut say they get "land sick" if they step off their boat. There's is a culture on the brink, and Mabul is one of the few places you can see them.