Meet The “Sea Gypsies!” Amazing Photos Of A Nomadic Tribe That Lives Entirely On Water!

Experience Life As A “Sea Gypsy!”

Can you imagine living your entire life on the water? Well, for a number of nomadic tribes, that is their entire world! Look at this “small town”:

Pic: Copyright Timothy Allen http://www.humanplanet.com

This fascinates me – and I discovered this story by surfing the internet – thanks to the terrific Daily Mail website, I learned about these unique “sea gypsies”:

As The Daily Mail reports:

“These fascinating images reveal what life is like for the Bajau people – a nomadic tribe who spend their lives on the water.
The group have been dubbed ‘sea gypsies’ thanks to the fact they continue to live a seaborne lifestyle off the coast of Borneo.”

The story continues:

“The Bajau people have severed ties with the mainland, instead choosing to live a nomadic lifestyle on the open ocean.
Standing on stilts above the lapping waves, the Bajau built an off-shore community that relies solely on the ocean to survive.
Instead of learning about algebra or science, the Bajau children are given a net and taught to catch fish, octopus and lobsters off their unique handmade boats.
The children reportedly spend so much time in the ocean that their eyes have adjusted to see more clearly underwater and much like sea sickness for those who live on land, they also experience ‘land sickness’ when they leave the water.”

Thanks to The Daily Mail for this great story, their website is always filled with fascinating and wild wild wild stories!

You can read the entire story, with more great photos, here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5421701/Fascinating-images-reveal-lives-Bajau-sea-gypsies.html

Recently, I read this great book about living in paradise like this:

Could you imagine life on a South Seas island? Well, one young teacher tried it, and he wrote all about the experience – you can see that story here:


https://johnrieber.com/2018/02/08/surviving-paradise-a-year-on-a-south-pacific-island-blue-lagoons-swaying-coconut-trees-millions-of-flies-lost-in-the-middle-of-the-pacific-ocean/

Let me know if you could handle life on the water as a “Sea Gypsy!”



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12 replies

  1. How fascinating and amazing photos I wonder if their village will develop over the years like the sea gypsy’s here? Certainly a back to nature existence but one which is also limited in many ways but nonetheless fascinating to an onlooker 🙂

  2. A very unusual lifestyle, JOhn. I don’t think I would want to be a sea gypsy, I like books, theater and museums to much for that.

  3. It’s fascinating to see how differently these people live like they are stuck in a time warp. One fine day, I was reading about the tribals in Africa and their way of living. Somehow, I like the fact that they are closer to nature but the rest, aren’t they isolated with the rest of the world? It’s fascinating nevertheless.

  4. I admire them, although I wouldn’t be one by choice. Cool post.

  5. Fascinating story. I would definitely get sea sickness and fail terribly as sea gypsy. 😛 Plus I don’t know how to swim.. 😀

  6. I would be hopeless as a sea gypsy, John. I can’t swim! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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