The Bajau have by tradition survived by living on their boats, they made a living from fishing and sailing all day and slept in their boats at night. The name ‘sea gypsies’ was apt in describing them and thus stuck. Some lived in hiding and till date some still do, they build their homes on water on coral reefs and floating villages.
Some folks have relocated to the surrounding island but they still continuously visit the sea to improve on their already perfect knowledge of the seas and also carry out some petty trading with fish caught from the sea.
After spending a few days with the Sea gypsies; Réhahn, a photographer from France he concludes that peace and serenity abound in the life that these people and the place they have chosen to make their abode which bears no similarity to our own lives. They live by the water and only for same.