Image: Adam Docker
The Bajau in their canoes, or lepa-lepa.
“First impressions were of awe,” says photographer Adam Docker. “You feel like you have arrived in some long lost tribe only ever seen on [BBC documentary] Planet Earth or read about in a Jules Verne book.” Docker, who took these stunning photographs, recounts his first visit to a Bajau sea gypsy village on the island of Borneo, not far from the town of Semporna in the Malaysian state of Sabah. Surrounded by crystal-clear turquoise water, coral, and dazzling sea life, the cluster of huts on stilts perched out on the ocean look astounding.