Image: Adam Docker
The children would stare at outsiders in amazement.
Nobody knows for sure where the Bajau came from, or why they first took to their aquatic lifestyle. Two differing theories suggest that they may originate from the Philippines or Johor in Malaysia, while a third theory claims that they came from the Riau Archipelago islands of Indonesia. Some Bajau believe they descended from royal guards of the Johor Sultanate who took to the seas. Yet wherever they derive from, the Bajau have been living a nomadic, ocean-dwelling life for centuries.