The Bajau Laut of Borneo
Yes, the water really is this color. It is amazing how clear the water is here. It varies in shades from green to deep blue. I’m here in Sabah, on the island of Borneo uncovering the story of the nomadic Bajau Laut and their complicated relationship with the sea. The Bajau Laut are mostly from Southern Philippines and have migrated and settled in the waters off of Sabah, as well as throughout Borneo and Indonesia. They seem to be a timid people, shy and not ready to talk to strangers like me. The Bajau are dependent on the ocean and it’s resources, yet their dependency is damaging the very thing that feeds them. It is very complicated and as such is taking a lot of time for us to fully understand how this cycle works. I hope to be able to tell you more about these fascinating people as the week progresses. But for now here are a few images from today (the first image if from yesterday).