The Sea Gypsies

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The Bajau are a small tribe from Borneo, literally living on the water. They either reside in small boats, all day on the move or on floating villages built on coral reefs. This is how they earned the title of the “sea gypsies”. All they need to be happy are the ocean and their fishing rods.

Réhahn, a french photographer, was able to spent a few days with these sea gypsies. He found a tribe full of joy, love and peace, not only living by the ocean, but with the sea.

All images where shot using a Canon 5d Mark III and the 16-35mm and the 70-200mm lenses.

All images used with permission by Réhahn / Rehahn Photography on FB


Life is organized around fishing, the tribe has no knowledge of reading or writing


The Bajau, the nomads of the sea, are neither recognized not accepted by the neighboring countries, but are there by choice: the choice to live in paradise, their own little paradise


The Bajau do not know their ages, they know roughly about the concept of age but time doesn’t matter much to them, only the present moment counts


Women give birth here in their hut on stilts. Most Bajau are born, live and die on their land






Younger children are constantly on the boats, learning how to dive or swim, while those who have reached the age of about 8 years old are already busy hunting


Regardless of age, everyone finds his place and helps to catch the fish













All images used with permission by Réhahn / Rehan Photography on FB