The Bajo Tribe

Sea explorers

The Bajo are renowned as sea explorers. They use traditional wooden boats without any modern navigation equipment, relying solely on the position of the stars to guide them.

Living above the sea

Also known as Sea Gypsies or Sea Nomads, Bajo people used to live on boats, though now they live in houses that are built over shallow seas.

Across Southeast Asia

While the origin of the Bajo tribe remains unknown, Bajo people live across the seas of Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. In Indonesia, they live around South and Southeast Sulawesi, and East and South Kalimantan, as well as in West and East Nusa Tenggara.


While they are still very young, Bajo children are taught by their elders to become masters at catching fish using traditional equipment.