Photographer's Note

Living by the sea has its true meaning here in Maiga island for the sea Bajau and Suluk folks. You can see the huts built on stilts in the shallow waters of the sea. The tide comes up as far as the stilts, so at such time, the water level is literally at the doorstep. The Bajau and Sulu child is born natural swimmers, they live and sleep by the sea. Each child knows how to swim, harvest from the sea, and play by the sea. Each day, the child will find some joy to play in this natural environment without any restraints, not from the family or visitors. Complete freedom. Early morning is often finding the child swimming to catch fish or play around in the waters.

The waters always crystal clear in green where the depth is shallow, blue where it is deeper. These huts are away from land and really is an interesting feature of Maiga island. I should avoid cropping the hut at extreme right. I came to know about Maiga Island through Rabani's gallery. And this trip was done from his useful tips on how to get there.

Thank you for viewing. Regards, Bill

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Additional Photos by Bill Laucp (trekks) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2260 W: 172 N: 4300] (14348)
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