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In the crystal blue coral seas just off the coast of Malaysia there are a group of people called the Bajau who have forged such an intimate relationship with the water that they rarely leave it

The incredible Bajau refugees who built their homes in the ocean

The Bajau people fled the Philippines for Malaysia, only to find themselves banned from stepping ashore. Their response is to develop a life entirely depending on the ocean.

This is yet just another fabulous and amazing travel destination in the Maldives.  Dusit Thani is a resort opened by Asia's leading hotel group, Dusit International. The resort is located on the island of Mudhdhoo, an island in the Maldives. The resort is surrounded by white sandy beaches and mesmerizing turquoise lagoons.

Meet me at the Beach at Dusit Thani, Maldives, at sunset for a Full Moon party ~Gorgeous outdoor party lanterns!

Badjao children practicing rowing. Image © Mohd Khairil Majid via Shutterstock

5 Architectural Secrets of the Badjao: 21st Century Sea People

Image 1 of 9 from gallery of 5 Architectural Secrets of the Badjao: Century Sea People. Photograph by Mohd Khairil Majid via Shutterstock

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Lake Village, Hallstatt, Austria by catrulz : I don’t imagine there’s much going on in this seemingly small town, but I’d venture to take a stroll in and around town. It’s for the big city folk looking for a place to breathe, and take up some space.

Insalmali and Muslina are an elderly Bajau Laut couple that live off Bodgaya Island. They ...

Stunning images capture the incredible life of Borneo's sea gypsies

Insalmali and Muslina are an elderly Bajau Laut couple that live off Bodgaya Island. They are nomadic sea gypsies who are stateless

Gallery of 5 Architectural Secrets of the Badjao: 21st Century Sea People - 6

Gallery of 5 Architectural Secrets of the Badjao: 21st Century Sea People - 6

Gallery of 5 Architectural Secrets of the Badjao: Century Sea People - 6

Take the Bajau people, who are famous for their free-diving skills and may spend their entire lives on boats. The picture here shows a Bajau festival, with boats decked with colourful sails.       Other "sea gypsies" include the Moken people who roam the waters off Thailand and Burma. Their children spend so much time diving for food that their eyes have adapted to focusing underwater. Sadly, this ancient seafaring way of life is dying out.

Bajau people, who are famous for their free-diving skills and may spend their entire lives on boats.

The mouth of hell, Turkmenistan. I want to go there.

Door to Hell,Turkmenistan, is a natural gas field in Derweze, Ahal Province, Turkmenistan. The Door to Hell is noted for its natural gas fire which has been burning continuously since it was lit by Soviet petrochemical engineers in

5 Architectural Secrets of the Badjao: 21st Century Sea People - Architecture can be a collective initiative.  While the public image of Architecture is often fixated on the individual, the Badjao consider design to be a communal practice. Houses (for those who do not live on their boats) are built almost entirely out of driftwood and debris from coastal cities. When a storm hits, neighboring Badjao will spare as much material of their own as possible, to help fortify damaged homes.

5 Architectural Secrets of the Badjao: 21st Century Sea People

Image 9 of 9 from gallery of 5 Architectural Secrets of the Badjao: Century Sea People. Photograph by idome via Shutterstock

Standing on stilts above the lapping waves, the Bajau built an off-shore community that relies solely on the ocean to survive

The incredible Bajau refugees who built their homes in the ocean

in the crystal blue coral seas just off the coast of Malaysia there are a group of people called the Bajau

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