Bajau Laut settlements in Kalimantan and Sulawesi


Boat-dwelling Bajau Laut from the islands of Tawi-Tawi and Sibutu in the Sulu archipelago settled in many places along the Kalimantan and Sulawesi coasts in the 18th and 19th centuries, forming distinct communities which have survived until the present day.

Further reading

Harrisson, Tom, ‘The Bajaus: their origins and wide importance', Sabah Society Journal 6, no.1 (1973-1974) 38-41.

Sather, Clifford, ‘The Bajau Laut', in King, Victor T., ed. Essays on Borneo societies. Oxford: Oxford University Press 1978, pp. 172-192.

Map number from Cribb, Historical Atlas of Indonesia (2000)


Year span

1800 - 2000