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While joining the local 'Polair' (waterpolice) speedboat on their patrols through the Banggai islands, I found this very scenic Bajo (seagypsy) watervillage nearby a tiny remote island in the Southern part of the archipel.
The village is entirely build on stilts offshore, no streets, cars or motorbikes. Only waterway's with canoes.
The houses itself were connected with wooden planks,or bamboo, sometimes so small and wobbeling that I had a hard time to walk on them without falling!
I took my chances and asked the 'kepala desa' (head of the village) if I could stay here for a few nights. He was very surprised but agreed. I ended up staying here for a week, joining their daily life which mainly is fishing and harvesting 'agar agar' (seagrass).
I stayed with this family, the kids were kinda shy in the beginning becouse they had never seen a white man before. But after one day their shy-ness was over, and by the end of the week I felt like beeing one of the family.
In honour of the incredible friendly people of this family, (in fact the whole village) here are the three youngest kids with their grandma on 'our' veranda. :-)

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