Visiting a sea gypsy village

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Island Retreat organises trips to a nearby sea gypsy village, where some of the staff live.

If you've not had much experience visiting Indonesian coastal villages, it's worth doing to get a flavour of what life's like by the sea. At this village, fish farms are set up by the formerly nomadic gypsies who reclaimed most of the land here to make their homes.

Footpaths meander over rocks and kids will trail you shyly; it's a hard scrabble existence. There's no hard sell on anything -- you simply take a wander through.

Resorts in other parts of the archipelago can arrange similar trips to villages near them.

Last updated: 26th May, 2014

About the author:
Stuart McDonald co-founded with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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