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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.

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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.

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