From what we could work out, these villages were created by the government in the 1990s, to provide fishing families with permanent bases in sheltered areas. The village we went to contained houses, shops, a school and refueling facilities. Boats visit from the mainland each day to bring fresh water and supplies, and to take away garbage.
A ‘shop’ boat goes around each house a couple of times a day. Families buy just enough for the next meal.
Houses were…cosy…to say the least. Our guide said three generations may well live in a two-roomed home. But see! They have television. Generators run at night, and apparently TV and karaoke are popular entertainment choices.