Last updated
A Moro vinta from the Philippines (c. 1905) A Moro vinta outrigger canoe.jpg
A Moro vinta from the Philippines (c. 1905)
A vinta with a plain sail from the Bajau of Borneo Vinta Boat of the Bajau Laut people.jpg
A vinta with a plain sail from the Bajau of Borneo
Colorful non-traditional designs on vintas from Samal Island, Philippines. Vinta boats in Bigiw, Samal Island.jpg
Colorful non-traditional designs on vintas from Samal Island, Philippines.

The vinta (also generically known as lepa-lepa or sakayan) is a traditional outrigger boat from the Philippine island of Mindanao. The boats are made by Sama-Bajau and Moros living in the Sulu Archipelago, [1] Zamboanga peninsula, and southern Mindanao. It has a sail with assorted vertical colors that represents the colorful culture and history of the Muslim community. These boats are used for inter-island transport of people and goods. Zamboanga City is known for these vessels.

Outrigger boat

Outrigger boats are various watercraft featuring one or more lateral support floats known as outriggers, which are fastened to one or both sides of the main hull. They can range from small dugout canoes to large plank-built vessels. Outrigger boats can also vary in their configuration, from the ancestral double-hull configuration (catamarans), to single-outrigger vessels prevalent in the Pacific Islands and Madagascar, to the double-outrigger vessels (trimarans) prevalent in Island Southeast Asia. They are traditionally fitted with Austronesian sails, like the crab claw sails and tanja sails, but in modern times are often fitted with petrol engines.

Mindanao second largest island of the Philippines

Mindanao or still commonly known as Southern Philippines, is the second-largest island in the Philippines. Mindanao and the smaller islands surrounding it make up the island group of the same name. Located in the southern region of the archipelago, as of the 2010 census, the main island was inhabited by 20,281,545 people, while the entire Mindanao island group had an estimated total of 25,537,691 (2018) residents.

Sama-Bajau Moro indigenous ethnic group of Maritime Southeast Asia

The Sama-Bajau refers to several Austronesian ethnic groups of Maritime Southeast Asia with their origins from the southern Philippines. The name collectively refers to related people who usually call themselves the Sama or Samah; or are known by the exonyms Bajau and Samal or Siyamal. They usually live a seaborne lifestyle, and use small wooden sailing vessels such as the perahu, djenging, balutu, lepa, pilang, and vinta. Some Sama-Bajau groups native to Sabah are also known for their traditional horse culture.


In 1985 the vinta Sarimanok was sailed from Bali to Madagascar to replicate ancient seafaring techniques. [2] [3]

Sarimanok is a vinta that was sailed in 1985 from Bali to Madagascar across the Indian Ocean to replicate ancient seafaring techniques. The ship is now at the Oceanographic Museum of Nosy Be.

Other uses

"Vinta" is also the name of a Moro dance that commemorates the migration of Filipinos into the archipelago. In the dance, dancers imitating the movements of the vinta (vessel) by balancing perilously on top of poles. PAREF schools in the Philippines have adopted the vinta as their symbol.

See also

Paraw sail boat type (Philippines)

The paraw is a double outrigger sail boat native to the Visayas region of the Philippines. The paraw is similar to a proa, but the paraw has two outriggers or katig. They characteristically have large crab-claw sails opposite a smaller triangular foresail.

Lepa (ship)

Lepa, also known as lipa or lepa-lepa, are indigenous ships of the Sama-Bajau people in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia. They were traditionally used as houseboats by the seagoing Sama Dilaut. Since most Sama have abandoned exclusive sea-living, modern lepa are instead used as fishing boats and cargo vessels.

Kakap (boat) A type of pirate boat from Nusantara

Kakap is a canoe-shaped boat which sometimes have outriggers. Kakap is often used by the Iranun and Banguingui people of the Philippines for piracy and for raids on coastal areas. They are usually part of fleets with larger motherships like pangajava, garay, or lanong warships. Among Malays, this type of boat is used as a boat of war or passenger boat.

Related Research Articles

Sulu Archipelago archipelago in the Philippines

The Sulu Archipelago is a chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean, in the southwestern Philippines. The archipelago forms the northern limit of the Celebes Sea and southern limit of the Sulu Sea. The Sulu Archipelago islands are within the Mindanao island group, consisting of the provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.

Zamboanga del Sur Province in Zamboanga Peninsula, Philippines

Zamboanga del Sur is a province in the Philippines located in the Zamboanga Peninsula region in Mindanao. Its capital is the city of Pagadian. Incorrectly grouped with Zamboanga del Sur is the highly urbanized city of Zamboanga, which is a chartered city and governed independently from the province.

Sulu Province in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Philippines

Sulu is a province of the Philippines in the Sulu Archipelago and part of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

Proa type of multihull sailboat, vessel consisting of two unequal length parallel hulls (uses reverse-shunting (interchangeable bow/aft):one hull is kept to windward, and the other to leeward, so that it needs to "shunt" to reverse direction when tacking)

A proa refers to various types of multihull outrigger sailboats of the Austronesian peoples. The terms were used for native Austronesian ships in European records during the Colonial Era indiscriminately, and thus can confusingly refer to the double-ended single-outrigger boats of Oceania, the double-outrigger boats of Island Southeast Asia, and sometimes even ships with no outriggers or sails at all.

Pump boat

A pump boat is an outrigger canoe (bangka) powered by a small gasoline or diesel engine. Smaller pump boats might be powered by the sort of small single-cylinder engine used to drive a water pump. Larger ones are often powered by recycled automobile engines.

Canoe sailing refers to the practice of fitting an Austronesian outrigger or Western canoe with sails.

Moro people ethnic group

The collective term Bangsamoro people or Moro people refers to the 13 Islamized ethnolinguistic groups of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan. As Muslim-majority ethnic groups, they form largest non-Christian majority population in the country, and comprise about 5% of the total Philippine population, or 5 million people. Most Moros are followers of Sunni Islam of the Shafi'i madh'hab. The Muslim Moros originally had an independent state known as the Sulu Sultanate, which once exercised sovereignty over the present day provinces of Basilan, Palawan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, the eastern part of the Malaysian state of Sabah and North Kalimantan in Indonesia.

Banguingui people

Banguingui, also known as Sama Banguingui or Samal Banguingui is a distinct ethno-linguistic group dispersed throughout the Greater Sulu Archipelago and southern and western coastal regions of the Zamboanga Peninsula in Mindanao, Philippines. They are one of the ethnic groups usually collectively known as the Sama-Bajau peoples.

Yakan people ethnic group

The Yakan people are among the major indigenous Filipino ethnolinguistic groups in the Sulu Archipelago. Also known as dream weaver having a significant number of followers of Islam, it is considered as one of the 13 Moro groups in the Philippines. The Yakans mainly reside in Basilan but are also in Zamboanga City. They speak a language known as Bissa Yakan, which has characteristics of both Sama-Bajau Sinama and Tausug. It is written in the Malayan Arabic script, with adaptations to sounds not present in Arabic.

Traditional fishing boat

Traditionally, many different kinds of boats have been used as fishing boats to catch fish in the sea, or on a lake or river. Even today, many traditional fishing boats are still in use. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), at the end of 2004, the world fishing fleet consisted of about 4 million vessels, of which 2.7 million were undecked (open) boats. While nearly all decked vessels were mechanised, only one-third of the undecked fishing boats were powered, usually with outboard engines. The remaining 1.8 million boats were traditional craft of various types, operated by sail and oars.

Spanish expedition to Balanguingui

The Balanguingui Expedition of 1848 was an amphibious campaign organized by Governor General Narciso Clavería y Zaldúa to capture Balanguingui Island in the Sulu Archipelago from the Moro Pirates, who were using it as a base for their piratical activities.

Spanish–Moro conflict

The Spanish–Moro Conflict was a series of wars lasting over several centuries from the beginning of Spanish colonization of the Philippines, to the Spanish–American War when Spain finally began to subjugate Moroland after centuries of failing to do so.

<i>Wa</i> (watercraft) type of outrigger canoe from the Caroline Islands

Wa are traditional sailing outrigger canoes of the Caroline Islands. They have a single outrigger. They are similar to the sakman of the Northern Marianas.

Sama language Sama-Bajau language native to the Sama people

The Sama language, Sinama, is the language of Sama-Bajau people of the Sulu Archipelago, Philippines; Sabah, Malaysia and parts of Indonesia. The Sama are one of the most widely dispersed peoples in Southeast Asia.


  1. Doran, Edwin, Jr., Texas A&M University (1972). "Wa, Vinta, and Trimaran". Journal of the Polynesian Society . Auckland, New Zealand: University of Auckland. 81 (2): 144–159. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  2. "Across the Indian Ocean, aboard prehistoric ships..."
  3. "Navigation Instruments". Sundials Australia.
Malabang Municipality in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Philippines

Malabang, officially the Municipality of Malabang, is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Lanao del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 43,957 people. The town is one of the two former capitals of the Sultanate of Maguindanao 1515, and later became the capital of one of the states of the Confederation of Sultanates in Lanao in 1640.