Buggoh, also known as boggo', buggoh jungalan or buggoh-buggoh, is a type of small dugout canoe of the Sama-Bajau people of the Philippines. They are made from a single log hollowed into a canoe with a rounded bottom. It is equal-ended, with the prow and the stern dropping straight down or sloping outward. They are sometimes equipped with two outrigger floats. They are usually around 1.5 to 4.5 m (4.9 to 14.8 ft) long.[1]

Buggoh are commonly towed by larger houseboats like the lepa. They are used to ferry people and goods from the mothership to the coast or to other ships. They are also used to assist in fishing. Buggoh is very similar to the birau, but differs in the shape of the prow and the stern.[1][2]

See also


  1. Nimmo, H. Arlo (1990). "The Boats of the Tawi-Tawi Bajau, Sulu Archipelago, Philippines" (PDF). Asian Perspectives. 29 (1): 51–88.
  2. Jesusa L. Paquibot (2016). "Lepa: The Sea as Home". In Kwon Huh (ed.). Traditional Shipbuilding Techniques (PDF). 29. Intangible Cultural Heritage Courier of Asia and the Pacific, UNESCO. pp. 16–17. ISSN 2092-7959.
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