Welcome to The Island of Sea Women! Here you can dive into the world of the Haenyeo–from the years of occupation to their modern survival. Just click through these tabs to explore their journey.

But first, here are three of Lisa’s favorite pieces…

The sea women of Jeju

For centuries, female divers on a South Korean island have made their living by harvesting seaweed. The women, some in their eighties, talk about a tradition that could soon be consigned to the past READ MORE


Elderly Haenyeo Divers


Hardy Divers in Korea Strait, ‘Sea Women’ Are Dwindling

HADO-RI, South Korea — On a recent morning, as she has for 60 years, Kim Eun-sil carried her diving gear to a rocky beach on the eastern side of this island to spend the day free-diving in water more than 20 feet deep to harvest seafood by hand. READ MORE


Reader’s Digest – To the Ocean Floor and Back