The Doyan Islands were first settled by the Austronesian sailors arriving on dug-out canoes from Southern Borneo around 200 AD. This was likely around the same time as some of the migratory waves that reached Madagascar. The Safiloan people as they became known speak a language closely related to Sakalava, spoken in the Northwest of Madagascar, Mayotte and the Comoros. The Safiloan language however can be further divided into three dialects; Solafoan, Northern Doyan and Southern Doyan. Though they inhabited the entire island, they were eventually supplanted there by migratory waves of other ethnic groups, notably the Persian Mazdakite refugees that are still the dominant group in the rest of Bunkaiia.
The Doyan Island's economy relies heavily on the trade of edible farmed seaweed, pearls, coconuts, handicrafts, and tourism.
Three notable towns exist in the Doyan Islands. Solafo'ai: The Largest town. Tutano'ele: The Capital, a portion of which exists atop of a coral reef. Falokrupu: A stilted tourism-oriented village.