16th Regatta Lepa Water Festival 2009
The Annual Water Festival of the Sea Gypsy in Sabah


Venue : Semporna, Sabah.
Date : 18th to 19th April 2009
Day 1 : Regatta Lepa 2009 launching, Bajau Cultural performances (Igal–Igal Dance and Joget Semporna)
Day 2 : Traditional boat tug of war, boat racing competition (Keleh keleh), Lepa boat parade.

Regatta Lepa is a dramatic cultural event held annually in Semporna town, the east coast of Sabah. Regatta Lepa is a festival to celebrates the Bajau tradition for their craftsmanship skilled in hand-made boat making. ‘Lepa’ itself means a ‘boat that hand-made crafted’ in Bajau Semporna language, usually measured about 5-7 meters long. During the Regatta Lepa festivals, there will be a competition of decorative Lepa boats, a battle to show off which Lepa boats are the best.

  1. chegu carol says:

    bagus jg ni pi jalan2 di semporna but ala…not ngam timing lah the event. next yr la…

  2. esharkj says:

    ya la.. pa buleh buat jgk, I see u nxt yr la..

  3. borneoguy says:

    Thanks for the info….!

  4. Ali Goldie says:

    I was blessed to go to this years Regatta Lepa event. it was my 1st time and it was a blast!

    Im sure you wld hv enjoyed the experience bro 🙂

  5. esharkj says:

    No probs.. 😉

    Ali Goldie,
    Good la, I can feel your joy dude! siok ba kan… err ramai sumandak semporna.. heh! heh!

  6. clustergolgi says:

    view my Fp to learn more about Semporna..:)

  7. esharkj says:

    Hi clustergolgi,
    I’ve been to semporna several times, I must say semporna is one of the best spot I ever visit! Thanks for dropin by btw 🙂

  8. NIMMIX says:


  9. esharkj says:

    Yes indeed! but its actually SEMPORNA.

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