Location : Semporna Town, Semporna District, Tawau Division, Sabah, Malaysia.
The Regatta Lepa is an annual festival celebrated by the Bajau Laut (also known as sea gypsies). Lepa is a traditional single-masted sailing boat of the Bajau Semporna. On that day, thousands of Lepas sail into town to compete for the ‘Most Beautiful Lepa’.
The second day weather was a lot friendlier with some short spells of the sun and blue skies which was perfect for the Lepa rehearsal. Within a short time the boats gathered with their colourful sails flapping in the wind.
All went well for the rest of the day except for one little incident that got us quite annoyed at one of the restaurants where we purchased a bottle of mineral water. The local staff was heard telling another in the Malay language to charge higher for Chinese nationals, thinking we were tourists from China.
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