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’. 

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Bajau anchor

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Low tide can be quite a nuisance for the boat people
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Nice hat
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All businesses transacted on board over the edge

The locals claimed that 2019 was the highest in terms of number of boats participating. Gong and drum could be heard playing from the boats. A rather noisy afternoon. Water Festival, Pesta Regatta Lepa, Sailing Boat, backpackers, Sea Gypsies, Suku Bajau Laut, etnik, culture, Semporna, Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia, Tourism, travel guide, BorneoSailing Boat, destination, Sea Gypsies, Suku Bajau Laut, budaya, traditional, event, indigenous, Malaysia, tourist attraction, travel guide, Borneo, 婆罗洲 巴夭民族, 沙巴彩船节, 仙本那旅游景点,
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Bajau ladies dressed in traditional black dresses entertained the crowd with their dances. Pesta Regatta Lepa, destination, Sea Gypsies, etnik, culture, traditional, event, Tawau, Tourism, tourist attraction, travel guide, Cross Border, 马来西亚沙巴仙本那, 巴夭民族彩船节, 海吉普赛人传统文化

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Male dancer clicking away his 2 pairs of wooden stick like in some old Chinese movies.

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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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Dropped by the floating clinic (only in Sabah)

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All about sea markers and buoys

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Cultural event going on at the town hall
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Other side cultural events in the evening

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