Regatta Lepa is a local water festival which displays the interesting traditions and customs of the Bajau Laut tribe.
Also known as the Sea Gypsies, the festival celebrates this ethnic group’s unique nomadic way of life.
The Regatta Lepa has taken place annually since 1994, but the Bajau Laut tribe’s culture is rich with legacies that have been passed down for many generations.
The event is one of the most unique and longest running celebrations in Borneo and Malaysia and in 2003 was declared a national festival.
The Regatta Lepa brings together foreigners, locals and VIPs such as heads of state to enjoy the great festivities of this unique water festival.