KUALA LUMPUR: Anyone planning to visit Sabah this weekend should consider coming to Semporna as this is where the sea faring Bajau community will be celebrating their legendary prowess at sea.
For three days beginning April 20, the sea gypsies of Sabah extend an invitation to the very cultural heart of the Bajau community and the Regatta Lepa XIV that showcases their unique wooden boats â€˜Lepaâ€™.
In Sabah east coast Bajau community dialect, the word â€œlepaâ€ means â€œboatâ€. Lepa is usually made of Ubar Suluk or Red Seraya wood, it is a cultural legacy inherited by the people since time immemorial. The existence of Lepa is believed to originate from the fishing community who live in the islands along the coast of the district of Semporna.
How to get to Semporna…
- Daily flight by MAS or Airasia from KK-Tawau will take about 45 minutes.
- From Tawau to Semporna either by taxi or Mini bus will take about 1 hour 45 minutes.
- From Kota Kinabalu to Semporna by air-conditioned Express bus will take about 9 hours.