Regatta Lepa Dates

Held in Semporna around mid- to end April each year, the Regatta Lepa is a 2-3 day water festival showcasing the customs and traditions of the Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies).The following table contains the dates of most Regatta Lepa celebrations that have taken place since the festival’s inception in 1994.

If the dates for the next Regatta Lepa have not been announced, the table below may be used to estimate when the festival may next be held.

Most Semporna hotels are packed during the week leading up to the festival, so do make a reservation beforehand if you will be travelling here during this period of time.

Annual Regatta Lepa Festival Dates
Year Date Notes
2021 TBA  
2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2019 26 – 28 Apr 2019  
2018 20 – 22 Apr 2018 Seaweed Splash 2018 event was also held from 30 Mar – 01 Apr 2018 in conjunction with Regatta Lepa’s 25th anniversary (Silver Jubilee) celebrations
2017 21 – 23 Apr 2017  
2016 22 – 24 Apr 2016  
2015 24 – 26 Apr 2015  
2014 25 – 27 Apr 2014  
2013 26 – 28 Apr 2013 20th anniversary
2012 20 – 21 Apr 2012  
2011 22 – 23 Apr 2011  
2010 23 – 25 Apr 2010  
2009 18 – 19 Apr 2009  
2008 18 – 20 Apr 2008 15th anniversary
2007 20 – 22 Apr 2007  
2006 14 – 16 Apr 2006  
2005 16 – 17 Apr 2005  
2004 10 – 11 Apr 2004  
2003 14 Apr 2003 10th anniversary – Regatta Lepa is declared a national festival
2002 14 Apr 2002  
2001 08 Apr 2001  
2000 09 Apr 2000  
1999 Unknown  
1998 29 Mar 1998 5th anniversary
1997 Unknown  
1996 Unknown  
1995 Unknown  
1994 Unknown  
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