Kaamatan Festival

Kaamatan is a Kadazan-Dusun term for ‘harvest’. The celebration of Kaamatan Festival is to signify the beginning of the harvesting season of paddy. There’s a myth behind the significance of the celebration; it all begins with their God, Kinoingan who took pity towards the people suffering from a great famine and severe drought many moons ago. In order to save the people, he sacrificed his daughter, Ponumpuan by cutting her into small pieces. After that, he showed her flesh over the land and paddy grew. It is believed that the spirit of Huminodun is embodied in the rice and therefore known as Bambarayon or Bambazon. The celebration of the harvest festival usually lasts for three days; and on the last day, there will be an Unduk Ngandau (beauty pageant) contest.
Month : May

 

Regatta Lepa Semporna

The Regatta Lepa is an annual event that pays homage a traditional single-mast sailing boat of the Bajau people in Semporna. The boat, Lepa is a symbol of pride of Bajau people that is believed to be originated from the Bajau people who live in Bum Bum Island. The Regatta Lepa is not just a water festival where they will compete for the title of ‘Most Beautiful Lepa’, in fact, the whole town of Semporna has a colorful carnival atmosphere; there are various concerts staged and stalls are set up to promote or sell their tourism products. 
Venue : Regatta Lepa Square, Semporna, Sabah
Organiser : Semporna District Office
Month : April

 

Mabul World Turtle Day

Started since 2000, Mabul World Turtle Day is celebrated to create public awareness while enhancing education, research and ignite the interest of marine conservation of the sea turtle population in the waters of Mabul Island in Semporna. It is a notable event to help these marine creatures to thrive and survive. During this event, volunteers are welcomed to join and get hands-on experiences with sea turtle research. As such, this event is to strive to make our environment a better place.
Venue : Borneo Divers Mabul Resort, Semporna, Sabah

 

Marine Day

Every June, the Marine Day is celebrated by the dive centre’s management and guest speaker to encourage the divers to learn about the coral reef environment. During the event, they provide hands-on lectures to guests on their latest research about the coral relocation and its environment.
Month : June

 

Borneo Diver’s Celebration of Sea Turtle

The purpose of this event is to increase knowledge of and the respect towards turtles and encourages us to help them to thrieve and survive. Join us and get the chance to be up close and personal with the sea turtles. 
Venue : Borneo Divers Mabul Resort, Mabul Island
Person In-Charge : Nancy John
Contact Number : +06 88 222 226

 

Tawau International Cultural Festival

Take this day to see the colorful side of Tawau! Be prepared to be awed in excitement as there will be a showcase of the indigenous ethnic of Sabah. Travelers will be educated with information such as cultural aspects of the ethnic groups, local equipment and materials used in daily life, costumes, delicacies as well as traditional musical instruments. The purpose of the event is to show the cultural wealth of Borneo and the rapid growth of the tourism sector in Borneo.
Organiser : Majlis Perbandaran Tawau 
Contact Number : +60 89 701 611 
Venue : Dataran Majlis Perbandaran Tawau

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