The cathedral is Likomas main attraction. It can be visited any time. Its worth to find somebody to show you around! Ask for Vincent the verger!If you want to see the cathedral but dont like to stay on Likoma for a couple of days, then ask the captain if he allows you to disembark with the first boat and return with the last one. This will give you...more
The clock tower of the cathedral offers a nice view. To get up there you need to find Vincent the verger, who will be happy to show you around. To reach the roof you have to climb across the bells and the clockwork that is not working anymore due to the lack of grease. Bring a torch!more
This place is run by some local women. There is a menu but usually only one or two meals are available. Go there in the morning and order the meal you would like to eat in the evening. The women will try to organise it for you. They are very friendly, helpful and happy about every positive word about their place.
Next door is the `Chikondano Restaurant` but often they can´t arrange food for you,sometimes not even a cup of tea!
Nightlife on Likoma does nearly not exist, at least not for “Azungu” (whites). But if you are lucky and hear the drums calling, then follow the sound that will lead you to the “place of action” for that night! Likoma people like dancing!
A few times a week there is a boat sailing between Likoma and Chizumulu. The place of departure can change so arrange your transport with the captain one or two days before you want to go. It can happen that he is doing some business in Mozambique and does not show up for a few days. The captain is living in the village of "Ulisa" on the western...more
Don`t expect too much food on Likoma Island. Although the situation changed a lot, the variety of food on Likoma Island is not really impressing. Its depending on the trading boats travelling between here and Mozambique. It can happen that there are no vegetables available or prices increase for the last bananas Usually the days after the Ilala had...more
Most beaches are safe to swim but there are also crocodiles on Likoma Island. If you are not sure whether it’s ok or not to swim ask the locals. There had been reports about incidents near “Madimba Beach“. In 1994 a crocodile killed a child. Don’t not swim at places with lots of reeds. Not only that you could “meet” crocs but for sure you will pick...more
Chizumulu Island is the smaller of the two islands but absolutely worth a visit. It’s a perfect place for relaxation, snorkelling and swimming! According to the manager of “Kubira Lodge” there is only one crocodile living on the Island “ … and this one is a friendly one!” Better don´t insist on that!There are no special sites to visit but in the...more
Its possible to do scuba diving on Likoma Island. There is the Two Island Diving School at Mango Drift. They say that it?s the cheapest diving PADI courses in Malawi ? anyway:
shore dive 15 $
boat dive 25 $
night dive 35 $
The fully PADI qualified instructor Alison Westwood offers the following program:
open water 160 $
advanced 150 $
adventure 35 $
scuba review 35 $
Try dives where you will be talked thru the basics and eased slowly into the water to do a 30 minutes dive are 35 $
If you do more than one course you will get discount on accommodation at Mango Drift.
Likoma is a little bit off the beaten track. Therefore visitors can expect even “less of everything” here. There is no bank and no money exchange office! Its possible to pay with TC at Mango Drift and Kaya Mawa but they charge some 200 MKW commisionper cheque. In Mbamba Village is an Indian shop keeper living. Sometimes he is changing money at not...more
-Immigration: Usually there is an immigration officer on the Island from Tuesday to Saturday-Cobue in Mozambique can be visited without a Mozambique visa when you apply for a Lakeshore Permit at the police station. You need to pay a small fee to the immigration in Cobue. Regulations can change so check about the current situation before taking a...more
Sometimes billions of flies gather on water. This happens only in the northern parts of Lake Malawi. It looks like there is “smoke on the water”. The locals catch them as an addition to their daily diet. The fly is called “Kungu” which means “Manna of Heaven”. Wrapped in a banana leaf they will be dried or smoked above a fire.Usually the Ilala II...more