Likoma Island Travel Guide

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Likoma Island Things to Do

  • Don`t miss a service!

    A service at St. Peter`s is long! Three hours are average and its easy going. Usually it starts at 8 am but if you are late – no problem you are welcome anyway! There are different choirs performing and its amazing to see them dancing and singing! Don`t miss it!

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  • Visit St Peter

    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...

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  • Climb the clock tower

    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!

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Likoma Island Restaurants

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    by frockland Updated Jul 14, 2004

    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!

    `Chikondano Restaurant`

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Likoma Island Nightlife

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    by frockland Written Dec 7, 2002

    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!

    Tribal dancing on Boxing Day 1996

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Likoma Island Transportation

  • Boats to Mozambique

    Mbamba Village is the main centre of Likoma. On the shore there are Mozambiquean dhows trading with firewood, vegetables, maize, cassava etc. This is the place to arrange a trip to Cobue in Mozambique.

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  • Charter flights

    Sometimes, when guest of Kaya Mawa fly in and there is no pessenger who wants to fly back, its possible to catch a flight back to Lilongwe or Blantyre for only 50 $. Check at Kaya Mawa or Mungo Drift about availability

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  • Boat to Chizumulu Island

    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...

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Likoma Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Not too much food

    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...

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  • Hot hot hot!

    Likoma Island is one of the hottest places in Malawi. Although its an island temperatures rise very quickly. 40° Celsius at 9.00 am in summertime is not unusual!

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  • Crocs!

    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...

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Likoma Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Dr. W.J. Kumpalotta the Sin`ganga

    In the village of Khuyu Dr.W.J.Kumpalotta is running a chipatala. He his an interesting character and likes to be visited.

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  • Baobabs

    There are plenty of amazing Baobabs on Likoma Island. Have a walk across the hills and enjoy the bizarre looking trees.

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  • Don't miss Chizumulu Island!

    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...

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Likoma Island Sports & Outdoors

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    by frockland Updated Jul 10, 2004

    Equipment: 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:

    Casual Dives:
    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.

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Likoma Island Favorites

  • Its a remote place!

    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...

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  • General things to know

    -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...

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  • "Kungu"

    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...

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