Likoma Island is the larger of two islands that lie within Lake Malawi. Likoma is home to 9,000 inhabitants that are widely spread out in various settlements throughout the island. The largest town on the island is that of Chipyela, which offers a bustling market and the phenomenal Anglican cathedral of St. Peter. Local dancing competitions are often held on weekends using traditional instruments and feature colonial costumes, offering a truly original cultural experience. The local witchdoctor found in this small town is allegedly the most prominent in all of Malawi for those interested in the supernatural.
The environment Likoma offers tourists is one filled with rocky slopes, sandy bays, swamps, and crystal-clear blue waters. Its view of Mozambique’s wilderness and mountainous terrain is said to be breathtaking. At the southern tip of the island lies a beautiful crescent-shaped beach featuring golden sand surrounded by numerous mango trees. The main lodge, Kaya Mawa epitomizes ‘eco-friendly’ tourism and offers a unique, exclusive stay. One can often spot small reptiles, birds, amphibians, and scorpion spiders. Crocodiles are often occasionally seen on the island’s coast.