A visit to Likoma, on the ubiquitous m.v. Ilala or by private air charter, is unlike any experience anywhere else. Here the heart slows to a different rhythm. Opposite Likoma and Chizumulu islands (right) is the bustling port of Nkhata Bay.
There and around Chintheche to the south are dozens of other small, often simple, lodges built of local materials and right on the lovely silver sand beaches. Activities here include snorkelling, wind gliding, kayaking, diving, fishing, boat trips, bird-watching, mountain biking and equestrian sport/horse riding.
Government trained guides are available at Nkhata Bay but best check their identity cards before hiring.