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Open plains are framed by gigantic Baobab trees, lush Mango trees fringe glorious golden beaches while the warm crystal clear waters gently caress the soft sand of the shores; this is the astounding and inspiring setting of Likoma Island, a Malawian enclave located in Mozambican territorial waters on the Lake Malawi side of Malawi.
Being relatively separated from the mainland, the locals of Likoma Island has maintained their rich culture and friendly nature making for the island to be an extremely pleasant and safe destination. The lure of Likoma Island lies in its serenity and natural beauty, a place where you can relax, soak up the sun and just relent to blissful rejuvenation. The Kaya Mawa Lodge offer awesome lodging within breathtaking surroundings or another lovely place to stay is the backpackers hostel Mango Drift which is located a bit further from the centre of the village. A noteworthy feature in the heart of Likoma Island’s village is the impressive cathedral modelled on the Winchester Cathedral in England boasting interesting stained glass and carved soapstone features.
As the island is very small with basically no motor vehicle transport, the numerous paths and trails are best explored on foot or bicycle. Laze on the stunning sandy beaches, explore the rocky coves, kayak or take a boat to visit the sister island Chizumulu Island, and snorkel and scuba dive the clear waters to view the spectacular array of dazzling colourful fish. Likoma Island is a piece of paradise and will captivate your senses with its awe-inspiring pristine beauty whilst the peaceful environment will uplift your spirit.