M.V. Ilala sails non-stop 7 hours from Nkhotakota to Likoma.  Come and be part of history on the ship that first sailed in 1946.   M.V. Ilala has a restaurant and a bar with the best views in Malawi.  It also has flush W.Cs and hot showers.    Now Malawi Shipping Company has a “spare” ship, so normally M.V. Ilala sails as it’s much larger but should it require service then the new and very fast M.V. Chilembwe replaces it.  So you can book with confidence knowing that one or other ship will sail.   

Our ALL-INCLUSIVE 5 night Lake Adventure is just $330 per person sharing or $370 single.

Includes a cabin on Ilala from Nkhotakota to Likoma. The Adventure starts at Nkhotakota Pottery Lodge every Friday afternoon.   Guests are escorted to board the ship early on Saturday morning arriving midday at Likoma.  Staff from UBL meet guests on board and take them to the lodge for 3 days of Island Luxury.   On Tuesday morning guests board the ship and return to Nkhotakota in the afternoon to spend the final night at Nkhotakota Pottery Lodge before departure after breakfast on Wednesday morning.    Accommodation, all meals, transfers to and from lodges, ship fares and many free activities at UBL are included.  Guests only pay for their drinks.  Great rates for children and discounts for 3 or more passengers.



We can assist guests to plan an exciting 36 hour voyage from Chipoka to Likoma.  Boarding M.V. Chambo at Chipoka late on Monday evening and arriving Likoma about 0800Wednesday Morning.   To enjoy this trip and have an evening out in Metangula guests with passports from outside Africa will need to obtain a Mozambique Visa in advance.  

The trip can also be done in reverse. Departing Likoma on Sunday Morning and arriving Chipoka Monday midday.  This way has the great advantage that the visa for Mozambique can be purchased on board Chambo from Mozambique Immigration Officers who come on board when Chambo stops in Cobue, the first port of call after leaving Likoma. 

The Mozambique visa is usually $30 for European Passports and $50 for others.