Despite the heavy Christian influence on Likoma islanders from the cathedral, a lot of older tribal traditions still take place. The culture and way of life in most rural parts of Malawi remain largely unchanged and people rely on farming on a local scale.

'Witchdoctors' still practice their arts regularly and it is possible to meet them to see how they perform their rituals.

Despite being a remote island Likoma has a lot of contact with both Malawi and Mozambique, daily trade between the island and mainland flourish.

Agriculture and fishing are a huge part of island life, as with the rest of Malawi they are the cornerstones of survival. Farming is limited to a short rainy season as most do not have access to pumps or irrigation systems.

Fishing however is prevalent all year round and a variety of small wooden vessels are used, from the traditional dugout canoe to well crafted boats with an outboard on the back. Lake Malawi has suffered in recent years due to over fishing by large commercial operations.