Likoma Island is a haven of natural beauty and simply walking around, enjoying the scenery and the beaches keeps most people entranced throughout their stay. That said there are a range of activities and special treats that can be arranged for you.
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.
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.
The snorkelling in Lake Malawi is world class with thousands of varieties of fish abundant in the lake, most famously the incredible array of multi-coloured cichlids.
Despite the abundance and variety of cichlids in Lake Malawi they are a protected species as large quantities of the fish have been removed to sell to collectors around the world.. please look after our wonderful cichlids!
The best snorkelling spots tend to be rocky outcrops where the fish have naturally protected habitats with large boulders and crevices in the rocks.
We have snorkelling equipment for you to use at the lodge but you are welcome to bring your own.
If you want to experience the life of the local fisherman we can arrange fishing trips in the traditional dugout canoes that the majority of fishermen still use in Lake Malawi. The fishermen will teach you how to control the canoe and the tricks of the trade so you can catch your own lunch!
If you have a bigger group it is possible to hire a larger boat for fishing or even a simple sunset cruise.. there is nothing quite like watching the sun go down over the lake while out on the water.
Ulisa Bay is arguably one of the most beautiful spots on one of the most beautiful islands in one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. It certainly has some of the most incredible sunsets, ever changing each day.
We can arrange a private candlelit dinner on the beach for you and your partner to watch the sun go down and create everlasting memories.
Our partners at Nkhotakota Safari Lodge offer a selection of pottery for sale from the famous Dedza Pottery. You can stay at the lodge and watch sunrise over Lake Malawi or just visit for the day. NSL is also an ideal place to stay before and/or after your trip to Ulisa Bay Lodge if you are travelling by M.V. Ilala from Nkhotakota. NSL can arrange transport to take you to catch the Ilala and collect you on your return while your vehicle is stays securely at NSL.
You will notice a lot of Dedza Pottery in the décor at Ulisa Bay Lodge.