There are no paved roads and very few motor vehicles. Hotels access the Internet through a radio connection.
Likoma does have a tarred airstrip and can be reached by plane. It is a grand way to escape our world.
The main feature of Likoma Island is Lake Malawi itself. Explorer David Livingstone dubbed it “Lake of Stars” because of its starry shimmer. The lake is home to the largest trove of tropical fish (some 1,300) of any freshwater body in the world and is considered the most biologically diverse freshwater environment on the planet. The MV Ilala steamer boat circumnavigates Lake Malawi, stopping over at all the main settlements on the coast.
What to do
The town has a busy market and is known for the Anglican cathedral of St. Peter, one of the largest churches in Africa.
Recently a five star eco-luxe lodge has reopened and been refurbished: Kaya Maya Beach Lodge. Go quad biking, kite surfing, scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, sailing and biking. It is the essence of luxury for honeymoon couples.
Rates start at $2,825 per person for an all-inclusive five-day package that includes a massage for two in the whimsical, over-the-water gazebo.
For more information, visit MalawiTourism.com.