Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island


Kaya Mawa is a luxury lodge that nestles on LikomaIsland, lying about 12 km from the Mozambique side of Lake Malawi (or Lake Niassa). The island is located in the northeastern part of Lake Malawi, within the territorial waters of Mozambique.  Some 9 000 people live here in poverty with their main income from fishing and small fields of rice and cassava.

Visit the historic St Peter’s Cathedral in Mbamba town if you wish to learn more about the island. Kaya Mawa is beautifully perched on a rocky headland overlooking the lake and has been built by hand using local materials, mostly from stone and wood. The lodge is a well-recognised Malawian/Mozambican destination of choice.

Kaya Mawa offers 12 accommodation options which range from standard and premium suites to houses and family houses – all named after one of the local villages and all boasting marvellous views of the lake. Come to Kaya Mawa for romance, elegance and culture to explore.

The people are friendly allowing for visitors to wander around along dirt roads to markets and the cathedral without having to worry about being mugged. Mountain-biking is a great way to get around!

Kaya Mawa and Ibo Island Lodge in the Quirimbas Archipelago are synonymous in that local people were also trained to build the lodge then hired to become friendly efficient staff. Both hotels support the communities around them and both hotels want to give back to the people who come from these individual destinations.

Book a combo holiday package to Kaya Mawa and Ibo Island Lodge where you can experience an island and an ocean experience all in one? Likoma Island Divers partner with Kaya Mawa to provide PADI courses to visitors. Enjoy freshwater snorkelling in calm bays and diving at Ibo Island Lodge is also a delightful experience, where divers of all skills can get to see manta rays, whale sharks and plenty of game fish.

You can go sailing, kayaking and mountain biking on both islands. Lake Malawi offers exhilarating water skiing excursions with help from instructors! Both lodges serve delectable cuisine, prepared from locally sourced ingredients.