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Welcome to Kaya Mawa


Situated on the stunning Likoma island in the middle of Lake Malawi, set in the warm heart of Africa. Kaya Mawa, meaning Maybe Tomorrow, offers the ultimate beach destination in Africa, as an amazing escape in itself, before or after your safari elsewhere. For complete relaxation and indulgence, or to enjoy a variety of unique watersports. Upon arrival on the islands airstrip, you will experience the warmest welcome by the friendly people in the local communities.



At Kaya, we offer a variety of luxurious rooms, all with spectacular views of the beach or lake. Each chalet having its own unique décor and some offering private pools.


Scuba diving

Scuba Diving and Snorkelling

Kaya Mawa is partnered with Likoma Island Divers, a recognised PADI Resort. We have two in-house dive instructors who can cater for any skill levels and teach a full range of PADI courses, ensuring everybody can enjoy an underwater adventure during your stay.

Likoma Island, surrounded by the pristine waters of Lake Malawi, is widely regarded as having the best diving on the Lake, both in terms of the diversity of fish species and their sheer abundance.



Kaya Mawa offers three Lasers and one Laser 2 for our guests to enjoy, either sailing solo or with our instructor.


Kayaking and paddle boarding

You will find Kayaks and paddle boards dotted around the beach for your enjoyment, so why not grab one and go on your own little adventure.

Kite surfing

Kite surfing

Kaya Mawa has the only kite surfing centre on Lake Malawi as far as we know. With all new Cabrinha equipment available to rent for those experienced boarders and an instructor who can run beginner courses. Kitting is seasonal so be sure to contact us to get the latest wind updates.


Waterskiing and wakeboarding

With skis that fit ages 5+ and a trained instructor on hand to give handy tips and pointers to ensure you will be on your feet (or knees) in no time.



Our boatmen were all fishermen in their past lives so know all the best spots to catch. Here at Kaya Mawa we promote a catch and release policy to ensure the populations keep growing.

Relax on the beach

Relax on the beach

The beach at Kaya Mawa offers our guests plenty of activities. From kayaking to sailing or just sitting on our sun lounges dotted around the beach you can find anyway to relax. Crystal clear and still in the mornings is a perfect opportunity to go snorkeling or water ski on the glassy water. On Kaya Mawa’s beach you can find the bar and restaurant where you have lunch and dine in the evenings.

Relax in our spa

Relax in our spa

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Indulge at- the bar

The bar and restaurant are at the east end of our beach where it meets the rocky knoll. Split into a multi level deck the area offers seating at the bar, around coffee tables or a lounging area on comfy sofas.The bar offers fantastic sunset views and all the way to the south of the lake just meters from the water.


Indulge at the restaurant

Our Award Nominated kitchen here at Kaya Mawa prides itself on serving fresh, healthy and innovative dishes using local organic produce, hand picked herbs from our garden and well sourced meats and fresh lake fish.Indulge at breakfast time with a classic Eggs Benedict or keep it light with fresh fruit salad and toasted muesli. .Enjoy a lazy lunch of homemade bread and dips followed by the kitchen teams creation of the day.


Fancy going to see some local football where the atmosphere is buzzing? Talk to one of our managers to find out when a game is on.

Quad biking

A much more leisurely way to take the island in is by quad bike, led by a guide you will be shown all the sights of Likoma without working up a sweat.

Mountain biking

Fancy a bit of off road cycling? Then we have mountain bikes for all ages.


Explore the island - Walking

With an island as friendly as Likoma no guides are necessary, but are on hand should you wish. Wonder off and see where the road takes you, to the cathedral and the market, or the textiles workshop or one of the many community projects. It really couldn't be much easier and safer.

Practical information

Visa and travel

  • Malaria – we recommend that visitors to Malawi take malaria prophylactics.
  • Tetanus, polio, typhoid and the hepatitis vaccinations are recommended. Yellow fever immunization is required only by visitors entering Malawi from a yellow fever zone.
  • It is advisable to know your blood group in case of an emergency; a hospital is located on the island or a larger facility 1.5hours flight away
  • Guests need a full valid passport to enter Malawi.
  • Most visitors require a visum, which is available on arrival and costs $75 single entry or $150 multiple entry. If you need any visa information, please do not hesitate to contact us so we can assist you.


May: lovely clear blue skies, the rains have mostly finished. The lake is full and temperatures are around 28 degrees.
June - August: Our coolest season. We have a prevailing wind that blows through for a few days at a time keeping temperatures down to 20-25 degrees in the day and as low as 16 at night. The mornings tend to be calm and then by midday the wind picks up occasionally producing a swell not much different from the sea.
September - December: It slowly warms up to up to about 35 degrees, the water reaching 20+ degrees. Clear blue skies during the day and starry nights.
December - April: Our rainy season although it doesn't tend to rain much during the days. The rain normally starts around 9 at night and stops by 5 in the morning, no guarantees though. The temperature is cooler than November as the evening showers cool down the land. Temperatures during the day reach about 30 degrees with medium humidity.

Getting Here

By Air: You'll need to get to Kamuzu international airport, Lilongwe. The favoured routes being via Lusaka, Nairobi, Addis or Johannesburg, Proflight flight (from Lusaka), Kenya Airways (from Nairobi), Ethiopean Airways (from Addis) and South African Airways (from Johannesburg). Once at Lilongwe, you'll need to clear customs (we can have someone meet you and guide you through if you would like) and then on to a light aircraft to bring you over to Likoma Island. It's about an hour's flight from Lilongwe to Likoma with beautiful scenery all the way. For more information regarding flights and rates please get in touch and we can help to find the best option. Water transportation; how about jumping aboard a 1956 converted steamer, the Ilala. Once you arrive in Lilongwe we can arrange for a vehicle to take you down to Chipoka, or Nkhotakota. From there the ferry can pick you up and bring you up to the Island. It's a 24 hour trip with a few stops on the way. It's how the locals get out to the island and is always an interesting experience. Be warned it is not the most reliable form of transport and it only visits the island once a week (departing Friday, arriving Saturday). To get from Ila Safari Lodge to Kaya Mawa, via Lusaka or Mfuwe (South Luangwa) will take around one day (1 drive, 2 short flights or 3 short flights). Please ask your travel agent or ground handler for advise. All transfers can be arranged by Green Safaris.

What to bring

  • Swimming attire
  • Hat
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Light pair of trousers
  • Light jumper (if you come in the cooler season)
  • Sandals/flip flops
  • Prescription drugs
  • Toiletries bag
  • At least two good books
  • Spare glasses/sunglasses/contact lenses
  • Sunscreen protection
  • After sun if you forget the sunscreen!

Please note that your weight allowance on the light aircraft is 15kg and soft bags must be used. It is always advisable to pack in your hand luggage a change of clothes and anything you may require on a daily basis whilst away, just in case your luggage is misplaced en- route. It is advisable to make sure that you have full travel insurance whilst travelling in Africa.