Likoma District

About Likoma District

Land Area (km2) 18km2   (Ranking No.28 / 28 districts)
Population 14,527   (Ranking No.28 / 28 districts)
Population Density 807/km2   (Ranking No.1 / 28 districts)
Literacy Rate 84.60%   (Ranking No.1 / 28 districts)
Electrification Rate 46.38%   (Ranking No.2 / 28 districts)
Water pipe Rate 79.69%   (Ranking No.1 / 28 districts)
*The data is as of 2018.


Likoma is far offshore from Chintheche, Nkhata Bay, but only 7km from Mozambique, the larger of two inhabited islands in Lake Malawi, the smaller being Chizumulu Island.

The islands are entirely surrounded by Mozambican territorial waters, and both exclaves of Malawi.

The land area and population are the smallest, but the population density is the highest in the 28 districts.

The headquarters of the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa was founded in response to a plea by David Livingstone in the 1880s which caused it to be retained by Malawi when the Lake was divided politically after World War II in 1954.

The landmark of Likoma is St Peter’s Cathedral which was built between 1903 and 1911 and is the third largest cathedral in Central Africa.

This grand edifice is about the same size as Winchester Cathedral in England and has notable features carved on it such as soapstone choir stalls, fine stained-glass windows and a crucifix carved from a tree that grew in Zambia close to the village where David Livingstone died.

The island’s sandy beaches and secluded coves have some of the best snorkelling and diving spots in Malawi.

The southern plains are covered in massive baobabs, shady mango trees and impressive granite outcrops.

Dancing competitions known locally as Malipenga are interesting to watch due to the traditional instruments that are used and the eccentric colonial costumes the men wear.

Chichewa is the main language spoken in Likoma.

Currently, there is limited access to Likoma and Chizumulu, which is about 7 hours by the MV Ilala ferry leaving from Chintheche once a week on Mondays, and returning to the main land every Saturday from Likoma.

Likoma Population by Tribe

Tribe Nyanja Chewa Tonga Yao Others
Percentage 73.75% 9.19% 9.11% 1.39% 6.56%
*The data is as of 2018.

Likoma Population by Religion

Religion Christian Islam Others No Religion
Percentage 96.44% 2.26% 1.08% 0.22%
*The data is as of 2018.

Tourist Attraction in Likoma

St. Peter's CathedralLocated in the Likoma island, St Peter’s Cathedral is the principal ...

Activity in Likoma

Boat Tour in LikomaBoat Tour in Likoma Duration: approx. 6-7 hours Likoma Island is...
MV Ilala Ferry from Nkhata Bay to Likoma IslandMV Ilala Ferry The MV Ilala ferry is the main means of transport ar...

Shopping in Likoma

Shopping at Katundu in LikomaKatundu Name Katundu Location Mbungu village, Likoma...

Accommodations in Likoma

Chiponde Beach Resort in LikomaChiponde Beach Resort Name Chiponde Beach Resort Loca...
Mango Drift in LikomaMango Drift Name Mango Drift Location Likoma Ph...
Ulisa Bay Lodge in LikomaUlisa Bay Lodge Name Ulisa Bay Lodge Location Likoma...
Blue Gum Cottage in LikomaBlue Gum Cottage Name Blue Gum Cottage Location Liko...
Khaiko Lodge in LikomaKhaiko Lodge Name Khaiko Lodge Location Likoma ...
Kaya Mawa in LikomaKaya Mawa Name Kaya Mawa Location Nkwazi Village, Li...