Scuba Diving in Malawi

Scuba Diving in Malawi

With dramatic rock formations, caves and cliffs creating an attractive terrain for underwater diving, Lake Malawi is known as one of the world’s premier freshwater diving destinations.

It has more species of freshwater fish than any other lake on earth (over 1,000) and more freshwater fish than Europe and North America combined.

You can dive all year round, but the best time to dive is during the dry season from August to December, when the lake is at its calmest, the clarity is 20-30m, there is little wind and the water temperature is as high as 30°C.

This is the breeding season for cichlids and their mouth-breeding phenomenon is one of the most fascinating phenomena seen on Lake Malawi dives.

Mothers protect their eggs in their mouths until they are large enough to fend for themselves.

Also, night diving in Lake Malawi is considered one of the most unique diving experiences on earth, as schools of dolphinfish use torchlight to catch cichlids, their prey.

You can also see catfish as large as two metres in length coming up from their burrows in search of food.

Catfish are very curious and will approach divers who enter their territory, especially during the breeding season.

Malawi is said to be one of the most reasonably priced countries in Africa for PADI (Professional Association for Diving Instructors) certification.

Dive schools in Nkhata Bay and Cape Maclear offer basic courses including a half-day course for beginners and a four-day ‘PADI Open Water Course’, as well as for those already qualified, refresher courses, advanced courses and specialty diving are offered.

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Diving Schools in Malawi

Name Aqua Africa
Location Nkhata Bay, Malawi
Phone +265 (0) 999 921 418
Name Cape Maclear Scuba
Location Cape Maclear, Mangochi, Malawi
Phone +265 (0) 999 952 488

Places for Water Sports and Water Activities in Malawi

Nkhata Bay

Aqua Africa

Location Opposite Nkhata Bay Ilala Ferry Port, Nkhata Bay
Phone +265 (0) 999 921 418
Whatsapp +265 (0) 995 279 683 for Diving Enquiries
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Monkey Business

Location Butterfly Space, Nkhata Bay
Phone +265 (0) 999 437 247
Facebook @monkeybusinessnkhatabay

Mayoka Village

Location Mayoka Village, Nkhata Bay
Phone +265 (0) 999 268 595
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Kaya Mawa

Location Nkwazi Village, Likoma
Phone +260 (0) 979 312 766
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Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Location Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve
Phone +265 (0) 998 724 466
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Blue Zebra Island Lodge

Location Nankoma Island, Senga Bay
Phone +265 (0) 992 244 244
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Sigelege Beach Resort

Location Senga Bay, Salima
Phone +265 (0) 888 818 088
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Cape Maclear

Cape Maclear Scuba

Location Cape Maclear, Mangochi
Phone +265 (0) 999 952 488

Scuba Shack

Location Cape Maclear, Mangochi
Phone +265 (0) 999 140 905
Facebook @Scubashackcapemaclear

Mumbo Island

Location Lake Malawi National Park, Mangochi
Phone +27 (0) 827 854 294
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Pumulani Lodge

Location Nankumba, Mangochi
Phone +265 (0) 993 504 600, +260 (0) 765 023 939
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The Makokola Retreat

Location Nkopola, Mangochi
Phone +265 (0) 888 796 424
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Sunbird Nkopola

Location Nkopola, Mangochi
Phone +265 (0) 1 580 444
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Sun ‘n’ Sand Holiday Resort

Location Monkey Bay road, Mangochi, Malawi
Phone +265 (0) 996 492 399, +265 (0) 999 220 786
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