Lake Malawi takes up 23,000 square km of Malawi’s total area of 118,400 square km, and and nicknamed the 'calendar lake' at 364 miles long and 52 miles wide. It is the third largest lake in Africa and ninth in the world. The lake and its islands are a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the continent's most important freshwater fish sanctuaries. Lake Malawi has the largest number of fish species in any lake in the world. With more than 800 fish species (tropical fish cichlids) and crystal clear, warm water to see them in, snorkelling and scuba diving are a must.
Its crystal clear moving water, fine sandy beaches, wooden islands, marine life and breath taking views are its major attractions to tourists. It offers a unique African inland beach experience.
Sporting activities on the lake include swimming, scuba diving, sea kayaking, water skiing, surfing, snorkeling. Some resorts at the lake have beach volleyball, squash, tennis courts, and golf and play grounds for kids.
The lake is also known as the Lake of Stars – because of its sparkling waters, and hence it is home to the Lake of Stars Music festival.
A 40 - minute boat ride from shore, takes you to Mumbo and Domwe Islands which have no permanent structures, and they are a great retreat from the outside world.