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Boat

Boat

The MV Ilala ferry is a popular means of travelling around the lake and to Likoma and Chizumulu islands. It was built in 1949 and is a 400-tonne passenger vessel. It has a total capacity of 450 passengers and offers cabin class, first class, second class, and economy class facilities as well as bars and restaurants. Travelling between Monkey Bay in the south and Chilumba in the north, it makes 23 stops at lakeside villages and towns once a week. The whole trip, from one end of the line to the other, takes about three days. The official schedules are detailed in the table below (As of August 2017).

Port Arrival Departure
Monkey Bay 8:00am (Fri)
Mankanja 11am (Fri) 12:00am (Fri)
Senga Bay 1:30pm (Fri) 2:30pm (Fri)
Nkhotakota 9:30pm (Fri) 4:00am (Sat)
Likoma Island 10:30am (Sat) 5:00pm (Sat)
Nkhata Bay 0:00am (Sat) 5:00am (Sun)
Usisya 8:00am (Sun) 9:00am (Sun)
Ruarwe 10:00am (Sun) 10.30am (Sun)
Tcharo 11:30am (Sun) 0:30pm (Sun)
Mlowe 2:00pm (Sun) 2:30pm (Sun)
Chilumba 5:30am (Sun)
Port Arrival Departure
Chilumba 2:30am (Mon)
Mlowe 5:30am (Mon) 6:00am (Mon)
Tcharo 7:30am (Mon) 8:00am (Mon)
Ruarwe 9.00am (Mon) 9:30am (Mon)
Usisya 10:30am (Mon) 11:30am (Mon)
Nkhata Bay 2:30pm (Mon) 1:30am (Tue)
Chizumulu 5:30am (Tue) 7:30am (Tue)
Likoma Island 9:00am (Tue) 3:00pm (Tue)
Nkhotakota 10:00pm (Tue) 5:00am (Wed)
Senga Bay 0:00pm (Wed) 1:30pm (Wed)
Makanjira 3.00pm (Wed) 5:00pm (Wed)
Monkey Bay 8:00pm (Wed)
To/from Mozambique

Please note, that if you plan to travel from Likoma to Mozambique, you must tell the captain of the boat prior to departure so that the immigration officer meets the boat at the port in Cobue as visas cannot be obtained in Metangula.