Big Blue Backpackers

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Located on the beautiful shore of Lake Malawi we offer the best of both worlds, from the peaceful location of our backpackers with its laid back carribean feel, we are only a short two minutes walk from the centre of town. Big Blue Backpackers is your new home when visiting Nkhata Bay in the Warm Heart of Africa. Recently re opened by a Welsh and Malawian couple, Gwyn and Sarai, we aim to make your stay unforgettable.

Nkhata Bay has everything the traveller needs, banks, clinic, and post office on our doorstep, immigration to extend visas, and a small lively market selling home grown food. For those looking to ride the IIala ferry we are just the other side of the bay so you can relax and watch it arrive from our deck or bar, and let our staff help you on board with your bags.

Our beautiful site perched on the shores of Lake Malawi is your ideal spot to lounge the days away on our deck, and for the more adventurous. We can arrange boat trips on the lake to feed the fish eagle, hiking trips and cliff jumping, or visits to the local rubber plantations. As the only locally owned and run backpackers, any cultural visits to the villages to see dances etc, are authentic so only occur at certain times of the year, enquire with us and experience real lake side Tonga culture.

We have a fully stocked bar open early till late, relax and watch the sun go down with a meal and a cold beer, or just spend the day relaxing on our comfortable seating watching life on the lake. We also offer a wide range of freshly cooked local purchased food, freshly caught bata fish is a must have for your evening meal, brought in direct from the lake in the early evening.


Around the place
  • Laundry service
  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Chef
  • Cook
  • Kitchen
  • Bartender
  • Gardener
  • Housekeeper
  • Hot water
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Water sports centre


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