Swimming is a must on Likoma and is best on the long stretches of beach in the south. The tropical-fish population has been unaffected by the mainland’s overfishing, and the snorkelling is excellent. Snorkels are on hand at the island's accommodation options, which can arrange scuba diving and PADI courses too.
A range of water sports is also available through accommodation, from learning to kitesurf to waterskiing and wakeboarding.
The island’s compact but diverse area is perfect for walking and mountain biking; you can bring bikes across on the ferry or hire them from accommodation.