Aqua Africa

Guesthouse in Nkhata Bay

With whitewashed rooms featuring polished stone floors, step-in mozzie nets and blue curtains opening onto balconies overlooking the bay, this dive school's four rooms often host its students. The Dive Deck Cafe, complete with wicker loungers and viewing deck, has an excellent menu ranging from full breakfasts to nachos, Cajun chicken, fish burgers and peanut-coated chicken strips (mains MK2500).

British mother-and-son team Deborah and Craig are friendly and helpful, and kayaks are offered free to guests. It's up the hill two minutes' walk from the harbour.