Plenty of lake-based activities, or simply relaxing on a beautiful beach. A choice of accommodation is provided at Chintheche by Chintheche Inn, Makuzi Beach Lodge or The Beach House.

Nkhata Bay has good mid-market accommodation: Njaya Lodge and Safari Cottage. Further north is Sangilo Sanctuary, a real gem. Across the lake on Likoma Island is luxurious Kaya Mawa and on the Mozambique shore are Nkwichi Lodge in the unspoilt Manda Wilderness and Mbuna Bay Retreat, slightly further south. Returning south on the western shore, Ngala Beach Lodge, just north of Dwangwa, has recently been upgraded under new owners, and the Nkhotakota Safari Lodge is on the beach but also gives access to the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.

Back closer to Lilongwe, Senga Bay has the choice of the traditional colonial Sunbird Livingstonia Beach or the Safari Beach Lodge, set in a forest reserve and with some unique wildlife viewing opportunities.