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Aqua Africa

Oilcom Road | Next to the Ilala Harbour, Nkhata Bay, Malawi
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    4 of 5 stars
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Lilongwe, Malawi
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having visited Nkhata Bay quite a lot in the past couple of years I have always found Aqua Africa to be an amazing place to visit and of course to dive. The night dive is something I have never experienced before and would strongly suggest to anyone interested in diving. Great view and tasty food makes this a great spot.

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Lilongwe, Malawi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

My wife and I stayed for two nights in early December 2014. The accommodations were basic but clean and had the necessities. There were two levels of rooms - standard for 35/nt and deluxe for 80/nt and we chose to go the cheaper route for the weekend. It was rather hot when we visited and might have chosen the nicer... More 

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Lusaka Province, Zambia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Our hosts Kelly and Simon turned a good stay into a great stay. Aqua Africa is a small four room hotel with a dive centre and restaurant/bar with water frontage in Nkhata Bay. The room we had was spotless with a good size double bed and walk in mosquito net and ensuite. The fittings and furniture were excellent quality and... More 

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

wow…right off the bay…a view, a double bed with net…hot water, a deck to watch the world go by….close to town …right off the town..and the woman who was the dive instructor and manager…Kelly was just wonderful, caring enthusiastic, and a great dive partner…..she was a gem…called places for us to eat and horse ride….and the chocolate cake there was... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Really loved our stay with simon and Kelly. Our room was basic but cheap for Malawi -$15. Stayed for 3 nights. We'd arranged to stay an extra night from the Ilala ferry but when we arrived at 9pm the room was taken. We were a bit gutted and annoyed but simon and Kelly were so apologetic and they rang up... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I didn't stay at the accommodation but learnt to dive with Simon and Kelly on their four day course. It was an amazing experience and Kelly was a very friendly, effective and professional teacher. I would strongly recommend learning to dive here/doing a dive; the lake is beautiful, its cheaper than other places, and Kelly and Simon are very welcoming.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We did our Open Water Course with Aqua Africa, and it was fantastic! Our instructor Kelly was extremely professional and thorough. It also is way cheaper than anywhere I have seen in Tanzania or Kenya. I highly recommend doing a night dive! And eat the chocolate cake too! Thanks Kelly and Simon!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Having not dived anywhere else I can't compare Aqua Africa but what I can say is that me and my friends all had a brilliant time. The course was pleasantly flexible (classroom work was moved days so that visibility could improve... and it did!) and relaxed but without feeling unsafe in any way. The rooms were nice and the cafe... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

After some diving experiences all over the world it was in Feb '14 time for me to get my Padi. And it was great to have that accomplished with the help of Simon and Kelly! They are walking the talk on safety, were very knowledgeable, having perfect gear and providing splendid views both below the water level as above.

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Nkhata Bay, Malawi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

I took open water diving course with AquaAfrica in Feb 2014. Originally I planned to do it in Cape Maclear but was advised by other backpackers to do it in Nkhata Bay. And that was a great choice. Not only was it cheaper but it was a four instead of three days. Plus it was totally safe and fun. Kelly... More 

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