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Aqua Africa Lodge

Oilcom Road | Next to the Ilala Harbour, Nkhata Bay, Malawi
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Calgary, Canada
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68 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Mixed vibes and feelings here, however it was a decent place to stay and James did go out of his way to be helpful to us during our stay. I think the main issue was staying to long, it really is the best place to be to go diving! Very relaxed and chill atmosphere. If your in Nkhata bay and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Debbie (owner) and Holly (dive master) are fantastic. Comfortable rooms and beautiful views. Their are a lot of dogs but they are friendly and cute. My wife is disabled (can't walk) but Debbie was super helpful in accommodating her as best as she could. They were also great with my 9 year old daughter. The food was definitely the best... More 

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Thank keirp2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I just spent the weekend at aqua africa .thanks to Debbie Craig answer Miss Holly James .I had 2 amazing dives .first at playground dive site .Vis was excellent we saw catfish .cichlids of course and crabs .Had fun on the long swim through and a great explore along the north south wall dive lasted 50 minutes and was all... More 

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Miss J, PADI Instructor at Aqua Africa Lodge, responded to this review

I'm so glad you enjoyed your diving Adrian and thank you for the lovely weekend. Really hope you decide to take your training further with us and join us for your professional PADI Divemaster course soon!!! Holly :) More 

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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here as its right next to where the boats leave to other destinations across the lake. We met the new owners of the place as well as the dive instructor, Holly. There are 4 rooms and about 10 dogs! The food and company was excellent and if we had had more time we would have stayed longer. Thanks... More 

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Thank David M
Miss J, PADI Diving Instructor at Aqua Africa Lodge, responded to this review

It was lovely to have you & Caroline to stay & we too wish it could have been for longer. I hope you have a great adventure down south & my advice on hiking Mulanje was helpful. Safe travels More 

Victoria, Canada
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33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

This is likely the only decent place to stay in town, and it is in a convenient location. The owner, dive instructor and staff do what they can to make one’s stay enjoyable. I enjoyed all my meals there, and guests even come across the bay via boat from Mayoka Village to eat there. The view from the reception /... More 

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Miss J, PADI Diving Instructor at Aqua Africa Lodge, responded to this review

It was a real pleasure to have you stay with us in February Danny. Many thanks for the nice review and we hope to have you stay again in the future! Best wishes, Holly More 

Malawi
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

We stayed at Aqua Africa for 3 nights and would highly recommend it here. It's a good location by the ferry port with its own beach. The staff, food and rooms were really good and James the manager is star, helping us with many requests and good advice. Really nice chilled out place to stay in Nkhata Bay.

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Thank Russ G
Blantyre, Malawi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

we stayed at Aqua Africa for a week of diving. What a lovely time we had. The diving was so worth the trip, Holly our dive Instructor is just awesome and goes out of her way for everyone. James, the man in charge, was a wonderful host and gentleman, made us feel at home and comfortable and makes a damn... More 

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14 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

Don't miss James' bbq - best salads and fish :) Haven't stayed there, but do enjoy the swimming and then a bbq afterwards with a G&T and fab views over the bay & lake. They also do lovely chocolate cake and (fresh) mint tea. Drinks are more expensive than elsewhere in town, but the views and cool breeze make up... More 

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Ashurst, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

I've visited Aqua a few times and it remains one of the best places to stay and socialise in Nkata Bay, and Malawi. The management are attentive and helpful. The staff are well equipped and friendly. Their menu is good and their bar well stocked. James - the manager - cooks a mean barbecue and is very helpful from initial... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

James is the nicest host you can imagine! Prepared a delicious braai (ask for it!) and helped us out by getting us to Mzuzu to pay. Diving was great too, different to coral reefs, but absolutely worth it! Professional DM and gear for a good price!

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  • Beachfront
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A PADI Scuba Diving Resort with comfortable, air-conditioned rooms and the best lunches in town. Situated right at the edge of Lake Malawi nestled in the rocky bays of the Northern District. Let us take you on an unforgettable journey through the crystal clear waters right at our front door. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Aqua Africa Lodge

Address: Oilcom Road | Next to the Ilala Harbour, Nkhata Bay, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Northern Region > Nkhata Bay
Number of rooms: 4
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