Off the eastern shore of the Lake is Likoma Island: a Malawian territory in Mozambican waters. Historically it was the setting for the headquarters of the University Mission to Central Africa (Livingstone’s mission) in the 1880s; This caused it to be retained by Malawi when the Lake was divided politically after World War II.
Likoma’s claim to fame is its cathedral on which work began in 1903. This vast building has some most exciting features including stained glass and carved soapstone.
The island is otherwise deserted, although it has bustling local communities and some lovely beaches. Nearby is another tiny island, Chizumulu, also Malawian territory. Access to Likoma Island is currently by boat or aircraft.