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Big Blue Star Backpackers is a big beautiful paradise in the middle of the warm heart of "mamma Africa”. Located next to the lake, we offer many special offers including free internet & wi-fi, snorkeling and canoeing. Relax with scenic views of the lake and a beautiful bar area.

The Backpackers is situated on the on the lapping shores of the huge Lake Malawi, which is full of thousands of the famous Malawi chich lids of all colors shape and sizes, makes for wonderful diving or snorkeling right on your door step.

Big Blue is two minutes walk from the little fishing village of Nkhata Bay which has a busy daily market where you can experience the buzz of a busy Malawian life.

The village also has every thing a backpacker may need including a bank, clinic, post office, a small supermarket and immigration offices.

There’s a vibrant night life for the brave party animals, those not to keen on a party can relax on the Big Blue Star veranda and watch the night fishermen while enjoying a lovely home cooked meal. All food is made freshly from organic locally grown produce.

Location Information

In order to reach the destination, you need to follow these instructions.

You can get any direct bus to Nkhata bay or take a bus from Mzuzu then to Nkhata bay. The direct buses can come from Blantyre or Lilongwe

You need to get off at the main bus stop in Nkhata bay. Once you get off you need to walk up the hill in front of you for a short distance. Once you walk up the hill, you should us on the right hand side.

If arriving on the ferry, feel free to contact us and we will pick you up.



  • 24 Hour Check-In
  • Bar
  • Common Room
  • Travel Desk
  • Restaurant

Important Information





Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 Days before arrival. After this date, charges will be applied by the property up to the full cost of the reservation. Deposits paid are non refundable.

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Hotel Amenities

  • 24 hour hot showers
  • 24 hour reception
  • Bar
  • Car Parking
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free city tour
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Lounge area
  • No Curfew
  • Restaurant
  • Safety deposit
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk


  • Linen – FREE
  • Luggage Room – FREE
  • Breakfast – 650.00MWK

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