It is one of the prettiest of the lake side towns laying half way between Rubavu and Rusizi, on the shores of lake Kivu, one of the largest in land water bodies. Kibuye is known as a beach resort, with many islands and crystal clear water with rocky beaches to enjoy. Although the beaches are not sandy, they are ideal for swimming. Kibuye is a one of the best places to go for a relaxing time away.

The main attractions are Lake Kivu, especially for water transport activities and boating to the many small volcanic islands on the lake. There are several community based tours such as visits to the tea and coffee plantations and the genocide memorial sites.

A museum of environment is being built and a golf resort and Marina are planned future developments for this area.

This diversity of climate allows the Karongi district to enjoy many different types of farming adapted to each climatic zone. The economy of the area is based on the production tea and coffee as well as beans, rice, bananas, cassava, and potatoes while tourism to the area is being encouraged with the development of a number of good hotels and activities in the area.