This peaceful town, known as San Martino in the days of Portuguese
Mozambique, is situated on a hill overlooking the sprawling waters
of the Uembje Lagoon. It's a massive stretch of water which is 8
km wide and 27 km long, plunging up to depths of 50 metres, but
so shallow near the shores that it's perfect for children.
Although the white sands and clear lagoon make you feel as if you
are in Greece, this is real Africa with rolling sand dunes, lush
vegetation and just a boat ride away, the powerful breakers of the
Large numbers of flamingos and other water birds flock here in summer
to pluck the spoils from the shallow fringes of the saline water.
For the rest of the year, Bilene is all about sailing, diving, fishing,
swimming and snorkelling.