This small resort town sits on the large Uembje Lagoon, which is separated from the open sea by a narrow, sandy spit and dunes. If you’re based in Maputo with a car at your disposal, it makes an enjoyable getaway, but if you’re touring and want some sand, head further north to the beaches around Inhambane or south to Ponta d’Ouro.
Unlike most of Mozambique's other coastal lakes and lagoons, Bilene's Uembje Lagoon gets regular influxes of seawater via a narrow channel to the ocean, so conditions vary with the seasons. In general, the winter months are best, with breezes and waves.
In the 19th century the area around Bilene served as capital for Gaza chief Soshangane.