There are numerous exciting activities and things to do around the Uembje lagoon. If you don’t have the necessary equipment, then take a look at what trips you can go on and what is up for hire/rent:
Sunset boat trips
Deep-Sea Fishing Charters
Tents and Camping equipment
Lagoon to Beach and back Transfers
Local village Cultural tours
After a long day of activities, you will no doubt be interested in relaxing with a cold beer and a dish of delicious local cuisine. Take advantage of the local amenities and experience the true hospitality of Mozambique
If you for some reason get tired of not doing anything, you can enjoy any of the following activities offered in the surrounding area
The very popular village of Bilene (Praia do Bilene) is approximately one and a half hours drive from Maputo (+/- 180km) and is not too far from Xai Xai. The lagoon allows for a variety of action-packed activities! Including safe bathing & calm waters for children
With Bilene situated reasonably close to the South African Borders and 180km North of Maputo, Bilene is becoming well recognized as a top holiday destination in Mozambique, with hundreds of holidaymakers flocking in every year to take advantage of Mozambique’s glorious weather, glistening waters of the Uembje lagoon and the large variety of exciting activities to do in Bilene.
Bird watchers will be thrilled to hear that there is an astounding variety of bird species with more than 100 that inhabit the lagoon and surrounding areas.
Green-backed Herons, Malachite’s and Pied Kingfishers are some of the many birds that are spotted and if you’re lucky, you may spot the Palm Nut Vulture.
Not to forget to mention that Flamingos are also very common here, especially in summer, which just adds to Bilene’s beautiful tropical setting.
After a long day of activities, you will no doubt be interested in relaxing with a cold beer and a dish of delicious local cuisine.
Bilene has over 10 walk-in beach bars and restaurants for you to indulge. Beach bars have a great vibe and get busy on the weekend with good music, dancing and one of Mozambique’s most popular drinks, Tipo Tinto Rum and Raspberry which is often referred to as R&R, as well as Mozambique’s popular beer choice of Laurentina and 2M, pronounced “dosh M”.
Fresh fruit and veg can be purchased in Bilene.
Like most of Mozambique's towns, there is always a local market selling a wide variety of goods and souvenirs that you can purchase, ranging from arts and crafts, beads, necklaces, paintings, alcohol, to local produce and famous Portuguese rolls "Pau".
You can find the following amenities in Bilene. Petrol & Diesel Gas Station, 2 banks in Bilene: BIM and BCI.
A popular activity thoroughly enjoyed by visitors is Jet Skiing on the Lagoon. It's a great way to explore the entire lagoon right from the doorstep of the lodge you're staying at. Find your way out of the lagoon mouth and onto the ocean to discover un-spoilt beaches North and South with opportunistic sightings of whales, Sea Turtles, Zambezi Sharks, and dolphins.
For those who don't know what Parasailing is, it's when you glide through the air wearing an open parachute while being towed by a speedboat or rubber duck! Sounds like fun? It is!! It's an adrenalin-packed activity that's becoming very popular amongst the resorts and lodges in Bilene. Once again, the sheltered lagoon provides perfect conditions for parasailing.
Bilene's Lagoon allows for excellent Kite surfing conditions without too much fuss of wind direction. Inexperienced Kite surfers can arrange an experienced kite surfing instructor in Bilene to give you the lessons needed to getting started whilst on your holiday.
Witness a fascinating display of nature when Leather-Back and Loggerhead turtles visit our beaches to nest their eggs during the months between November and March. With a bit of luck and good timing, you can also see the newborn sea turtles hatch and scramble to shore where they will begin a life in the big blue sea.
About 1.5km from the Lagoon mouth on Bilene beach is a high viewpoint called Turtle Cliff, where you can climb and enjoy spectacular 360-degree views of the ocean and Bilene beach. This is a great advantage point to spot birdlife, dolphins, turtles, and whales that migrate up along Mozambique's coastline between the months of May and January.
For all those petrol and diesel guzzling 4x4's, there are petrol stations supplying both in Bilene, though if you are on a budget, it is advised to fill up your fuel tanks at the Komatipoort or Golela border in South Africa and Swaziland as the fuel prices in Mozambique is more expensive than in South Africa.
Enjoy a scenic drive through and around the edge of the entire Lagoon.
The surrounding area of Bilene is also scored with many dirt roads leading to and from different beaches, lagoons nearby, villages nearby, up to the Limpopo River Mouth of Xai Xai beach and beyond.
Fishing enthusiasts will be delighted to hear that Bilene gives anglers the option to not only go Deep Sea Fishing but to also exploit their fishing skills within the Lagoon and on a number freshwater lakes North and South of Bilene, including unspoiled lakes such as Lake Sauce, Lake Gire, Lake Chissura and Lake Pab.
A scenic 4x4 or Quad Bike drive is all that's needed to get to these lakes.
On the oceans side of Bilene, shallow reefs close to shore attract schools of Big Game Fish which ultimately gives the Deep sea fisherman plenty of action.
Every year, the Mozambican locals open up the Lagoons mouth which allows migrating fish to swim up and into the lagoon, creating yet another great fishing spot.
So make sure your rod and reel are the first items packed before you leave to go on your holiday!
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