Gozo Azul Marine - Santa Maria

“Gozo Azul” means “Blue Enjoyment.” What better to describe big game fishing in Mozambique?

Departing out of Santa Maria near Inhaca Island, Laurens Koen will take you to explore the big game highways that run along the eastern coast of Africa. If you’re looking for BIG game fish, you’ve come to the right place.

Gozo Azul Marine Adventure Fishing Charters is an enthusiastic, friendly, owner-run deep sea fishing charter with more than 25 years of fishing experience. There’s a lot to be said for a quarter of a century as a captain: Laurens certainly knows these waters. Choose your trip, and he’ll take you on the hunt for everything from Mackerel to Marlin.

Your trip will start with a dry surf launch as you head out to sea aboard the “Numzaan.” This custom-built Butt Cat is fitted with a range of electronics designed to put you on the fish, fast. At 30’, she has plenty of room aboard for 8 anglers on shorter trips, although day trips are more comfortable with 4-6. On board, you’ll find a Garmin GPS and sounder, as well as night lights and a radio. Perfect for a productive and enjoyable day on the water!

Depending on the trip you choose, you could be fishing the reefs or deep sea waters for a variety of species. Longer trips will take you up to 50 miles offshore in search of giant Blue and Black Marlin and other game fish, while shorter trips will take you fishing the local Maputo waters for Snoek, King Mackerel, and more.

Shimano tackle, live bait, and lures will be ready for you onboard the boat once you arrive. All you need to bring is a fishing license, which can be purchased from the maritime office on Inhaca Island or bought on your behalf by the charter company at your request.

Whatever your angling aspirations, Gozo Azul knows what it takes to enjoy the deep blue waters to the full. Let them show you how it’s done!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Extreme 100km offshore charter
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 hour trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    up to 8 persons
    A full day extreme offshore charter to the Elmirante Leite banks 120km east of Santa Maria / Inhaca Island. The banks are situated in the warm Agulhas sea current and were formed by underwater valcano. The sea floor bottom consists of numerous drop-offs and craters rising from 1000m to 80/60m below the surface. These rich waters are unused by the sports angler making it the perfect exciting destination for targeting big yellow fin tuna, wahoo, dorado, sailfish, striped marlin, black and blue marlin.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip–Offshore (4 MAX)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    up to 8 persons
    This 10 hour trip will take you up to 50 km offshore, where you will have the chance to target big game species such as Yellowfin and Longfin Tuna, Sailfish, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo. This trip is the ultimate offshore adventure for up to 4 anglers.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip–Inshore (6 MAX)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    up to 8 persons
    This full day 10 hour inshore fishing charter is for up to six people fishing, with a group of 4 people preferred. You will be fishing in a marine protected area, where you will troll for pelagic game fish such as Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and more. This will give you the chance to learn a great deal about the waters off southern Mozambique.
  • Private trip
    Marlin Charter
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Nov - 31 May
    up to 8 persons
    The fishing waters off Santa Maria / Inhaca Island in Mozambique are world famous for their Bill fish. Numerous Black, Blue, Striped marlin and sailfish are caught and released here every year. In 2018 a Blue of over a 1000 pounds were landed in these waters. Boat is available for 1 - 6 people with 4 people as the preferred group size.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    up to 8 persons
    This six hour fishing charter will take you fishing in a marine protected area near Maputo, Santa Maria, and Inhaca Island. You will be targeting game fish / pelagics species, as reef and bottom fishing are not allowed here to conserve the local ecosystem. You will be trolling with a range of baits and lures for species such as Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, King and Spanish Mackerel, and more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    up to 8 persons
    This half day fishing trip will take you trolling the waters around Inhaca, the Maputo Bay, and beyond. You will be targeting pelagic game fish such as Mahi Mahi, Snoek, Mackerel, and more. Gozo Azul Fishing Charters promotes catch and release of all Billfish.
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About the Captain

Laurens Koen
Maputo, Mozambique
1 Reports
Response time 25 hours
Member since July 2014
Captain Laurens Koen has been fishing these waters for the past 3 decades and guided customers for two and a half. He's mastered all the best-hidden fishing spots and tricks of the local fish. He got his undying love of the ocean at just 5 years old, when he got his first pair of fins and a snorkeling mask. He feels lucky that he lives on the water and that what used to be his hobby has become his day job. Always doing everything in his power to help his customers catch as much fish as possible, Capt. Laurens makes sure your trips are fun and successful!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Black)
Marlin (Blue)

Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)
Trevally (Giant)
Tuna (Longtail)

Tuna (Skipjack)
Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Butt Cat (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2016. Powered by 2 200HP Suzuki 4-stroke engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

30 ft
8 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing


Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Spearfishing Equipment
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory


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