Gaf Adventures - Santa Maria/Inhaca Island

Departing out of Santa Maria as well as 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.

Gaf Adventures 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 6 anglers. 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. Please also make sure to let the captain know whether you want to depart from Santa Maria or Inhaca Island.

Whatever your angling aspirations, Gaf Adventures 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
    Full Day Charter - 3 days
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Day Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Overnight stay, lodging
    $650
    This full day 8 - 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
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $650
    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
    $650
    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.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Charter - 2 day
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Day Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Overnight stay, lodging
    $700
    This full day 8 - 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 Nov 1 - May 31
    $850
    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
    Full Day Trip–Inshore (6 MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $950
    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
    Full Day Trip–Offshore (4 MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,200
    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
    Extreme 100km offshore charter
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $1,450
    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.
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About the Captain

Laurens Koen
Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique
1 Fishing Report
ID & License verified
3 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
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 and his team will make sure your trips are fun and successful!

About this listing

Targeted species

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

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 36 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Popping
Drift Fishing
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Garmin
Fishfinder
See what is below the boat
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Spearfishing Equipment

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Shimano
Live Bait
Maasbanker to Tuna
Lures
Konas, live & dead bait traces
Catch cleaning & filleting
We clean your catch for you
First Mate

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Safety first. Weather & age dependant
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
No need to take the fish, put it back if you wish
Catch and Release Mandatory
Release all Billfish

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
PayPal
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.3 / 5
out of 5 stars from 2 reviews
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Good
3.0 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (5)
Heading out early
First fish of the day
Nice cuta for the pot
+2
Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
50%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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VERIFIED   Special 6 hours trip for Douglas Macfarlane on July 18, 2022
Laurence was great to communicate with and shared advice about travel and things to do. We initially booked for half day then...
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Bad day for fishing

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 21, 2022
My wife and I had gone out on a day with heavy wind and huge swells. Long story short, we were both sick 30minutes into the...
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FAQs about Gaf Adventures - Santa Maria/Inhaca Island

Gaf Adventures - Santa Maria/Inhaca Island offers the following trips to customers:
  • $650 per day per group - Full Day Charter - 3 days (3 days)
  • $650 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $650 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • $700 per day per group - Full Day Charter - 2 day (2 days)
  • $850 per group - Marlin Charter (8 hours)
  • $950 per group - Full Day Trip–Inshore (6 MAX) (10 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - Full Day Trip–Offshore (4 MAX) (10 hours)
  • $1,450 per group - Extreme 100km offshore charter (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Gaf Adventures - Santa Maria/Inhaca Island, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS Garmin
  • Fishfinder See what is below the boat
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Spearfishing Equipment

Trips booked with Gaf Adventures - Santa Maria/Inhaca Island include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano)
  • Live Bait (Maasbanker to Tuna)
  • Lures (Konas, live & dead bait traces)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (We clean your catch for you)
  • First Mate

Gaf Adventures - Santa Maria/Inhaca Island offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing

Gaf Adventures - Santa Maria/Inhaca Island offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Spearfishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Gaf Adventures - Santa Maria/Inhaca Island include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Marlin (Black)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Sailfish
  • Snoek
  • Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)
  • Trevally (Giant)
  • Tuna (Longtail)
  • Tuna (Skipjack)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo