Mussel Barge Snapper Safaris was established in Coromandel Town in 1997.
Original owner/operators Roy and Gay Andrews saw the opportunity to develop a charter business after Roy spent many years working on the mussel barges during the week and taking people out fishing on the weekend.
Seeing the need and demand for a solely charter fishing barge they purchased their first vessel in 1997 and haven’t looked back. In 1999, son-in-law Darryl, and wife Megan, moved up from the Hawkes Bay to help them out and in 2008 they purchased the business from Roy and Gay.
In 2002 a new vessel was added to the fleet to cater to the demand, nearly doubling the passenger load.
In 2013, the decision was made by us to begin upgrading our fleet. In November of this year a brand new vessel will be added to our business. She is a 12mtr aluminium cat with a planing hull. She will be fitted out with two 200hp four-stroke motors, flush toilet, bbq, hot water for tea and coffee, seating, and sun cover.