Etymologically, the word “pirogue” comes from the Mayan word “piragua” meaning a small boat, a word that passed in same in Spanish and then was francized.
A “pirogue” is a long narrow boat, propelled by sail or paddle and sometimes equipped rocker. They are found in all countries of the world, especially in tropical and equatorial zones in Africa, Southeast Asia, Oceania and in some parts of America.
In Mauritius, the pirogue is the traditional boat of the fishermen. With a sail or with a motor, the pirogue is part of the daily lives of those who live by the sea, around the island. Some pirogues have fun names: “The blessed one,” “Jesus will be back soon”, “Grotanic” (a joke with Titanic) – that brings a touch of humor in the landscape and an undeniable charm, very local.