Indian Ocean Travel

Indian Ocean Travel by TOURISMER

All the cultural wealth of the countries of the Indian Ocean: the customs of the countries, their way of working and communicating

 What culture for the Indian Ocean?

Land and sea routes were used by travelers who practiced Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism and Manichaeism.

Local populations “absorbed” elements of the new cultures they encountered and travelers brought back to their countries of origin with them elements of local cultures which thus spread throughout this vast region.

The Indian Ocean has been known since ancient times.

 The fascination of the Indian Ocean quickly appears: it is the Ocean of all riches.

Alexander’s armies crossed it on their return from India. At the time of Cleopatra, the Egyptians brought back pearls and precious stones.

From the Middle Ages, at the time of the Crusades, it became one of the silk, spice and perfume routes. During the Renaissance, via the Cap de Bonne It is the royal road to the riches and splendors of the Eastern Coast of Africa and the marvelous islands of Zanzibar, the Comoros, Madagascar, Reunion, Mauritius and beyond. beyond India and the Far East.

Conquerors, missionaries, adventurers, merchants, traffickers go there to the rhythm of the monsoons. Soon after the Spaniards and the Portuguese, the Dutch, the French, the English created their famous East India companies which founded counters like those of Zanzibar or Diego Suarez.


By the Atlantic arrive the Gold and Silver of the new world, by the Indian Ocean the spices, the pearls, the diamonds which make the fortune of Amsterdam or Antwerp.

In France, Colbert created the port of Lorient in 1664 to ensure traffic with the Indian Ocean. Now all the major European powers, but especially France and England are fighting for control of the Indian Ocean.

Depending on conquests and political variations, the mythical islands change their names.

During the Romantic era, the Indian Ocean became the Ocean of dreams from Baudelaire to Rimbaud, from Bernardin de Saint-Pierre to Henry de Monfreid.

And now here is an abundance of its cultural riches!

Responsible Tourism in the Indian Ocean