The Centre de Pêche was founded in 1972 by the de Ravel brothers, Alain, Roland, and Pierre. The brothers invested in the construction of the hotel ‘le Centre de Pêche’ before turning their attention to establishing a fishing center.
With the help villagers and friends, ‘les Flippers’ became the first charter business in western Mauritius. The boat was named ‘LE FLIPPER 1’ in 1972, followed by ‘LE FLIPPER’ 2 through 6 by 1978.
Situated at Black River, the de Ravel brothers developed their fishing center into a famous destination. Managed at the time by Roland Tyack, the center was internationally renowned and welcomed fishermen from around the world, including celebrities such as the French singer and actor, Carlos.
In 1987, the fishing center had achieved a world record with the catch of a Wahoo weighing in at 125lbs. The stories of the center’s wooden boats voyaged around the globe, passing through Europe, South Africa, and Australia.
In 1987, the de Ravel brothers sold their hotel and the Flippers to Loïs Levieux. With the help of Jacques Lagane, Levieux sold some of the wooden boats and replaced them with boats made from a then-revolutionary material – fiberglass. ‘LE FLIPPER’ 7, 8, and 9 joined the fleet.
In 1996, Hervé de Baize and two associates bought the center’s business, as well as two boats – FLIPPER 7 and FLIPPER 8, with Loïs Levieux.