The dock bustles with locals and tourists.
Ganvié is just one of several villages in Lake Nakoúe. It is the closest to the "mainland" and thus the most visited. It was founded in the 18th century by the Tofinu people who migrated south when their land no longer supported them.
They found refuge in the lake's shallow water which was perfect for fishing. The water also protected them from agression from the Fon and the Dahomey, both who had religious prohibitions against crossing water.
In the Tofinu language gan means "we are saved"; vié means "community."