2021-06-30

Fadiouth, Shell island Senegal

Joal-Fadiouth, a commune and town in the Thies Region near the Petite Cote of Senegal is south-east of Dakar. It was also the home of Leopold Sedar Senghor's first president, during the history of independence. The shell island Senegal, Joal-Fadiut, a fishing village, because the whole island is covered in shells, this place has been renowned for its uniqueness.

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Joal-Fadiouth Island

Joal-Fadiouth Island

Joal-Fadiouth island village is split into two parts. Joal is located on the mainland and Fadiouth on the island. Both are connected with wooden bridge, approximately 500 meters in length. Senegalese coastline's very shallow waters and high temperatures have resulted in a unique combination. The ideal environment for breeding shellfish. Over the millennia tide and nature have slowly moved towards the coast, creating "shell fossils".

Joal Fadiouth island, also known as "Island of Seashells", is also known. It is only 500m long and its inhabitants are completely engaged in the trade and collection of all types of shellfish, mostly oysters. Some shells were even used in the construction of churches, mosques, and other buildings.

Shell island Shells

Tourists are drawn to the beautiful buildings and the nearby cemetery. It is actually located on a separate island that is connected to Fadiouth via a bridge. Nearly all the graves are Christian. However, there are also many Muslim burials. It is also entirely covered in shells, making the cemetery very picturesque. The local residents have their own rules. They bury the dead with SUM-SUM (a local alcoholic drink) to make it more enjoyable in the next world.

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Joal-Fadiouth Island
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Ile de Fadiouth
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Shell Island Senegal
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Fadiouth
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Fadiouth
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Shell Island Senegal
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Ile de Fadiouth
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Joal-Fadiouth Island
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Joal-Fadiouth Island
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Shell Island Shells
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Island Made of Shells

Joal is on the mainland while Fadiouth lies on an island with clam shells. These shells are used in local architecture as well as crafts. Signs at the entrance indicate that there is no motorized transport in the village. There are large Christian and Muslim communities with cemeteries located on an island shell. Granaries built on stilts and positioned in the water are another attraction. More than 50,000 people live in the commune.

Village on an Island Made of Shell — Video

Fadiouth, Shell island Senegal Google Map

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Shell Island Shells
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