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  • tenthlisten
    San Francisco, California308 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Shell Island
    I took a day trip to Joal Fadiout from Dakar. It was a bit touristy, but interesting. I had an English-speaking guide who escorted me through the streets and explained the history of the area. He was great, but one can walk around solo without a guide. There are also boats for hire. The cemetery was especially interesting and definitely worth a stop. There is a Christian and a Muslim section, with the former comprising most of the island. I was a bit undecided on whether I would include Joal Fadiout in my itinerary while visiting Senegal, but I'm glad that I went. It was a unique island with a very interesting history and landscape.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Richard B
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom5,031 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shell-ville
    A very authentic 'old world' feel. South from Saly Portudal will take you down to this coastal village which is an island in a salt lagoon joined by a wooden bridge. A rustic, lived in feel. A short walk over the bridge will take you back 1000 years (lol). A traditional way of life that will still exist long after the West has disappeared. A truly humbling and inspiration to mankind. There are 6 million ways to live and ille aux coquillage is but one. If you are in Saly and would like a day out. A trip around the island with a couple of hours boat trip at the Saloum Delta (Dangane) might be worth a visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 November 2023
  • Luv2TravelFarNWide
    Atenas, Costa Rica1,350 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Interesting Island & worth a visit
    We found our guided tour of this island to be VERY interesting. The island is built on millions of shells. And both Christian and Muslim "remains" are buried in shells on a separate island. Walking the long wood bridges to either the island or the cemetary was interesting. And yes, they do allow some "traffic" but it's very limited. We would not have enjoyed this stop nearly so much if we had not had a guide. Definitely worth it.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 December 2023
  • Musicians Mum
    1,138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Suggest dress respectfully in cathedral and visiting the cemetery island
    Two Islands. Connected by pedestrian bridges. Built up over hundreds of years by fishermen discarding oyster shells. Very interesting. The fishing community here is unified ;Christian majority ,Muslim neighbours and a small cathedral as well as a mosque. Icons and statues from either religion. The island initially accessed by bridge from the mainland leads to a village of small painted houses clustered together. One can see pigs ,chickens, donkeys and handcarts. Small craft shops to service the (important) tourist trade. A millet mill operated by a women's' co-operative. The second island is a cemetery with both Muslim and Christian sections, all covered in shells. I visited as part of a 14 days tour of Senegambia. Other groups of tourists were arriving on day trips in varying numbers. I did think that many of these visitors were inappropriately dressed for a visit to a cemetery especially as this is in current use and deceased recently interred . Shorts and skimpy tops are disrespectful, both in the cathedral and most certainly in amongst the graves.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 March 2024
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Musicians Mum
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Two Islands. Connected by pedestrian bridges. Built up over hundreds of years by fishermen discarding oyster shells.
Very interesting.
The fishing community here is unified ;Christian majority ,Muslim neighbours and a small cathedral as well as a mosque. Icons and statues from either religion.
The island initially accessed by bridge from the mainland leads to a village of small painted houses clustered together. One can see pigs ,chickens, donkeys and handcarts. Small craft shops to service the (important) tourist trade. A millet mill operated by a women's' co-operative.
The second island is a cemetery with both Muslim and Christian sections, all covered in shells.
I visited as part of a 14 days tour of Senegambia. Other groups of tourists were arriving on day trips in varying numbers. I did think that many of these visitors were inappropriately dressed for a visit to a cemetery especially as this is in current use and deceased recently interred .
Shorts and skimpy tops are disrespectful, both in the cathedral and most certainly in amongst the graves.
Written 8 March 2024
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Luv2TravelFarNWide
Atenas, Costa Rica1,350 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We found our guided tour of this island to be VERY interesting. The island is built on millions of shells. And both Christian and Muslim "remains" are buried in shells on a separate island. Walking the long wood bridges to either the island or the cemetary was interesting. And yes, they do allow some "traffic" but it's very limited.

We would not have enjoyed this stop nearly so much if we had not had a guide. Definitely worth it.
Written 8 December 2023
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Richard B
Edinburgh, UK5,031 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A very authentic 'old world' feel. South from Saly Portudal will take you down to this coastal village which is an island in a salt lagoon joined by a wooden bridge.

A rustic, lived in feel. A short walk over the bridge will take you back 1000 years (lol). A traditional way of life that will still exist long after the West has disappeared.

A truly humbling and inspiration to mankind. There are 6 million ways to live and ille aux coquillage is but one. If you are in Saly and would like a day out. A trip around the island with a couple of hours boat trip at the Saloum Delta (Dangane) might be worth a visit.
Written 8 November 2023
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tenthlisten
San Francisco, CA308 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I took a day trip to Joal Fadiout from Dakar. It was a bit touristy, but interesting. I had an English-speaking guide who escorted me through the streets and explained the history of the area. He was great, but one can walk around solo without a guide. There are also boats for hire. The cemetery was especially interesting and definitely worth a stop. There is a Christian and a Muslim section, with the former comprising most of the island.

I was a bit undecided on whether I would include Joal Fadiout in my itinerary while visiting Senegal, but I'm glad that I went. It was a unique island with a very interesting history and landscape.
Written 24 August 2023
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I ❤️Europe
United Kingdom184 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
My friend and I took a half day tour with Nouvelles Frontieres. Our English speaking guide was informative about Fadiout island. The island provided an interesting insight into local life. At the time of our visit there was a funeral being held in the cemetery.
Written 16 January 2023
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andycoldham
Crawley, UK999 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
My wife and I wanted to see a bit more of rural Senegal, rather than stay at the hotel.The Island is unique where Muslims live quite happily with Christians with not even a hint of conflict. One reaches the island by walking over the longest pedestrian bridge in this part of Senegal. The island itself is full of inique buildings, stall holders selling tourist tat, and is famous as the floor of the island is strengthened by millions of seashells underfoot. Its a lovely photo shoot opportunity. The main reason tourists visit is to see the combined Muslim/Christian cemetery, which is reached by another long footbridge. This is a very unique sight and from the top of the hill in the cemetery, there are some fantastic views over the island.
Written 1 December 2022
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Steve Buckley
London, UK8,856 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
My wife and myself lived in Senegal during the early/mid 80# and we are currently paying our first return visit seeing some new and old haunts.

Yesterday we visited Joef and - together with an English Speaking Guide - we walked across the long pedestrian (although this doesn’t stop other vehicles from using it) to Fadiot which is a mixed Christian/Muslim Town of around 4,000 people with the split being 90/10 in favour of the Christians.

The latter being most apparent on visiting the big Cemetery reached by crossing another wooden bridge at the far end of the island.

In many ways, this is Senegal’s second Goree and - as such - receives a relatively large number of foreign visitors,
Written 29 July 2022
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2torontotraveller
Toronto, Canada1,924 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
We went to Joal Fadiout as part of a day excursion of Nouvelles Frontieres from Dakar. The excursion consisted of going to a Rural market in the morning and the Shell Island. I did this excursion as I wanted to see more of Senegal.

The Rural market was really interesting as this is where the local farmers sell their livestock such as goats, sheep, donkeys and horses. It also has a general market as well.

We went to Shell market in the afternoon. This island has two walkways, one to the island itself and another one to a joint Muslim and Christian cemetery. We had a guide who lived on the island, show us the island. The entire island is covered with shells and there lots of places where you can buy local crafts.

I really enjoyed this excursion as it gave me insight to the everyday life in Senegal.
Written 22 December 2019
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Dom
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK320 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
A fairly unique and interesting place. Shell island is home to 4,000 people. 90% Christian, 10% Muslim. Living side by side. Worth a visit.
Written 5 January 2019
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Katharina S
69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Family
Island of made of shells with a small community of both Muslims and Christians; the mixed graveyard is worth a wander. Piroque rides are available to, from, and around the islands, but a nicer idea was a walk over the wooden bridge to the island, rambling over the main island to the graveyard island, and taking a pirogue back.
Written 11 September 2018
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