The island made of shells: Joal-Fadiouth - Senegal

At the far end of Petite Cote, a stretch of coast in Senegal, lies a sleepy fishing village called Joal-Fadiouth. Joal lies on the mainland, while Fadiouth, linked by a narrow 400-meter wooden foot bridge, lies on an island build entirely of seashells. For more than a century its inhabitants have been harvesting molluscs, scooping the meat out and using the empty shells to make their little island.

The island made of shells: Joal-Fadiouth - Senegal

The seashells have accumulated over many years and held together by the roots of mangroves, reeds and giant baobabs. Heaps of empty shells lie everywhere, on streets and building facades and on trinkets sold by street hawkers.

Joal-Fadiouth island is made of shells

Fadiouth is known mainly for its cemetery, which is also made out of shells. The residents of Fadiouth Island are mostly Christian, but they also have a significant Islamic population, and the close-knit community takes immense pride in an atmosphere of religious tolerance.

The island made of shells: Joal-Fadiouth
House made of shells in Joal-Fadiouth
Graves covered with shells
Entire Fadiouth cemetery  is covered with shells
Joal-Fadiouth cemetery
The roads on the island are made of shells