Joal Fadiout

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2torontotraveller
Toronto, Canada1,953 contributions
Shell Island and Rural Market
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, UK268 contributions
Shell island
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
75 contributions
very interesting muslim-christian island, made of shells
Sep 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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Figaro_AB
Turin, Italy544 contributions
Magic place
Aug 2018 • Friends
The island is connected to Joal town by a bridge that brings you into the magical atmosphere of Fadiouth.
Enjoy the silence in the cristian/muslim cemetery, still used today and placed just near a stunning laguna.
To be visited if in the nearby!
Written 13 August 2018
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Trup
New York, NY1,100 contributions
Excellent experience!
May 2018 • Friends
After paying for our tickets to visit Shell Island and the town of Fadiouth, we were assigned Paul, an English-speaking guide, who was very knowledgeable and certainly very personable. We took a "dug-out" (a rather long canoe) to the island but walked back to the mainland via the foot bridge. On the island, where there are millions (!) of shells is a fascinating cemetery, some artists, granaries and a church -- the guide made the point (repeatedly) about how well the Moslems and the Christians on the island respect each other and live side by side w/o problems or issues. This place was easily reached from Mbour/Saly where we were lodging for a couple of days.
Written 7 June 2018
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Torben J
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Very interesting insight into the daily life
Mar 2018 • Solo
I was not sure what to expect when joining this tour. I was told about the little crabs that were scurrying for shelter when movement was detected, but our guide Eduardo showed us much more than that. First the gondol ride to the island with the old "warehouse" and with the crabs. This was a very relaxing experience compared to the hustle of the city. The crabs were an absolute delight, the whole ground was pratically alive.
Back in the gondol setting out for the cementary, we made an unscheduled stop in the mangroves. We had to pass a stream, but the gondolier and the guide were quick to ditch their shoes and CARRY us across. Walking around in the mangroves was magnificent!
Moving on to the cementary and the islam and christian burial ground was also breathtaking with awesome views and tranquility. Lastly we visited the city and Eddo took us around, even inviting us into his own home. Clearly he was very proud to show it all. We were lead through the streets with vendors, but as he said, it is free to look. We were never harrassed as in other places. Never felt obliged to buy anything.
All in all a fantastic tour, that I would have to come back for another time to see the mystical island. Thanks to Sineta of SenegalStyle to arrange the tour... she picked Eddo.
Written 18 March 2018
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tomajzlik
Opava, Czech Republic64 contributions
Tranquil place with mysthic atmosphere
Dec 2017
We got to Joyal from Saly in a sept place, which was an extraordinary experince itself. We got off at the station and then it is adviseable to take a taxi, or better to say just wave your hand and virtually any car pulls over. Incredible price - 100 cfa/each. I want to warn you - as soon as you approach the bridge, you are immediatelly annoyed by hasslers dragging you to an “Information Center” run by Ministry of Environment (or something like that) demanding that you have to pay for a guide and a tour. It felt you needed a ticket. It is simply not true!!! Be resistant and just ignore them. Be careful, they are so convincing and trustworthy. If we had visited the place on our first days in Senegal, we would have been tricked by them. The next argument of theirs was that with a guide we would not be bothered by the local sellers and village people. Nonsense. The Christians on the island were calm and humble. We could enjoy incredible atmoshere on our own at our own pace. Highly reccommended! One of the most unforgettable moments in all Senegal. One more thing - do not eat in the restaurant. The meal was of a low quality. But the terrace is awesome so order just a drink and enjoy the view of the island with the bridges.
Written 1 January 2018
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Ken T
Glen Oaks, NY511 contributions
Amazing history and wonderful people to visit.
Nov 2017 • Solo
My trip to Joal Fadiout was great. I had a tour guide by the name of Edourd who is a local and he was amazing at explaining the history of the island and everything the island is facing today. We took a boat ride over to a small island where the locals used to store grain. We took a boat ride over to the local Catholic/Muslim cemetery and walked the bridges to the main island to visit locals. I really enjoyed my visit to this peaceful island and admired how people could live so stress free.
Written 1 December 2017
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chrismattijssen
5 contributions
Interesting place but bit of a tourist trap
May 2017 • Family
Interesting place, but be obliged to take a guide who leads you along all the 'shops' it is a bit of tourist trap.
Written 16 May 2017
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Joanne L
Huddersfield, UK543 contributions
Lovely place to spend a morning
Feb 2017 • Friends
We stopped off here on our way back to dakar. You access the island by bridge which has lots of birds flying around. All of the paths and some of the brickwork on the island is made of shells. Our tour walked us through the market, church and cemetery. The guide was informative but didn't wait for everyone to catch up before he started talking. The people on the island are very friendly and happy to talk to you.
Well worth a visit if you're in the area.
Written 2 February 2017
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