Visit a Village on an Island Made of Shells


Along Senegal’s Petit Cote lies an island unlike any other. Completely man-made, yet sustainably developed, the Island of Fadiouth (Shell Island) is a unique example of human development using locally harvested resources. Created over 300 years, Fadiouth rose out of the Sine-Saloum Delta as an island created by discarded mollusk shells.

Today, Fadiouth’s unique geology has pushed it to become a center of marine conservation as well as religious tolerance. Mollusk shells have become the site of the only cemetery in Senegal with Christian, Muslim and Animist graves.