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Daufuskie Island, SC


Guide to attractions and things to do on Daufuskie Island, SC when visiting the Lowcountry and Hilton Head Island, SC.



Daufuskie Island is the southernmost barrier island in South Carolina, and is located between Hilton Head, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. The Island can be accessed only by passenger ferry or private boat. The Island has a rich history, most recently as the site of Pat Conroy's teaching experiences that were the basis of his first novel The Water is Wide and the motion picture Conrack.

Discover the beach paradise you've been searching for. Set against a magnificent backdrop of unspoiled beaches and the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, you'll find undisturbed natural beaches and the remnants of the exclusive Daufuskie Island Resort, which unfortunately succombed to the changing tides of economic realities and closed its doors for good circa 2005. Daufuskie is home to a few permanent residents who stayed behind, as well as authentic ancestors of Gullah inhabitants who continue their precious culture and traditional way of life. If you're looking to get away from civilization, if only for a little while, Daufuskie Island offers the adventurous a remarkable step back in time. You'll find charming accommodations on Daufuskie as well as a several delicious restaurants to enjoy, and numerous local attractions, artists and historic sites and tours to take in during your stay. Gullah tours and historic tours are a must during your visit to Daufuskie Island, or see the Atlantic with a boat cruise or dolphin tour from several local charters. And since Daufuskie has no cars on the island, the best way to get around is by golf cart rental or bicycle rentals provided by local outfitters.

Located across from Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island, South Carolina is a scenic ferry ride from our Embarkation Center on Hilton Head Island. Located 50 minutes by ferry to Savannah, Georgia or 45 minutes by car to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV).
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Getting to Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island Ferry

35 Fording Island Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
843.940.7704

Providing passenger ferry service from Hilton Head Island to Daufuskie Island, the only way to get to Daufuskie other than private boat. This 1 hour long trip departs from Buckingham Landing at the base of the Hilton Head bridges and takes you through Calibogue Sound to Daufuskie. $45 round-trip, $10 parking per night.

The normal daily ferry schedule except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day is as follows:

- To Daufuskie: 7am, 10am, 1pm and 4pm (on Fridays only 9pm)
- From Daufuskie: 8:30am, 11:30am, 2:30pm and 5:30pm (on Fridays only 10:15pm)

On Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, the ferry departs for Daufuskie at 7am and again at 4pm and the ferry returns from Daufuskie at 8:30am and again at 5:30pm.

Bluffton Water Taxi to Daufuskie Island

81 Calhoun Street
Bluffton, SC 29910
843.304.2878

Offering the most scenic trip to Daufuskie Island, the May River Excursions water taxi takes you through the beautiful creeks and marshes between Bluffton and Daufuskie. The 30 minute, open air ride departs from Historic Old Town Bluffton, a short drive from Hilton Head. Your captain will take you through the beautiful creeks and marshes between Bluffton and Daufuskie Island, and drop you off at the Public Dock (also known as the "County Dock").

May River operates a fleet of Carolina Skiffs, capable of bringing you and your luggage to the island. May River runs water taxis to and from the island every day during daylight hours. May River Excursions offers flexible departure and pick-up times for . For day-trippers, the round trip water taxi is $45 per person. They can also bring you to the island for an overnight stay. Overnight rates, starting at $150, include parking and luggage transportation. The best part? Tour Daufuskie can take care of rentals, tours, and booking the water taxi over with May River Excursions. If you are looking for a bit more flexibility in your day, as well as a short but scenic ride, May River Excursions is ideal for you.

Savannah Water Taxi to Daufuskie Island

843.842.9449

If you are coming from the Savannah area, Bull River Marina is an excellent option. The marina is located on Wilmington Island, just at the Tybee Island Bridge. You can charter a water taxi to the island from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm for $225 for the round trip boat ride accommodating up to 6 people. Or, jump onto a trip they already have scheduled for just $45 per person, round trip.

In addition to Bull River's open air water taxi, they also recently added a fully enclosed 31' SeaHawk that can accommodate up to 22 people. This quick ride through the protected waters from Tybee to Daufuskie only takes about half an hour. Bull River can drop you off at any of the docks on Daufuskie Island.
Daufuskie Island Accommodations

Bloody Point Golf Club & Resort

56 Fuskie Ln
Daufuskie Island, SC 29915
843.341.3030

Bloody Point Golf Club & Resort is located on idyllic Daufuskie Island, which is situated between Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia, and is accessible only by boat.

Bloody Point is a boutique resort that offers members and visitors the chance to enjoy "flip-flop luxury" amidst endless natural beauty and miles of secluded beach. After coming under new ownership in 2011, the Resort has experienced a total renovation and is now family-owned and operated.

We invite you to experience the beauty for yourself. We'd love to introduce you to our corner of Daufuskie Island and the lifestyle we offer. Make Bloody Point your "home away from home"!

Haig Point Lighthouse

10 Haig Point Circle
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
800.686.3441

In 1872, construction commenced on the Lighthouse that would guide captains navigating the shifting shoals of Calibogue Sound. The Lighthouse's 40-foot tower served mariners traveling around the northern tip of Daufuskie between 1873 to the 1930s. After many years passed with no attention to the structure, the Lighthouse was restored in the 1980s after development began at Haig Point.

As the legend goes, a young maiden named Maggie lived in the Lighthouse with her family in the late 19th century. Her father, Patrick Comer, was the first lighthouse keeper, along with his wife, Bridget. The family moved to Daufuskie in 1873 and tended to the structure for the first 18 years. Maggie fell in love with a naval engineer who was tasked with refitting the Lighthouse's lantern room. Notes from his diary revealed that the pair had quickly fallen in love, but something happened unexpectedly and the couple split. He left and never returned to Daufuskie Island, leaving her with a broken heart. Haig Point residents and visitors have claimed they felt the friendly presence of Maggie.

While it serves as a guesthouse with two bedrooms, kitchen, dining room and porch overlooking Calibogue Sound, the Lighthouse is also a sought-after venue for weddings, special events and private parties. Be sure to tour the historic lighthouse on your visit to Haig Point!

The Strachan Mansion at Haig Point

10 Haig Point Circle
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
800.686.3441

The Strachan Mansion at Haig Point was built in 1910 on St. Simons Island as a summer retreat. In 1986, the new developers of the community moved the mansion to Haig Point with two barges over three days in some times treacherous waters. The historic building was restored to its magnificence as you see today.

Featuring four luxurious suites, each with a tie to Haig Point's history and beautifully themed with antique furnishings, the Mansion presents comfortably elegant accommodations for guests of residents and members. Guests can unwind from their busy day with a refreshing beverage at the bar, playing billiards with friends or simply relaxing in one of the cozy gathering places.

The General Store is located in the Mansion, stocked with necessities to tide you over between trips to the mainland. In the mornings, the Mansion offers complimentary coffee, muffins and daily newspapers. The Member hub also houses our on-site post office, and it's a Wi-Fi hot spot for those wanting a peaceful place to catch up on work while watching dolphins frolic in the surf.

The Oyster Cottage on Daufuskie

168 Benjies Point Road
Daufuskie Island, SC 29915
843.842.9448

A charming historic 3bd/1.5bath cottage that boasts authentic Daufuskie character with all the modern amenities. Located in the Historic district of the island, this cottage is nestled on a large piece of property next door to the Iron Fish Gallery, only a 5 minute walk to the island's best lunch venue, Lucy Bell's Cafe. Featured in Southern & Coastal Living, this retreat is perfect for a small group or family to escape and enjoy the serenity and quiet of the island.

Very important, a golf cart is included in the price of the rental depending on group size (four seater or six seater). Additional golf carts can be rented for an extra daily fee from Tour Daufuskie. You have access to the entire property excluding the boathouse at the back of the property where we keep our boats. Other equipment including beach tents, chairs and kayaks can be rented from Tour Daufuskie.
Daufuskie Island Restaurants

School Grounds Coffee Shop

203 School Road
Daufuskie Island, SC 29915
919.610.8808

School Grounds Coffee is a casual cafe in Daufuskie Island offering customers a selection of distinctive roasts. Owned and operated by Brian and Pam, two coffee aficionados that bring their passion for coffee to their creative brewing process. Their daily coffee menu, which also includes fruit- ilicious creations, is often enhanced with a "designer" coffee – a specialty of the day that you might wish were an every-day offering. Open Mon - Sat 9am - 4pm; Closed Sunday.

Old Daufuskie Crab Company Restaurant

256 Cooper River Landing Rd
Daufuskie Island, SC 29915
843.785.6652

The Old Daufuskie Crab Company features a delicious Gullah/Southern style Low Country Buffet on Tuesday-Friday from 11-2. Items commonly found on the buffet include Fried Chicken, Pulled Pork, and Pork Chops. If that doesn't suit you, grill options are available all day long. These items include Deviled Crab, Steamed or Fried Shrimp, Flounder, Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, better than average Burgers, and our renowned Chicken Quesadillas. Thick steaks are also available. All of these items can be yours at great prices! Please check our website for our full menu!

The Crab Company features indoor and outdoor bars that allow you to sit under the gazebo and enjoy the beautiful views over the marina while drinking our famous Scrap Iron sweet tea vodka and lemonade drink or other cold beverage of your liking! Featuring live music on the weekends and free dock space for your boat as you dine at our restaurant!

Melrose Beach Club

175 Avenue of Oaks
Daufuskie Island, SC 29915
843.785.9999

A breath of elegance on Daufuskie, this five-star dining experience offers a semi-formal dining room and a more casual dining experience on the patio. Featuring an ever-changing menu and full-service bar provide something for everyone. Come to dine or just sip a beverage while enjoying the lovely view of Harbour Town across the sound. Located right on the beach at Melrose on beautiful Daufuskie Island. Serving lunch and dinner and a Sunday brunch, also featuring a bar and swimming pool.
Daufuskie Island Attractions

Discover Daufuskie Island

1080 Haig Point Rd
Daufuskie Island, SC 29915
843.341.2327

Daufuskie Island has no town center nor does it have any side walks. It is a place of natural beauty, historic importance, and artistic creativity. It combines the funky and the fancy. To discover Daufuskie, you'll want to savor its history and taste its culture.

The Community Farm

348 Haig Point Road
Daufuskie Island, SC 29915
678.897.0942

The Daufuskie Community Farm and Artisan Village is staffed 100% by volunteers. Join us and learn the benefits of sustainable & organic farming or share your artistic talents in the Artisan Village.

Since 2010, Daufuskie Community Farm and Artisan Village has devoted its energy to passionately advocating sustainable living on Daufuskie Island. With the initial introduction of the community farm that attracted those desiring to have a hands-on way of producing food for their community, a growing desire has occurred to make a difference. The local community has contributed to the planning, construction, and growth of this thriving work by expanding the farm from animals into gardens, orchards, and the new Artisan Village!

Iron Fish Gallery

1080 Haig Point Rd
Daufuskie Island, SC 29915
843.341.2327

American Made award winning metal sculptor Chase Allen specializes in handcrafting coastal fish, mermaid, crab, sea turtle, lobster, and stingray sculptures from his remote studio gallery located on bridge-less Daufuskie Island, SC. This world renowned self-taught artisan began handcrafting coastal sculptures from sheet steel in 2001 and has been featured in Coastal Living, Southern Living, Martha Stewart Living, Charleston, Charleston Home, US Airways, The South, The Bluff, Atlanta Journal Constitution and Hilton Head Monthly to name a few.

Daufuskie Island Rum Company

270 Haig Point Rd
Daufuskie Island, SC 29915
843.342.4786

The journey began in June of 2013, and what a journey it has been. The concept of a rum distillery on Daufuskie seemed to be a great one. After all, rum is an island drink and it is made on islands all throughout the Caribbean. So, why not on Daufuskie Island? The first obstacle was finding the right place to put the distillery...Set in a private oasis replete with two large live oaks with plenty of Spanish moss and a fantastic pond for the distillery to overlook, we found our future.

The day came when the beautiful stills and fermenters arrived! They were created just for the Daufuskie Island Rum Company and built in Alabama. The stills are beautiful copper belly column stills and the fermenters are made of cyprus that was grown in Louisiana. We fill each fermenter with 600 pounds of Demerara sugar, 5 pounds of yeast and hot water from our well. This begins the undertaking of turning premium raw ingredients into handcrafted rum. Careful attention is given to each step of the process.

Visitors from all over the world find us, and the growth of our product continuing, our 100% American made Rum is distilled, bottled and packed by hand here on Daufuskie Island. The sun, sea and rich history all blend together to make this island the perfect place for the Daufuskie Island Rum Company and an unforgettable Lowcountry treasure. We hope to see you at the distillery soon. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Silver Dew Winery

146 Beach Dr
Daufuskie Island, SC 29915
843.684.4445

Originally constructed in 1883 to store oil for the lighthouse lamps, the brick wick house was converted into a winery in the mid-1900s by Pappy Burn, who made a name for himself with his scuppernong wine.

As Lancy Burn tells it, his granddad's winemaking made him a magnet on Daufuskie Island. Papy Burn worked at the Daufuskie's Bloody Point Lighthouse for many years. And in the mid-1900s, Papy converted an old building used to store oil, wicks and lamps for the lighthouse into a winery.

The tiny and historic Silver Dew Winery was the first registered winery in the state, according to locals. Author Pat Conroy even took notice, writing about it in his Lowcountry-based 1972 novel, "The Water is Wide."

FirstUnion African Baptist Church

Daufuskie Island, SC 29915

The development of First Union African Baptist Church, now listed as an historical landmark, began in 1879 when John I. Stoddard divided the Mary Field plantation into lots and sold 12 acres to former slaves for the purpose of building a church and developing a cemetery. The land was purchased in 1881 for $82 and the first church was built. The original church building burned in 1884 and was subsequently rebuilt.

From the early 1900's through the 1930's the church building supported worship service as well as a schoolhouse for the island's children. From 1916 to the 1920's Reverend Richard Thomas, a visiting preacher from Savannah, would come once a month to serve communion at the church and at the same time administer a spelling bee for the school children.
Daufuskie Island Gullah & History Tours

Tour Daufuskie

Daufuskie Island, SC
843.842.9449

Tour Daufuskie, LLC is a locally owned and operated company specializing in Daufuskie Island ferry and guided tour packages, Daufuskie Island water taxi and tour packages, Daufuskie Island history/artisan tours, Daufuskie Island golf cart rentals, kayaking tours, eco-tours, and also Daufuskie Island Gullah tours. Book online or call 843.842.9449 to book your tour of Daufuskie Island, a special and beautiful place you will not soon forget.

Gullah Heritage Trail Tours

70 Honey Horn Dr
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
843.681.7066

Gullah Heritage Trail Tours was founded in 1996 by a Hilton Head Island Gullah Family Partnership. This outstanding family has been involved in preserving Gullah cultural heritage, blending Gullah cultural values, in the SC-GA Low Country, for more than 40 years. Based on Hilton Head Island, Gullah Heritage Trail Tours caters to Low Country visitors interested in learning about the history of Gullah Culture.

Daufuskie Island Tours

18 Simmons Rd
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
843.342.8687

Our tours begin with a narrated educational and entertaining boat trip through the beautiful estuaries and marshes across the Calibogue Sound to Historic Daufuskie Island. On our Island, there are no traffic lights – it is like taking a step back in time! We recommend our Guided Bus tours to navigate our beautiful Island. We also offer self guided golf cart tours if you choose to explore our Island on your own.

Sallie Ann's Authentic Gullah Tours

126 Bryan Road #93
Daufuskie Island, SC 29915
843.686.2227

Sallie Ann Robinson a sixth generation native, enjoying life on Daufuskie Island where she grew up learning the tough love way of life. The Gullah people were and still are proud people that lives life off the land from their gardens, the woods and the ocean which were skills they learned at a young age and did things they would never forget. There way of life was simple yet sometimes hard meeting their day-to-day needs, not their wants. They were taught manners and respect for all, something Sallie is proud to still use to this day. Her childhood gave her treasures of a lifetime, thanks to her ancestors and folks that are gone, but not forgotten. Her experience about Daufuskie is a lifetime of knowledge as a native. She has given tours on Daufuskie for many years sharing the history of her family and what life was like then and now.

Operating Tuesday through Saturday 11am-2pm and 2pm-5pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Daufuskie Island Boat Tours & Cruises

Captain Mark's Dolphin Cruises

1 Shelter Cove Lane
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843.785.4558

Capt. Mark's Dolphin Cruises is a family-owned company that has operated for more than 30 years. We are the premier dolphin watch cruise company on Hilton Head Island, offering boat tours at multiple times throughout the day and evening, Mondays through Saturdays.

Each cruise combines sightseeing and nature watching – you'll spot Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, seabirds, and other wildlife as you cruise past the beautiful sites of Hilton Head, from private homes and amazing yachts to the Harbour Town lighthouse, Daufuskie Island, and more. We also offer a fun crabbing adventure, where you can practice crabbing in the marshes – the person who catches the most wins.

Vagabond Cruise

149 Lighthouse Rd
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843.363.9026

Hilton Head Island's original sightseeing and excursion cruise operator, located under the lighthouse in Harbour Town Yacht Basin, since 1968. Vagabond Cruise has been operating in the world-famous Harbour Town since 1968, providing Hilton Head Island vacationers with a wide range of water bound tours and excursions ranging from a romantic dinner cruise, a day trip to Savannah, a fully narrated dolphin nature cruise, a once-in-a-lifetime ride aboard a 12-meter racing yacht, and a trip back in time to visit the Lowcountry of Daufuskie Island.

Whether you are looking for a fun family activity, a relaxing day on the water, a thrilling adventure, or a romantic getaway, Vagabond Cruise has the Hilton Head Island cruise for you.


Daufuskie Island Golf Cart Rentals

Bloody Point Golf Carts

843.341.5566

Golf cart rentals by the hour, day or week.

Daufuskie Carts

843.341.2327

Golf cart rentals by the hour, day or week and self-guided audio history tours.

Island Carts

843.505.3937

Golf cart rentals by the hour, day or week.

Mongeon Carts

912.844.0222

Golf cart rentals by the day or week.

Tour Daufuskie

843.842.9449

Golf cart rentals by the hour, day or week and guided island tours.
Daufuskie Island Bicycle Rentals

Sports Addiction

843.815.8281

Bicycle rental service with a variety of bikes for adults and kids.

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