Info for First Time Daufuskie Island Visitors – Discover Daufuskie
What is it like to spend a day on Daufuskie? In a nut shell, your day might look like this. Let the Daufuskie Island Ferry deliver you in style to this magical island. Then, if you like doing your own thing on your own time instead of being part of a group, a self-guided adventure could be perfect for you.
When you step off the ferry, a golf cart will be waiting for you. An associate will tell you a little about the island and its history, give you an annotated island map, and share some personal recommendations. Then, with map in hand, you’ll take off in your golf cart to discover Daufuskie for yourself.
You may explore our beaches, visit the island’s historic locations, stop in at the galleries and craft shops, and/or grab some food at one of our unique restaurants. The enjoyable round-trip ferry boat ride and golf cart adventure are the perfect trimmings for a very memorable day on Daufuskie.
One Call Does it All – Get a ferry reservation and rent a golf Cart with just one call to 843-341-2327.
Getting to Daufuskie
Since Daufuskie is an island without a bridge, you can only get here by passenger ferry or boat (no cars on the ferries). The OFFICIAL ferry to and from Daufuskie is the the Daufuskie Island Ferry. It runs 8 times a day on the same schedule everyday, rain or shine, holidays included.
Let the Daufuskie Island ferry deliver you in style to this magical island. There is plenty of parking at Buckingham Landing (at the foot of the Hilton Head Bridge on the Bluffton side) and day time parking is FREE. There’s no charge for your carry-on essentials (beach duffle bag, back pack, coolers) either. You can even bring your bicycles for FREE.
When You Arrive
When you arrive on the Daufuskie Island Ferry, be sure to have a golf cart or bicycles waiting for you. If you need land transportation to your rental home, just call Daufuksie Transit.
Some vacation rental groups and vacation property owners also offer complimentary ground transportation options, so check with them.
What to Bring
If you’re just staying for the day and forget to bring something, there are three small convenience stores where you can pick up bug spray, sun screen, bottled water, etc. The stores are located at Marshside Mama’s, Bloody Point clubhouse, and Freeport Marina. If you are staying longer, you’ll probably want to bring groceries and a cooler for items that need to be kept cold. It’s always a good idea to check with your rental agent to determine what other supplies you should bring.
Grocery Delivery Service
The Cyber Valet sends groceries and supplies to Daufuskie. For arriving guests, your grocery order is delivered to the boat that you will be taking to Daufuskie. While you are on the island, the company can also deliver groceries to the boat but you will have to meet the boat in order to pick up your groceries. Feel free to call Charles for further details – 843-290-3191. There is a fee for the grocery shopping and delivery service.
Getting Around on Daufuskie
Whether you are just spending the day or staying a week, you will need land transportation. If you are staying for a while, some rental properties include a golf cart in which case you just need transportation to get to your vacation home. When a property does not include a cart, you may need to rent one for your entire stay. Here are some options:
Great golf cart rentals and self-guided tours – 843-341-2327
Golf cart rentals and island tours – 843-842-9449
Golf cart rentals by the hour, day or week – 843-505-3937
Golf cart rentals by the hour, day or week-843-341-5566.
Bicycles Rentals – all kinds of bikes for adults and kids 843-815-8281.
What to Do – Discover Daufuskie
To discover Daufuskie, you might take a guided tour or enjoy a map-guided do-it-yourself tour. Watch this video and read the fun list below to get an idea of what it is like to spend a day on Daufuskie. Then make a plan for how you want to discover Daufuskie.
Among the residents on Daufuskie Island, you will find talented artists, entrepreneurs, woodworkers, winemakers, chefs, historians, farmers, sculptors, potters, community organizers, musicians, and more. You’ll meet them when you visit some of the places mentioned below.
|Marshside Mama’sWhether you’re dropping by for a drink after boating or enjoying an evening with dinner and dancing, you’re in for a real treat. Hang out by the firepits or boogie to the bands on weekends. Marshside Mama’s is Daufuskie Island’s favorite spot for great food, livingly entertainment and memorable good times.|
|The Daufuskie Island Historical FoundationPick up the foundation’s historical guide at the Billy Burns Museum (843)686-4824. The guide includes a map which highlights historical points of interest, and includes a brief summary of the significance of each location including the Billie Burn Museum, the Gullah Learning Center, tabby ruins, historic cemeteries & homes, and old logging railroad line.|
|Eagle’s Nest at Bloody PointDine Daufuskie Style at the Eagle’s Nest. Culinary creations include fresh regional seafood, comfort food and southern-style cuisine.|
Call 843.341.5522 – Serving Thursday—Monday: 11am- 8:30pm
| Glass Art & JewelryDaufuskie Island Glass House is an Artisan Glass Studio – Jewelry, stained and fused glass gifts and more made onsite in studio. Follow the signs and you can’t miss it.|
The glass art is beautiful! The shop is unique and very quaint!
|Daufuskie Community Farm and Artisan VillageSince 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 farm has expanded from animals into gardens, orchards, and the new Artisan Village! You will enjoy your visit here.|
Guided tours including history & artisan tours, eco tours, and kayaking/paddle board tours.
|Daufuskie Wine & Woodworks|
MIKE and JOANNE LOFTUS operate their business out of their beautifully designed post and beam barn, which can also be rented for private events. Beautiful wooden kayaks, surfboards, canoes, and paddleboards are made in the wood-working shop. In the quaint wine shop, where many wines and craft beers are curated, you will enjoy organic, low-production wines from boutique vineyards worldwide.
|Lucy Bell’s CaféAt Lucy Bell’s you’ll encounter some of the island’s most interesting people while you enjoy a gourmet breakfast or lunch crafted by a highly acclaimed catering team. Look for the little cottage with blue shutters on the corner of Benjies and School Road. Open 8-10:30 for breakfast and 11:30-3:00for lunch – Tuesdays thru Sundays (closed Mondays). 843-341-6477|
|The Daufuskie Island Rum CompanyThe Daufuskie Island Rum Company, located on 12 acres off Haig Point Road, opened in December 2014. It is famous for distilling the sea island’s most authentic, 100% American, handcrafted rum. Each bottle of Daufuskie Island Rum is distilled, bottled, labeled, and packed by hand on Daufuskie.|
|The Iron Fish Art GalleryThe Iron Fish art gallery (est. 2001) is not just a coastal decor gift shop, it is coastal art gallery online which exclusively represents renowned coastal sculptor CHASE ALLEN’S sculptures. These limited vintage fish art sculptures are 100% handcrafted at The Iron Fish Gallery & Studio on Daufuskie Island, SC by coastal artist & sculptor Chase Allen whose handcrafted sculptures have been featured on television as well as in national magazines such as Coastal Living, Southern Living, and Charleston Home. He was recipient of the 2014 American Made Audience Choice Award hosted by Martha Stewart.|
Silver Dew Pottery
Owners of the SILVER DEW POTTERY, LANCY and EMILY BURN have roots that run deep on the island. While Papy, Lancy’s grandfather, was the Bloody Point lighthouse keeper, he spent his time collecting ancient pottery and other island artifacts. These inspired Lancy to make pottery. Each of his pieces is signed and many pieces have become treasured collectors’ items. To this day, Lancy shares Papy’s impressive collection along with fascinating stories about Daufuskie’s history.
At first, DAUFUSKIE PEACH was based around 8-10 soap scents. “I then realized that I really needed products that compliment the soap,” she explains. She thought about what she, as a customer, would hope to find at a bath and body store. Jan knew right away that pump lotion was to be added to her list, and over time richer products such as body butters and scrubs entered the mix. Lotion sticks were later added for convenience sake. “I carry one with me always, in my purse,” Jan says, “It’s just so handy.” Her newest addition is a bath bomb, which hit the market last month.
In addition to soaps, Daufuskie Peach offers lotion bars, pump lotion, body butter, and scrubs. Even though Jan creates a number of additional bath and body products, the original is number one. “Soap is still my favorite.”
Daufuskie Peach products make a great gift!
Hand-Woven Scarves & Shawls
Now Make Your Plan to Discover Daufuskie
Yes, there is a lot to do. So make your plan for how you want to discover Daufuskie.