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Activities on Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island is a place to unplug, unwind, and escape the day-to-day buzz.  That being said, you may be looking for some activities to balance your down-time while on the island.  Here are our top picks for activities on Daufuskie Island:

1.  Take a yoga class!  Yoga is offered Sundays 9:30-10:30am and Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm.  Classes are held at the Melrose Fitness Center, which is located next to the Melrose Restaurant.  To reserve your spot, email Laura Winholt at db1945@hargray.com.

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2. Hit the water with on a kayak or paddle board.  Daufuskie’s waters are teeming with wildlife, so you may have encounters with dolphins, bald eagles, osprey, and wading birds.  If you’re new to kayaking and want some security on the water, take a guided kayak tour with Tour Daufuskie.  Our experienced kayak guide will take you to creeks and inlets that you wouldn’t access on your own.  On the other hand, if you want to do some unguided paddling, go for a kayak or paddle board rental and hit the ocean from our Kayak Shack in the Melrose Resort!  Call 843-842-9449 for reservations.

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3. Join a guided tour with Tour Daufuskie!  You can choose from a Sallie Ann Native Gullah Tour, Kayak tour, History & Artisans tour, or a “Wild Daufuskie” Eco-tour.  Call Tour Daufuskie at 843-842-9449 to book your adventure today.

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4. Need to do some shopping? Check out our local artisans, including The Iron Fish GalleryDaufuskie Blues, and Daufuskie Peach!

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Chase Allen, owern & artist at the Iron Fish

 

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“Daufuskie Blues” uses traditional indigo-dying techniques to produce eye-catching fabrics

 

Hand-crafted bath and body products by Daufuskie Peach

Hand-crafted bath and body products by Daufuskie Peach

 

5. Volunteer at the Daufuskie Island Community Farm!  Contact Pat at bowwow@hargray.net to find out about any group work days.  Don’t feel like working?  Check out the farm anyways and grab a self-guided tour at the Welcome Center.

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volunteers feeding baby goats at DICF

 

6. Grab your binoculars and try bird-watching at the Melrose Rookery.  Here you’ll find a variety of species including Wood Storks, Egrets, Herons, Cormorants, and Anhingas.

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7.  Love horses?  Go horseback riding with Haig Point Equestrian Center!

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8.  Explore Daufuskie Island’s historic district!  Visit the Billie Burn Historic Museum & Gullah Learning Center, the First Union African Baptist Church, Maryfields School, Bloody Point Lighthouse, and more!

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First Union African Baptist Church

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Frances Jones House

Daufuskie Island Ferry: dependable transport from Hilton Head to Daufuskie Island

If you’re looking for easy, affordable, and hands-free transport to Daufuskie Island, check out the Daufuskie Island Ferry!  The ferry is conveniently located at the Buckingham Landing (35 Fording Island Rd), in between Bluffton and Hilton Head Island.   Directions to the ferry can be found here.  The ferry is an affordable $35 per person round trip!

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the Buckingham Landing dock

At Buckingham Landing, you may park for free if you are visiting for the day, or pay $10/night for overnight visits.  The courteous ferry staff will meet you upon your arrival to help shuttle your cargo to the boat.  You pay no additional cost for your personal items such as suitcases, groceries, bicycles, etc.

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The ferry’s friendly crew greet visitors upon their arrival

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Don’t worry about your cargo – the staff will help get it safely stored on the boat.

The ferry offers rides to the island four times a day, with an extra run on Fridays.  The trip takes about 50 minutes.  Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure!  For any questions or clarifications regarding the ferry, give the ferry staff a call at 843-247-5378.

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Good news – Tour Daufuskie and the Daufuskie Island Ferry have teamed up, offering you a simple streamlined booking process.  If you’d like to ride the ferry and do a golf cart rental or self-guided tour on the island, simply call Tour Daufuskie at 843-842-9449 and we’ll book everything for you!  Please note that ALL boat rides, tours, and rentals must be booked in advance to ensure your spot is reserved.

Visitor’s love renting a golf cart for $75 for 4-hours, $10 for one additional hour, and $5 for every hour after.  This self-guided golf cart tour comes with an orientation and map of the island.  If you want more local insight into the past and present of Daufuskie, take a guided History and Artisans Tour ($45 per person, 2.5 hours) or a “Wild Daufuskie” Eco-tour ($35 per person, 1.5 hours).  For the outdoor enthusiasts, the guided Kayak / Paddle Boarding Tour ($55 per person) is a great way to spend an hour-and-a-half on the water.  For a real treat, spend 2.5 hours with Sallie Ann Robinson in her Native Gullah Tour ($65 per person)