Give Daufuskie

A Day on Daufuskie

Screen Shot 2017-12-06 at 5.27.13 PMGive your friends and family a refreshingly different gift this year. Set up a day on Daufuskie for them. With guided and self-guided options, we can create a wonderful experience that they will truly enjoy. Once all the details are in place, they will just have to give us a quick call to set up a day. Take a look at our holiday gift options. Give memories with Tour Daufuskie.

Sea Island Sculptures from The Iron Fish

24852207_1111634852206300_1697308625162266440_nChase Allen specializes in crafting beautiful coastal inspired metal sculptures. Fish, mermaids, sea turtles, crabs, and lobsters are just a few of the pieces he creates. Although Chase ships his sculptures worldwide, you’ll have to come to his gallery on Daufuskie Island to get something in time for Christmas.

Organic Wine and Wine Glass Holder, Wine and Woodworks

This breathtaking post and beam barn located on the north end of Daufuskie Island is the home to Mike and Joanne Loftus’ woodworking and wine shop. With organic, sustainable, and low production wines from vineyards throughout the world, you are sure to find a bottle to fit every palette. Paired with one of Mike’s hand crafted beach wine stands, this is the perfect gift for friends and family.

Indigo Dyed Scarf

Screen Shot 2017-12-07 at 11.55.50 AMThis mystical natural blue dye is truly unique. Daufuskie Blues uses natural indigo to create unique patterns and designs on scarves and organic fabrics. Based out of Maryfields School on Daufuskie Island, this little shop is home to production and sales. Sold exclusively on Daufuskie Island, you’ll have to stop into Daufuskie Blues for these lovely pieces.

Daufuskie Island Rum Company’s Spiced Rum

Photo Dec 07, 2 11 15 PMWith cooler weather approaching, give some warmth with Daufuskie Island Rum Company’s Spiced Rum. Reminiscent of the holidays, this naturally spiced rum pairs wonderfully with eggnog. In addition to their spiced rum, the distillery offers numerous other artisanal rums, all made on Daufuskie Island.

Silver Dew Hand Crafted Pottery

IMG-0187Inspired by the pottery of Native Americans he unearthed from the island he grew up on, Lancy Burn’s pieces are a true reflection of Daufuskie Island. The work that his wife, Emily, and he create is not only beautiful, but practical. Take a peak at their gallery located on Benjies Point Road on Daufuskie Island.

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Daufuskie Peach’s hand crafted bath and body products are made in-house using unrefined, organic shea butter. From start to finish, these soaps, lotions, butters, and scrubs are created in small batches on Daufuskie Island. Pure, simple, clean. Explore her ever indulging scents at Daufuskie Peach next time you’re on Daufuskie Island or take a look at her online store.

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Spartina 449 company founder and CEO, Kay Stanley, found inspiration for her handbags, jewelry and accessories from her seaside cottage on Daufuskie Island. Although you can buy Spartina 449 all over, getting it from the Lowcountry adds a special memory. Find Spartina Retailers here.

Give Memories with Tour Daufuskie

Whit Tour Daufuskie, give an experience.

For friends and family who reside on Daufuskie, full or part time, or frequent the island, consider the Tour Daufuskie Explorers Membership. With varying levels of membership and flexibility in scheduling, this gift is sure to please the enmembership-insidetire family year-around.

Or, consider giving a day on Daufuskie. For adventurous loved ones, we can set up a day of self-exploring on our golf carts, kayaks or paddleboards. Otherwise, send friends and family on one of our guided tours. They can join Sallie Ann on her Native Gullah Tour, explore the island on our History and Artisans Tour, or experience Daufuskie’s natural side on our Eco-Tour or Kayak Tour. We can also work in transportation to and from Daufuskie as part of their gift.14333672_656260897869173_4929731680326422355_n

The best part of giving an experience? It won’t be wasted. With flexibility in scheduling, your loved ones can use their gift at a time most convenient for them.

Give us a call to create an unforgettable, unplugged gift this holiday season.

13580477_622857041209559_8957127120836734484_o Oh, and you can’t go wrong with Tour Daufuskie merch.

More People, More Fun: Hosting Large Groups

Looking for something off the beaten path to entertain your group? Come spend a day on Daufuskie Island.

20935115_831797660315495_7227380518880467332_oTour Daufuskie can create an excursion tailored to you. From a private, catered family adventure to a seamless team building event, Tour Daufuskie can craft an unforgettable experience on this unique island.

We get it. Navigating a group trip to Daufuskie may appear to be a logistical nightmare. However, we have it under control. From transportation to the island to epic adventures on Daufuskie, we can handle all of the details.

Getting your group to our bridgeless island is part of the experience. Tour Daufuskie can schedule boat transportation to meet your people on boatneeds. We work with a number of water touring companies in the Hilton Head, Bluffton and Savannah area. We can schedule open-aired rides with knowledgeable captains, comfortable and enclosed trips with professional staff, or leisurely cruis22426589_857093377785923_7342165182138508940_oes focused on the Lowcountry’s beautiful waterways.

Once on the island, Tour Daufuskie can offer an assortment of tours and activities. With a slew of local guides on hand, no adventure is impossible. Your day can focus on Daufuskie’s unique and rich history. Or, we can spend the day with Daufuskie’s many artisans. Our supply of kayaks and paddleboards, as well as miles of white sandy beaches, offer endless possibilities for your group. We can also coordinate a day with Sallie Ann Robinson, 6th generation native Daufuskie islander and expert on the Gullah culture. (Check out more on Sallie Ann.)

22180094_852486388246622_4978760734750743816_oWith numerous restaurants on the island, grabbing a bite to eat can be easily coordinated. Or, we can provide a picnic option for your group to dine at one of the many beautiful outdoor venues on the island.

Tour Daufuskie can offer half day and full day adventures. Activities, tours, transportation, dining. You name it, we do it.

Give us a call to create an unforgettable island exploration for your group and to get more details on group rates and tour packages.

USA Today Got Off the Beaten Path

This past winter Brian Barth, a writer for USA TODAY, explored some hidden gems of the South Carolina Lowcountry. One of his stops: Daufuskie Island.

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Stepping off the beaten path and onto Daufuskie’s dirt roads, Barth had the chance to explore the island with Sallie Ann Robinson. Enjoy his piece, recently published on USA TODAY’s website. Come experience Sallie Ann’s Native Gullah Tour and, in the words of Barth, her “never-ending well of laughter.”

USA Today: South Carolina’s Lowcountry

 

Our Favorite Local

If you have spent any time enjoying the waters surrounding Daufuskie, you can probably attest to our playful, vibrant bottlenose dolphin population.

All around the Lowcountry’s waterways you will see these beautiful marine mammals. A rounded, gray dorsal fin will arc through the surface of the water as the dolphin draws for air. If you’re lucky, the dolphin will linger at the surface for a few moments, shooting you a playful “smile.”

Interested in bottlenose dolphins? Join a Tour Daufuskie guide and enjoy the area’s creeks by kayak, keeping a watchful eye out for a glimpse of these friendly locals. Or rent some kayaks on your own to scout them out. Give us a call to book a reservation! (843)842-9449

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Daufuskie Island: South Carolina’s Travel Oasis – Jeff Stafford

 

Tour DaufuskieStafford Article Image2 has the pleasure of exposing this beautiful sea island with people who truly appreciate her. We thank Jeff Stafford for his representation of and reflections on the island.

Check out his article!

Daufuskie Island: South Carolina’s Island Oasis

 

Hilton Head Island activities

Hilton Head Island is one of the most popular summer destinations for families.  It is a paradise for beach-lovers, golfers, seafood-eaters, and shoppers alike.  However, after a few days on the island, you may find yourself yearning to get away from your get-away.  Hilton Head locals and visitors have been voyaging to Daufuskie Island for years to do just that – get away.  Leave behind the traffic, tourism, billboards, and shopping for the quiet and peaceful Daufuskie Island.  Daufuskie’s Iron Fish Gallery artist Chase Allen describes the Daufuskie experience as, “the feeling of leaving the United States but without the need of a passport.”  Daufuskie Island is a world apart from anywhere you’ve ever been.

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Daufuskie Island’s historic sand roads offer a break from busy roadways and heavy traffic

Daufuskie Island has a rustic & quirky vibe that other islands in the area lack.  Ditch the car and the pavement for a golf cart and historic sand roads!  You’ll learn about the Gullah culture that remains on the island through the Gullah-constructed schools, churches, and homes.  Check out our local artisans like the Iron Fish Gallery to see how the unique nature of the island has inspired hand-crafted artwork.  For the local’s perspective, take a guided tour with Tour Daufuskie!  Kayak tours and rentals give you an opportunity to view Daufuskie from the unique perspective of the water.

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Historic Gullah-constructed homes are found throughout the island

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Explore Daufuskie by water with a kayak or paddle board

For nature-lovers, Daufuskie is a dream come true.  With its underdeveloped land, wildlife flourishes in the island’s maritime forest and salt water marshes.  Check out the Melrose Rookery for a great bird-viewing opportunity, or go beach-combing along our 3-miles of quiet beach.  Take a guided eco-tour to learn more about flora and fauna of Daufuskie!

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Wildlife is abound on Daufuskie!

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Dog-friendly beaches offer miles of beach combing

For your day trip to Daufuskie Island, call Tour Daufuskie at 843-842-9449.   Your adventure awaits!

Gullah Tours of Daufuskie Island from Hilton Head, Bluffton, and Savannah

Daufuskie Island is known for its rich Gullah history.  When Union troops occupied Daufuskie Island at the end of the Civil War, the plantation owners were driven off the island, freeing the slaves.  These folks, now referred to as “Gullah”, stayed on the island and continued to farm, fish, and harvest oysters.  In 1959 the Savannah River became severely polluted due to a paper mill company in Savannah.  This event wiped out the oyster population.  The Gullah people lost their livelihood and most were forced to leave the island, resulting in signs of abandonment throughout the island.

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abandoned oyster shack

From the period of 1959-1980, the Gullah population on the island fell from 2,000 to just 50.  Community gathering places like the First Union African Baptist Church closed down due to lack of people on the island.  Fortunately, many of these historic buildings have been restored by the Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation.

 

To see what remains of the Gullah culture on Daufuskie Island, join Sallie Ann Robinson for her Native Gullah Tour!

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Sallie is a 6th generation native of Daufuskie Island.  As an authority of Gullah culture, she has appeared in programs such as QVC, the Food Network, and the Travel Channel’s “Bizzare Foods”.  She is also a frequent favorite in magazine such as National Geographic, The South, Southern Living, and Hilton Head Monthly.  As a child, bridge-less Daufuskie Island was Sallie’s playground and her life was filled with tales from elders. The famous author Pat Conroy taught Sallie Ann along with many Gullah children at the Maryfield School, and their time together is remembered in Conroy’s bestselling book The Water is Wide(fun fact – Sallie Ann was “Ethel” in the novel and Daufuskie is known as “Yamacraw Island”).  Nowadays, Robinson is a recognized TV personality, celebrity chef, and spokesperson for preserving the legacy of Gullah culture. She is an author to two Gullah cookbooks; “Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way” and “Cooking the Gullah Way, Morning, Noon, and Night”.

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Pat Conroy, author of “The Water is Wide, with Sallie Ann

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A seasoned Gullah chef, Sallie Ann has written two Gullah cookbooks

The Sallie Ann Native Gullah Tour is currently offered Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10am and 2pm.  The cost is $55 for just the on-island tour, and from $89 with round-trip boat service.  For reservations call Tour Daufuskie at 843-842-9449 — please book your tour at least 48 hours in advance to ensure availability.

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

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