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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!
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.
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.
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)
If you have ever taken a tour around Daufuskie Island, chances are that you have seen a very peculiar animal scurrying about. Appearing to be an over-sized squirrel with grey and black coloration, these curious creatures stop tourists in their tracks. They are Grey Fox Squirrels, and have been prevalent on Daufuskie Island for hundreds of years.
Why do the Grey Fox Squirrels look so different from the rest of the squirrel family? Scientists have come up with an interesting hypothesis, and it all comes down to the relationship between the squirrels and a tree. Fox Squirrels love to eat the seeds from cones of the Longleaf Pine tree, which used to be very prevalent on Daufuskie. Longleaf pine cones produce some of the largest cones in the Southeastern United States (see below). It is thought that their large body size was advantageous for the Fox Squirrel when trying to manipulate the pine cones to extract the seeds, and over time larger body sizes were selected for. Their black-and-grey coloration may have something to do with Longleaf Pine as well. This pine tree is extremely fire-resistant and flourishes in areas that experience fire. In historic times on Daufuskie, leaf litter would build up on the ground and lighting strikes would cause fires. The smokey colors of the Fox Squirrels may have helped camouflage them in a charred forest. Whatever reason for their funky appearance, they are certainly a special species on our island!
Interested in finding out more about wildlife on Daufuskie Island? Join TD’s Naturalist in a “Wild Daufuskie” Eco tour!
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Sallie Ann Robinson, a sixth generation native of Daufuskie Island, is joining forces with Tour Daufuskie to debut the Sallie Ann Native Gullah Tour. This is the FIRST TIME EVER weekly-offered Gullah tour led by a native professional guide on Daufuskie.
Robinson is known as an authority of Gullah culture and cuisine, having been a featured favorite in programs such as QVC, The Food Network, and The Travel Channel. As a child, she was a student of the famous author Pat Conroy and is remembered in his critically-acclaimed novel “The Water is Wide”. Sallie Ann’s historical and cultural knowledge of Daufuskie Island is unparalleled, and her tour will unearth Gullah stories and give insight to growing up on this bridgeless island.
The Sallie Ann Native Gullah Tour is offered four times a week; Tuesdays and Saturdays at 9am and 2pm. The debut tour is Saturday Nov 5 at 2pm. Tour duration is 2.5 hours and the cost is $55 per person. These intimate tours have limited spaces available and reservations are required. To book a tour call Tour Daufuskie at (843)842-9449 or email at email@example.com.