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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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Information and Photos Curtesy of:

NOAA

National Geographic

SeaWorld

23 Things To Do On Daufuskie Island

23 Things to Do On Daufuskie Island:

#1 Rent a golf cart for a self-guided tour.  With only a couple paved roads on the island, most visitors love navigating the “old timey”, tree canopied historic dirt roads that are unique to Daufuskie Island.  Of course, rentals come with a complimentary map and orientation.

Daufuskie Island Golf Cart Rentals

Daufuskie Island Golf Cart Rentals

#2  Book a guided history & artisans tour if you’d rather get the local’s perspectives.  One common denominator for all Tour Daufuskie guides is that they must be Daufuskie Island residents!

Historic Tour Jane Hamilton Bradley

Tour Daufuskie – History & Artisans Tour

#3  Book a kayaking or stand-up-paddle-boarding tour with Tour Daufuskie.  You will be able to choose from paddling the shores of the beach or navigating the turns in the rivers and salt water creeks.  Either way, nature will find you!

Kayaking Tour Daufuskie, Kayak Rental, Daufuskie Island

kayaking tour on Daufuskie Island

#4  Learn about the rich American Indian and Gullah culture by stopping by the Daufuskie Island museum as well as by touring the 20+ historic landmarks found on the Rob Kennedy Historical Trail.

Frances Jones

Frances Jones Historic Home

#5  Visit renowned coastal sculptor Chase Allen at his Iron Fish Gallery & Studio which was established on Daufuskie Island in 2001.  Allen & his artwork have been featured in national magazines such as Coastal Living, Southern Living, and Martha Stewart Living and he was the 2015 winner of the prestigious Martha Stewart American Made national contest.  Allen’s coastal sculptures are collected worldwide but handcrafted and sold exclusively on Daufuskie Island.

Sculptor Chase Allen Iron Fish Gallery

Sculptor Chase Allen Iron Fish Gallery

Chase Allen and Martha Stewart

Chase Allen and Martha Stewart

#6  Visit Lancy & Emily Burn at The Silver Dew Pottery.  Not only is their unique pottery beautiful, well respected, and very sought after, but Lancy’s stories of his life growing up on Daufuskie Island will blow your mind.

#7  Visit the Daufuskie Island Community farm which is a volunteer-run and member-supported farm.  All buildings on the farm where constructed of timbers milled directly on the property.  Currently the farm houses goats, chickens, ducks, geese, guinea fowl, a pig, two dairy cows, and a garden & orchard.

Daufuskie Island Community Farm

Daufuskie Island Community Farm

#8  Visit Daufuskie Island Wine & Woodworks.  Here, boat builder Mike Loftus handcrafts small wooden specialty boats in his beautiful state-of-the-art timber framed workshop.  Attached to this workshop is a store where specialty wines, beer, and gifts can be purchased.  Mike is usually open Saturday afternoons, so come by and see what he is working on!

Wine and Woodworks

Daufuskie Island Wine and Woodworks

#9  Take a walk or spend the day relaxing on Daufuskie’s approximately 3 mile long underpopulated beach.  Only at the height of Daufuskie’s tourist season would you see up to 300 people on the entire 3 mile stretch of sand!  More than likely, you will see so few people that you will feel as though you have arrived to your own private island.

Daufuskie Island Beach Walk

Daufuskie Island Beach Walk

#10

Visit the First Union African Baptist Church which was built in 1884.   FUABC is the only active church on Daufuskie and is one of the most beautiful historic churches you will ever see.  Church services run every Sunday at 10am.

First Union African Baptist Church Daufuskie Island

First Union African Baptist Church Daufuskie Island

#11  Visit Mary Fields School which was immortalized by Pat Conroy in his first best selling book, The Water Is Wide which was also made in to a movie called Conrack, starring John Voight.

#12  Take a tour of the Daufuskie Island Rum company where founder Tony Chase and his hard working partners distill their very own rum which is available for purchase and taste tests!   Each bottle of rum is distilled, bottled, and labeled right here on Daufuskie Island.  Tony Chase prides his company in being a soley American-made business.  Everything down to the screws holding the building together were made in the USA!

Daufuskie Island Rum

Daufuskie Island Rum

#13  Golf at Bloody Point and enjoy some of the most beautiful golf holes you could imagine.  This Daufuskie Island course is under-played, so enjoy your leisurely round with no pressure coming up from behind.

#14  Grab a bite to eat at renowned Marshside Mama’s, Lucy Bell’s Cafe, The Daufuskie Crab Company, or The Eagles Nest Restaurants.  From the classic island “dive” to fine dining, there are no wrong choices.

#15  Horseback ride on the beach!  Yes, this is a once in a lifetime experience!  Contact the Haig Point Equestrian Center for inquiries.

horse back ride daufuskie island

horse back ride daufuskie island

#16  Meet & chat with the people in the community who chose to live on this remote island with so few modern conveniences.  Daufuskie islanders are known to be fiercely independent yet very friendly and welcoming.

#17  Visit Daufuskie Peach where you can stop by Jan Crosby’s store to select from her line of handcrafted soaps or other natural body works.  Daufuskie is home to many independent & talented artisans and entrepreneurs.

#18  Ask around to see if the locals will direct you to their favorite “Devil Crab Ladies”.  If your lucky enough to find one, you will see why these ancient yet delicious recipes are synonymous with Daufuskie Island.

Daufuskie Island Devil Crabs

Daufuskie Island Devil Crabs

#19  Want the full tilt true island experience?  Rent a house and stay awhile!  Rentals vary from quaint historic bungalows to beach front mansions.  Either way is a win. Try VRBO.COM

Iron Fish Gallery Daufuskie Island Artisan

Daufuskie Island Cottage Rentals

#20  Daufuskie is a favorite nesting stop for loggerhead sea turtles.  If you’d like an informative up-close look at the beloved “loggerhead sea turtle”, book a tour with Tour Daufuskie.  This option is only available during nesting and hatching season(May-September).

baby loggerhead turtle hatching daufuskie island

baby loggerhead turtle hatching

#21  Biking Daufuskie Island is a blast!  Warning….during dryer times, peddling through the sand can be a bit strenuous so be prepared with water and bug spray in the event you need to walk through the “soft spots”.

bike tour daufuskie island

Daufuskie Island Bike Riding

#22  Bring your gear for fishing and crabbing.  You might find that it’s challenging to “hear about” the good fishing holes but trust us when we say there are many!

Daufuskie Island Fishing

Daufuskie Island Fishing

#23  How about an eco-tour?  Tour Daufuskie also offers guided birding & eco-tours.  Learn all about Daufuskie’ large bird population and also about the flora and fauna that is so unique to this pristine island.  Binoculars are included.

Birding tours on Daufuskie Island

Birding tours on Daufuskie Island

 

 

 

 

Daufuskie Island Fourth of July festivities

For Americans, the Fourth of July is a national holiday, and a big one at that. For Daufuskie island, the Fourth is the biggest holiday celebration of the year. From cart parades to live music during the day, the Fourth on the island is topped off with watching fireworks be set off from Hilton Head, Tybee, and Savannah.
If you want to get out and see the island from a different perspective, Tour Daufuskie is offering a one-hour “Sparks and Paddles” guided kayak tour. This special tour leaves from Melrose on the Beach, and the fireworks can be seen from both Hilton Head and Tybee. The tour is only $55 per person, and includes a free Tour Daufuskie t-shirt. There are only 15 spots available, so book now at 843-842-9449!

Melrose Kayaking Tour Daufuskie Island

Sunset kayaking out of Melrose

If you’re not really the outdoorsy type, that’s fine! There are plenty of other events going on this Independence Day. If you happen to be near Freeport Marina, there will be an outdoor cookout with a lowcountry boil, a bouncy house for kids, and an appearance by Hilton Head-based band Cranford and Sons from 2-7pm. (For questions, go to daufuskiefreeport.com or call 843-785-6652)
On the other end of the island, Bloody Point is offering a barbecue and oyster roast with lots of kids activities. This is also where the Fourth of July cart parade is held; cart paraders line up at 2:30pm, and the actual parade starts at 3pm. The pool is free and open to the public, and the fun starts at noon. (For questions, go to bloodypointgolf.com or call 843-341-5505)
The place to be on the night of Independence Day 2015, however, is Melrose on the Beach. The activities begin at 6pm with a poolside cocktail party and a DJ, followed by a gourmet picnic buffet for dinner. American Idol finalist Casey Abrams headlines this Fourth of July party from 7:45-9:00pm. (For questions go to melroseonthebeach.com or call 843-341-2922)
Tour Daufuskie’s kayak shack by the Melrose pool will also be putting on and helping with activities for children with many prizes available. This Independence day, we are also unveiling a new product featuring the Tour Daufuskie logo, which will be revealed in the next few days.

Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board Rentals Daufuskie Island

Tour Daufuskie’s kayak shack behind Melrose will be open all night on the Fourth

See you on the Fourth, Daufuskie!

True Daufuskie Material – A family laughs at their rainy kayaking adventure

Recently, Tour Daufuskie guided the Grey family from Tennessee out on what turned out to be a very wet kayaking tour!  As normal, we began our paddle from the public dock aka Marshside Mamas.  While we were navigating the pristine rivers and marshes that make up our tour, threatening clouds quickly turned in to the Heavens opening up.  It was the type of rain that Forrest Gump described as, rain that seemed to come straight up from underneath.

kayaking daufuskie island in the rain

kayaking daufuskie island in the rain

Where 95% of the time our radar studies help us avoid rainy moments such as these, the other 5% of the time, mother nature throws us a curve ball.  The silver lining to this story is that the Grey family did not panic, but laughed, smiled, and carried on with the adventure!  Their 6 year old son was a little unnerved but even he toughed out the wet chill that hit us all.   Our guess is that this will be a story that the Grey family remembers for a long time to come and Tour Daufuskie would like to thank them for being such great sports.  We try our best to avoid these circumstances but when they occur, only a family like the Grey’s can decide wether or not we still have fun!  Indeed this adventurous and laid back family are what we islanders refer to as true “Daufuskie material” and we hope they visit us again for another adventure soon.

See you on the river!

Bradley Hoover,

Managing Director and Lead Guide

Daufuskie Material

Daufuskie Material

‘Tour Daufuskie’s’ Daufuskie Island Kayaking and Paddle Boarding Mentioned Nationally

‘Tour Daufuskie’s’ Daufuskie Island Kayaking and Paddle Boarding Mentioned as Daufuskie gets national recognition!

Not surprisingly, Daufuskie Island has been mentioned as one of the top 10 “MOST INCREDIBLE” small islands to visit in the United States!!!

Here is the link to the article https://impulcity.com/articles/the-11-most-incredible-island-towns-in-america

In the article, Tour Daufuskie gets a nice little mention for our eco kayak and paddle boarding tours!

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Happy guests on a guided Daufuskie Island kayaking tour

Birding tours on Daufuskie Island

Birding tours on Daufuskie Island