A Year With Sallie: Looking Ahead

With 2017 in the books, we’re looking at all good things for 2018. So what’s new?

First, we have added an additional day to Sallie’s tours. Tour Daufuskie will run the Sallie Ann Robinson Native Gullah Tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 

We’ve also made a slight adjustment on times. In order to accommodate all water transportation to and from Daufuskie, we now offer her tours at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. 

Wanting to grab lunch before or after your tour? With two restaurants on the island, Tour Daufuskie can provide a 2 hour cart rental pre or post tour for $45.00. That will give you time to grab a bite to eat and do a little exploring on your own. 

With the Sallie Ann Tour, we can also take care of transportation to and from the island. We will handle all of the details and reservations for you! 

Tour Daufuskie and Sallie Ann have big plans for 2018. Give us a call at (843)842-9449 to book the only Gullah Tour on Daufuskie Island.

There’s only one Sallie Ann Robinson, and we have a feeling she will be in high demand this year! 

A Year With Sallie: 2017 in “Reviews”

Just a few of the incredible reviews about Sallie and her tour.


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“Just spent a fabulous day with Sallie Ann on Daufuskie Island, learning about her upbringing as part of the Gullah culture. Our group had a personal tour on a golf cart, covering the whole island and stopping at many landmarks and shops. Sallie Ann is bubbly and fun, making her the perfect tour guide! When booking, ask for the Sallie Ann tour…you won’t be disappointed!”

– Anne F

“The tour has been on my bucket list since I read Conroy’s book. Having Sallie as our guide was wonderful!!!”

– Ginger L.

“Sallie Ann Robinson is very outgoing and a great guide. Highly recommend the island tour.”

– Charles B.

“Sallie’s tour narrates life growing up on Daufuskie Island. Sallie is incredibly interesting and a perfect guide! As a bonus, the boat ride with May River Excursions was beautiful. They brought us over early to grab lunch before the tour, which worked out perfectly!”

– Leanne P.

“We live in the Bluffton and have been to Daufuskie a couple of times. With friends visiting from out of town, we thought the tour would be a great way to show them the island. Even if you have been to Daufuskie, taking her tour gives you a completely different view of the Daufuskie.”

– James R.

“Sally Ann was great. We will be back!! And we have already recommended it to family and friends.”

– Sharon and Gary

“A must do! Sallie is so much fun and a delight to tour the island with!”

– Lisa K.

“We stumbled across Sallie Ann’s tour when visiting Savannah. We came over with Bull River Marina out of Tybee Island and they dropped us off right where the tour begins. Sallie is a wonderful guide and great story-teller. Highly recommended!”

– Bonnie and Dan




A Year With Sallie: Big Changes

IMG-0067Sallie made some big changes in 2017. Although Sallie grew up on Daufuskie Island, she had not made it her full time home is recent years. Fortunately, that changed in 2017.

Sallie spent most of her time between Daufuskie and the Savannah and Hilton Head areas. With family, friends, and numerous commitments all over the Low Country, Sallie stayed relatively busy going from one place to another. In September of 2017, Sallie moved back to Daufuskie full time. She is currently working to get her family’s property back to its true beauty. We are so grateful to have Sallie living here full time! 

Screen Shot 2018-02-14 at 11.46.40 AMIn addition to being a full time resident on Daufuskie, Sallie also joined the Daufuskie Island Town Council. As a Council Woman, Sallie is a voice and advocate for Daufuskie Island with Beaufort County, State and Federal officials and administrative agencies. Fittingly, Sally is also the Chair of Cultural and Historical Preservation Committee for Daufuskie Island Council.  Her advocacy for the island is indispensable. 


Join Sallie for a tour not just to hear about her recent endeavors and pursuits, but to experience her vibrant spirit and the Gullah culture on Daufuskie Island. 


Tour Daufuskie: Not Just Island Operations

Tour Daufuskie is the only locally owned and operated tour company on Daufuskie Island. But we don’t just take care of transportation and tours solely on Daufuskie. 

When you book a guided tour or self-guided rental with Tour Daufuskie, we can coordinate getting you and your group to Daufuskie Island. 

Although Tour Daufuskie does not operate any boat transportation services, we do have numerous partners who run exceptional water services. Located all over the Lowcountry, we can coordinate the easiest option to fit your needs. 

We understand. Getting to Daufuskie Island can be tricky. Navigating the different water transportation services, times and details can become overwhelming. Don’t let that discourage you from visiting Daufuskie Island. We are experts on the waterways, boat services, tours, and island details. If you are unsure about a day on the island, give us a call. Our receptionists are always available to walk you through the process and answer any questions you have. We can schedule the transportation, the tour or rental, and all other aspects of your day. 

We know the island. We know the surrounding Lowcountry. We know how to make things easy. 

Call us to book your tour! (843)842-9449

A Year With Sallie: Best of 2017

22426589_857093377785923_7342165182138508940_oAlthough we kicked off Sallie’s tours at the end of 2016, chilly weather kept things quiet until the beginning of spring. Warmer days with bright sunshine brought our first tours of the year. At the beginning of March, Sallie and her tour groups took advantage of Daufuskie’s beautiful early spring. 

This ushered in to one of Sallie’s busiest months of the year, May. May, along with October, proved to be the two most popular months for Sallie’s tours. In both months, tours were booked solid Tuesdays and Saturdays. From couples enjoying a day on the island to corporate groups taking a well needed reprieve, the gorgeous weather in May and October made for perfect tours. 22291350_1126490654152166_8246878185553409075_o

Throughout the year, Sallie had the opportunity to host a number of different groups. Family reunions, company retreats and social organizations all came to spend a day with Sallie. Of the many wonderful tours, one of our favorites was the Beaufort Theatre Company. As a part of the Pat Conroy Literary Festival the theatre company put on Conrack, the performed adaptation of Pat Conroy’s The Water is Wide. Sallie Ann gave an island tour to the performers, allowing for an authentic understanding of the days Pat was on the island teaching at Maryfields School. 

Asking Sallie if she had a favorite memory? She laughed and replied, “Just one? I can’t pick out just one!”



A Year With Sallie: The Word Has Gotten Out

Screen Shot 2018-01-28 at 1.38.03 PMHaving been in the public eye for years, Sallie is no stranger to the press. However, 2017 featured a number of articles and videos on the author, chef and expert of Gullah culture. With too many to count, Tour Daufuskie has picked a few of our favorites from this past year. 


SC ETV: Gullah Chef Sallie Ann Robinson – Featuring Sallie and her incredible cuisine. 


USA Today: Get off the beaten path and head to the South’s Low Country -Brian Barth visited the Bluffton, SC area early in the year. May River Excursions brought him over to enjoy a day on Daufuskie Island. One of the Daufuskie gems Barth features in his article is Sallie Ann.Sallie Ann's_cardfront

And Hilton Head Monthly, a couple times. Popular Chef and Author Sallie Ann Robinson and Daufuskie Deviled Crab 

The word is beginning to spread. Sallie’s infectious laugh, remarkable story-telling skills, and upbeat personality makes for a memorable time. How could one not write about her?


Interested in her tours? 

Get more information here!

A Year With Sallie

IMG_7540Just over a year ago, Tour Daufuskie launched Sallie Ann Robinson’s Native Gullah Tour. And how much fun have we had! Sallie’s exuberant spirit, infectious laugh and immediate warmth makes her completely and utterly unforgettable. 

Sallie shares a perspective of Daufuskie Island with visitors and locals that has an authenticity unmatched by just about anyone else on the island. Join us in taking a look back at the adventures Sallie and Tour Daufuskie have experienced in 2017 with our 5 part series, “A Year With Sallie.”

Winter Blues? Think About Summer Fun with Tour Daufuskie

Tour Daufuskie is a locally owned and operated outdoor tour company on Daufuskie Island. We are currently looking for two summer interns. 19601613_809524399209488_383322237926760291_n

Applicant must have a love and passion for the outdoors and be willing to live on the beautiful Daufuskie Island for the summer. Housing options are available. We are seeking a mechanically minded, self-motivated and responsible adult willing to dive in to a small but fast growing company. Duties include but are not limited to, maintaining our fleet of golf cart rentals, guiding tour daufuskie island clothingkayak & paddle board tours, maintaining our fleet of kayaks and paddle boards, trouble shooting, customer service, and merchandise sales. This hands-on mostly outdoor position needs someone capable of both critical thinking and physical work.

Both internships will be paid for a full work week. Due to our remoteness, the job does require the intern to live on Daufuskie Island. Luckily, we have also secured housing and transportation on Daufuskie for summer interns.

If you are interested in joining the Tour Daufuskie team, please send your resume to tourdaufuskieguide@gmail.com. We also ask that you fill out the application questions below.

Summer Intern

Thank you for your interest in working with Tour Daufuskie. Please fill out the application questions below.

And Then, Snow

The start of 2018 was one for the books. On the third day of the year, Daufuskie experienced something that rarely happens on this warm sea island, snow. Not freezing rain. Not a few flurries. Snow. That stuck.

How rare, you ask? According to SCDNR, only 5 times since they started collecting data in 1965 has it snowed more than .1 inches in Beaufort County. The biggest accumulation being 5 inches in 1989. We had snowfall in 2010, and bridges were closed in 2014 due to freezing rain, however that did not affect this island.

This already brilliant island appeared even more spectacular with a blanket of white. And we enjoyed every second of it.

Daufuskie’s Deviled Crab

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Recently featured in Hilton Head Monthly’s issue focusing on the Lowcountry’s most intriguing people, Sallie Ann Robinson and Ernestine Smith talk about Daufuskie Deviled Crab and the heritage ofcrab-cakes-671x503 the dish. A phenomenal cook and expert on Lowcountry cuisine, Sallie has a way of evoking the soul of the island in her flavors and dishes.

In addition to her fine cooking skills, Sallie also offers a guided tour of Daufuskie Island. In this 2 and a half hour tour, Sallie recounts her adventures growing up on Daufuskie. For more information about her tours, give us a call or take a look here. 

Take a look at the article written about a vital piece of Daufuskie’s culture and history, and try your hand at the delicious dish. I will warn you, it wont be as good as Sallie’s and Ernestine’s. Hilton Head Monthly: The Famous Daufuskie Deviled Crab.

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