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Exploring Daufuskie on Two Wheels. Worth It?

Although many visitors choose to explore Daufuskie on golf carts, biking this little island may be more appealing to some. Touring the island by bike is feasible, and maybe even enjoyable, when the biker is prepared.Biking Tour Daufuskie Island

It is a good idea to do some research prior to touring Daufuskie by bike. Although Daufuskie is small, the island’s restaurants, galleries, historic spots, and various points of interest are spread out. There is no “downtown” area on Daufuskie. Be ready for miles of exploring by bike. You most likely want more than just a few hours on the island, so consider staying for the day.

In addition to the distance between visiting locations, about half of the roads on the island are dirt. Well let’s be honest, sand. And if you have ever biked through the soft sand, you will understand the difficulty in riding around on Daufuskie. It is best to come a day or two after a rain when sandy roads are a bit more condensed. We warn you, too much rain will turn the sandy roads into mush. Also making it impossible to navigate.

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Our recommendation? Plan ahead. Decide where you want to explore. Map out a route. If you want to visit places on dirt roads, come after a rain has packed down the roads. Otherwise, you may end up doing more walking than riding. If it has been dry, then look into exploring places on the island with paved roads.

Check out the map to the left. All accessible paved roads on the island are marked in gray. Be ready. Even paved roads over here can be a rough ride. If you want to grab a bite to eat, Marshside Mama’s is right off Haig Point Road, which is paved. If you want to picnic on the beach, you can ride through Melrose to Biking Daufuskie Paved Road MapAvenue of Oaks for beach access. Or, you can ride down Oakridge to Beach Road. Beach Road is a dirt road, so you’ll have about a half mile walk or ride to get to the beach.

Haig Point Road has a couple of stops along your way down island. The Billie Burn Historic Museum is accessible via Old Haig Point Road, which is paved up to the Museum. You can also enjoy a walking tour of the Community Farm as you bike. Daufuskie Island Rum Company is also off Haig Point Road. Although you are looking at a short ride down a gravel path to get to the distillery, the gravel usually stays packed down enough for a bike ride. And the reward is sweet.

If the roads aren’t too soft, there are a number of places you can visit that are just farm-signa short ride from a paved road. The Lighthouse Museum is about 100 feet down Beach Road, which is dirt. If you would like to visit Wine and Woodworks, Freeport Marina with Old Daufuskie Crab Company, or the Marsh Tacky Society, you are looking at a quarter mile ride on a dirt road.

In order to get to Lucy Bell’s Café, you will need to ride about a half mile down the dirt road Benjies Point. About a quarter mile down from there are two of our local artisans, Iron Fish Gallery and Silver Dew Pottery. Don’t worry; both ship items so you don’t have to balance your newfound art as you bike.

Photo Nov 16, 11 31 17 AMIf you want to visit Maryfields School, where Pat Conroy taught, be ready for almost a mile ride on dirt roads. However, if it has rained recently the stop is worth the ride. Located at the school is Daufuskie Blues, natural indigo dyers, and School Grounds Coffee. You will also pass by First Union African Baptist Church; this 1884 church is definitely worth a glance.

Renting bikes is an option once you arrive to Daufuskie Island. Give Sports Addiction a call to reserve a beach cruiser for the day. Otherwise, Daufuskie Island Ferry will bring your bike over free of charge. We recommend bikes with thick tires for better grip and an easier ride on our rough roads.

If you want to bike Daufuskie, come prepared. Plan a route and bring some snacks and drinks. Give yourself the entire day to ride around the island and explore.

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Bike Daufuskie. Tour Daufuskie. Enjoy Daufuskie.

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

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.

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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.

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)

Getting to Daufuskie Island by Water Taxi or Ferry

With the number of water taxi and ferry ride options to Daufuskie Island, it’s no wonder that visitors get overwhelmed with the logistics of their trip.  Tour Daufuskie is here to help you determine which ride best suits your group’s needs!  From a large ferry to a semi-private taxi, there is an option for everybody.

 

From Hilton Head or Old Town Bluffton

May River Excursions (843)304-2878

Offering the most scenic trip to the island, the May River Excursions water taxi is a joy ride to say the least.  They operate out of Old Town Bluffton, which is just a short drive from Hilton Head Island.  In this 25 minute boat ride, you will wind through rivers and creeks where shorebirds and dolphins are a common sight.  Your captain will drop you off at the Public Dock (also known as the “County Dock”), where the beloved Marshside Mama’s Cafe sits.  Make sure to set enough time aside to explore the historic Old Town Bluffton before or after your visit to Daufuskie!  With art galleries, a pottery shop, restaurants, and a farmers’ market on Thursdays, Old Town Bluffton is a great way to extend your daytrip.  Water taxi tickets are $45 round trip.  Call Tour Daufuskie at 843-842-9449 to reserve your water taxi to Daufuskie Island!

 

Daufuskie Island Ferry (843)940-7704

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The Melrose Landing on Daufuskie Island

The public ferry leaves from the Buckingham Landing and arrives on Daufuskie at the Melrose Landing.  They provide dollies for transporting luggage from your car to the dock, and friendly staff are always happy to help load up your bags onto the boat.  Keep in mind that you must arrive 30 minutes early!  For those folks craving some fresh air, a few seats are available outside on the back of the boat.  Alternatively, the ferry offers indoor air-conditioned seating with plenty of windows to get a great view of the waterway.  A round trip costs $35, and each way takes about 1 hour.  There are four scheduled arrivals and departures each day, with a later run offered on Friday nights.  They highly recommend reserving your seat after the purchase of your ticket; this is especially important during the summer and holiday weekends.  Good news – Tour Daufuskie can book your tickets with the ferry! Just give us a call at 843-842-9449 and we’ll set up your whole day.

 

From Savannah, Tybee Island, Wilmington Island

Bull River Marina (912)897-7300

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Bull River’s water taxi costs $45 per person round trip or $225 total for a 6-person ride.  The water taxi to Daufuskie departs three times a day from Savannah and takes about 30 minutes.  They drop-off at a handful of docks on Daufuskie; County dock, Freeport Marina, Bloody Point, and Haig Point.  For those of you on Tybee Island who want to check out some quieter sands, Bull River also offers beach drop options.

 

Once you arrive on Daufuskie

If you are just visiting for the day, you are going to need a golf cart for transport around the island.  Your cart can be delivered to any of the public docks on the island.  Most of the sights on Daufuskie are located on sandy roads, so biking can be very difficult — carts are the way gain a full perspective of the island.

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If you’re staying overnight on Daufuskie and have luggage with you, you have one more piece to the puzzle.  Golf carts are not built to carry the weight of a group of people and their luggage, so you need to make arrangements to transport luggage to your rental.  Try Daufuskie Transit at (843) 338-2570 or email at DaufuskieTransit@gmail.com.  They will meet you at the dock, load up all of your luggage onto a trailer, and shuttle it to your rental home for only $20.  If any of your group will be traveling to the rental home with Daufuskie Transit, you will be charged $20 per person.

 

Figuring out the logistics of your trip doesn’t need to be stressful- just give yourself the time to plan ahead!  Trust us, when you arrive to the island you will be glad for it.