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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

May River Excursions: water taxi from Old Town Bluffton to Daufuskie Island

Anyone who’s planned a trip to bridge-less Daufuskie Island knows how many boat options exist for transportation to and from the island.  It’s enough to make anybody’s head spin!

One of the quickest and most scenic routes to Daufuskie is through May River Excursions, located at 81 Calhoun Street in Old Town Bluffton.  The trip takes about 25 minutes and costs $45 per person round trip.


May River Excursions leaves from the public dock in Old Town Bluffton.

After you check in with Molly in the May River shop, you’ll head down the historic road to Bluffton’s public dock.  There you’ll hop on the water taxi with one of their many experienced captains.  May River Excursions has a route unlike any other to Daufuskie.  You’ll wind through small creeks and inlets, feeling as though you’re taking a secret “back way” to the island.


Wildlife viewing opportunities are abundant on this 25 minute boat ride

Along the way, you’re sure to spot some wildlife.  Dolphins, fish, herons, eagles, and ospreys are a common sight!  The dolphins are especially social, and if you’re ahead of schedule, your captain may slow down to give you a better viewing.

Once you’re done touring Daufuskie Island and head back to the mainland, you may want to spend some extra time exploring historic Old Town Bluffton.  This charming little town offers unique dining and shopping opportunities for your group.  If you’re lucky enough to be in the area on a Thursday, be sure to stop by the local farmer’s market, usually open 1pm-6pm.

Remember, May River offers more than just rides to Daufuskie!  If you’re looking for more adventure, try a fishing charter, crabbing charter, or dolphin excursion.  For more info, call May River at (843)304-2878.


Daufuskie Island Golf Cart Rentals and Water Taxi from Old Town Bluffton

Daufuskie Island Golf Cart Rentals and Water Taxi from Old Town Bluffton

Call May River Excursions to arrange your water taxi to Daufuskie Island today.

May River Excursions will also help you arrange your guided history & artisans tour of Daufuskie or golf cart rental for the self guided adventurous people.  Guided tours cost $45/per person and golf cart rentals are $75/4 hour tour.

Daufuskie Island Golf Cart Rentals

Daufuskie Island Golf Cart Rentals

Daufuskie Island Golf Cart Rentals - Tour Daufuskie

Daufuskie Island Golf Cart Rental – Tour Daufuskie

NEW Water Taxi To Daufuskie Island from Old Town Bluffton

NEW Water Taxi To Daufuskie Island from Old Town Bluffton

Great news!  May River Excursions, owner of the most scenic water taxi ride to Daufuskie Island has partnered with Tour Daufuskie, Daufuskie Island’s premier outdoor locally owned tour guide & golf cart rental company.

Daufuskie Island Golf Cart Rentals

Daufuskie Island Golf Cart Rentals

May River Excursions leaves from Old Town Bluffton, SC.  This quick and amazingly scenic 15 minutes water taxi to Daufuskie Island will be guided by first class, knowledgeable & licensed boat captains who will provide you with a safe and informative route to a very special underdeveloped island recently named #10 on the top 11 small islands to visit in the United States!

Upon arrival, Tour Daufuskie‘s friendly staff will greet you at the dock and your Daufuskie Island adventure will begin.  Whether you have decided to book a guided Daufuskie Island history and artisans tour or you have decided to explore on your own via Tour Daufuskie’s self guided Daufuskie Island golf cart rental package, your day will one that is not   soon forgotten.

There are many advantages to taking the May River Excursions water taxi to Daufuskie Island from Old Town Bluffton, SC.  We may be a couple dollars more expensive but you might want to consider the following when booking your tour:

1.  HUGE time saver!  Your vacation time is precious and we understand that!  Other ferry & water taxi companies to Daufuskie Island can take up to 1 hour each direction…that’s 2 hours out of your day not including the extended lines and check in times.  Our trip from Daufuskie Island Water taxi out of Old Town Bluffton takes only 20-25 minutes.  That saves 2 hours of your day!

2.  Flexibility.  May River Excursions can cater their arrival and pick up times to your liking.  We think you will find this stress free flexibility to be priceless!  Trust us when we tell you it’s best not to be worried about the daily ferry leaving you behind on a bridge-less island.  You will not be confined to ferry schedules and our group is certainly open to allowing you to extend your time on Daufuskie Island if you decide your original tour is simply not enough time. You’re on vacation, relax.

3.  Our professional & courteous staff is second to none.  The May River staff and the Tour Daufuskie staff have a similar passion for making all visitors feel welcome.

4.  Local Tour Guides-  To become a Tour Daufuskie’s tour guide, one must be a “local”.   It’s “company policy” that all Tour Daufuskie guides must live on Daufuskie so that our visitors are ensured a true insiders view as to what life is like living on a bridge-less island.

5.  Dolphin Tour Included- True, this is a water taxi service to Daufuskie Island but the May River is home to several pods of Dolphin so it is very likely that you will spot some of these amazing mammals on your way over from Harbor Town.  Good news is that the captain has the flexibility to take the time to get you up close to the dolphins so if that’s something you’d like to do, simply ask.

6.  NO lines, no waiting…more time saved!  May River Excursion water taxi’s hold up to 16 guests at a time so this eliminates all of the processing time involved with larger groups boarding the larger and slower ferries.


Don’t hesitate to call May River Excursions out of Old Town Bluffton at to book your water taxi over to Daufuskie Island today.  Come explore this underdeveloped island with Tour Daufuskie, Daufuskie Islands locally owned and guided outdoor company.   Tour Daufuskie also offers guided kayak tours, stand up paddle board lessons, biking tours, bird watching tours, eco-tours, and so much more!



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