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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

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.

Stay Cozy With School Grounds Coffee

Photo Dec 09, 12 46 09 PMNestled on a dirt road, in the old school kitchen sits Daufuskie’s newest gem, School Grounds Coffee.

This quaint coffee shop is quite an island treat. Located at Maryfields School on School Road, the coffee shop reflects the history of Daufuskie. Photos and articles of days past give patrons an idea of what the space once was.

Pam and Brian Cobb opened School Grounds Coffee in early November. The Cobbs first came to Daufuskie Island in March of 2016. Escaping from Raleigh for a relaxing vacation, Pam and Brian fell in love with the island. Mrs. Pat, Photo Dec 19, 10 22 11 AMof Daufuskie Island Community Farm, knew right away they were destined to live on Daufuskie. She even accurately predicted that they would move in across the street.

The Cobbs, partnering with Leanne Coulter and Photo Dec 08, 1 48 56 PMRhonda Davis, have created the perfect cafe atmosphere. Walking in brings you back to days of handwriting practice and read alouds. This warm and inviting space calls you to sit and visit with island locals and visitors. Their menu boasts dIMG-0187elicious espresso drinks made with fair trade, single origin, 100% arabica beans, an assortment of teas, and rich, creamy hot chocolate.

Pam and Brian have big plans for School Grounds Coffee. They intend to get the kitchen DHEC approved. And if you have ever had one of Pam’s cakes or treats, you’ll understand our excitement in this endeavor. They also hope to build on a porch. With mild winters and sunny summers, an outdoor venue is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing morning.

So stop by Maryfields School for a tasty beverage and some warm conversation.

Give Daufuskie

A Day on Daufuskie

Screen Shot 2017-12-06 at 5.27.13 PMGive your friends and family a refreshingly different gift this year. Set up a day on Daufuskie for them. With guided and self-guided options, we can create a wonderful experience that they will truly enjoy. Once all the details are in place, they will just have to give us a quick call to set up a day. Take a look at our holiday gift options. Give memories with Tour Daufuskie.

Sea Island Sculptures from The Iron Fish

24852207_1111634852206300_1697308625162266440_nChase Allen specializes in crafting beautiful coastal inspired metal sculptures. Fish, mermaids, sea turtles, crabs, and lobsters are just a few of the pieces he creates. Although Chase ships his sculptures worldwide, you’ll have to come to his gallery on Daufuskie Island to get something in time for Christmas.

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This breathtaking post and beam barn located on the north end of Daufuskie Island is the home to Mike and Joanne Loftus’ woodworking and wine shop. With organic, sustainable, and low production wines from vineyards throughout the world, you are sure to find a bottle to fPhoto Dec 13, 1 10 55 PMit every palette. Paired with one of Mike’s hand crafted beach wine stands, this is the perfect gift for friends and family.

Indigo Dyed Scarf

Screen Shot 2017-12-07 at 11.55.50 AMThis mystical natural blue dye is truly unique. Daufuskie Blues uses natural indigo to create unique patterns and designs on scarves and organic fabrics. Based out of Maryfields School on Daufuskie Island, this little shop is home to production and sales. Sold exclusively on Daufuskie Island, you’ll have to stop into Daufuskie Blues for these lovely pieces.

Daufuskie Island Rum Company’s Spiced Rum

Photo Dec 07, 2 11 15 PMWith cooler weather approaching, give some warmth with Daufuskie Island Rum Company’s Spiced Rum. Reminiscent of the holidays, this naturally spiced rum pairs wonderfully with eggnog. In addition to their spiced rum, the distillery offers numerous other artisanal rums, all made on Daufuskie Island. And their homemade vanilla extract makes the perfect stocking stuffer!

Silver Dew Hand Crafted Pottery

IMG-0187Inspired by the pottery of Native Americans he unearthed from the island he grew up on, Lancy Burn’s pieces are a true reflection of Daufuskie Island. The work that his wife, Emily, and he create is not only beautiful, but practical. Take a peak at their gallery located on Benjies Point Road on Daufuskie Island.

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Daufuskie Peach’s hand crafted bath and body products are made in-house using unrefined, organic shea butter. From start to finish, these soaps, lotions, butters, and scrubs are created in small batches on Daufuskie Island. Pure, simple, clean. Explore her ever indulging scents at Daufuskie Peach next time you’re on Daufuskie Island or take a look at her online store.

Screen Shot 2017-12-07 at 12.26.15 PMSpartina, Where it Began

Spartina 449 company founder and CEO, Kay Stanley, found inspiration for her handbags, jewelry and accessories from her seaside cottage on Daufuskie Island. Although you can buy Spartina 449 all over, getting it from the Lowcountry adds a special memory. Find Spartina Retailers here.

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