There is only one way to get to Daufuskie Island, and that is by water. With numerous water transportation services, planning a trip can become overwhelming. Although Tour Daufuskie does not have water transportation services, we can help you in figuring out the best route to get to Daufuskie.
May River Excursions is a locally owned and operated water tour service in Bluffton, SC. In addition to offering guided excursions on the water, fishing trips, and captained cruises, May River also brings guests to Daufuskie Island. The 30 minute ride departs from Historic Old Town Bluffton. Your captain will take you through the beautiful creeks and marshes between Bluffton and Daufuskie Island. May River operates a fleet of Carolina Skiffs, capable of bringing you and your luggage to the island. May River runs water taxis to and from the island every day during daylight hours. As they have a bit more flexibility, this is your best option for our 10:00 am tours. For day-trippers, the round trip water taxi is $45 per person. They can also bring you to the island for an overnight stay. Overnight rates, starting at $150, include parking and luggage transportation. The best part? Tour Daufuskie can take care of rentals, tours, and booking the water taxi over with May River Excursions. If you are looking for a bit more flexibility in your day, as well as a short but scenic ride, May River Excursions is ideal for you.
However, if an open-aired boat is not what you are wanting, Daufuskie Island Ferry offers a comfortable, enclosed ride to Daufuskie. This hour long trip departs from Buckingham Landing at the base of the Hilton Head bridges and takes you through Calibogue Sound to Daufuskie. The ferry runs four times a day, with an added late night trip on Fridays. This reliable and professional ferry is quite affordable, at only $35 per person for a round trip ticket. When reserving a tour or rental, Tour Daufuskie can also book the ferry for you. The ferry is ideal for our guided tours in the afternoon, or a self-guided day trip to the island. They can also accommodate luggage for over night visitors, only charging $10 a night for overnight parking.
Departure from Buckingham Landing to Daufuskie Island:
- 7:00 am, 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm (Plus 9:00 pm on Fridays)
Returning from Daufuskie Island to Buckingham Landing:
- 8:30 am, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm (Plus 10:15 pm on Fridays)
If you are coming from the Savannah area, Bull River Marina is an excellent option. The marina is located on Wilmington Island, just at the Tybee Island Bridge. You can charter a water taxi to the island from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm for $225 for the round trip boat ride accommodating up to 6 people. In addition to Bull River’s open aired water taxi, they also recently added a fully enclosed 31’ SeaHawk that can accommodate up to 22 people. This quick ride through the protected waters from Tybee to Daufuskie only takes about a half hour. Bull River can drop you off at any of the docks on Daufuskie Island.
In addition to these three great water transportation services, there are numerous other options in getting to Daufuskie. Although we can set up certain options for you, these are not the only options. If you choose to select a different water transportation option, no problem! We can still meet you for a guided tour or rental on Daufuskie Island.
Call Us Now to schedule a day on Daufuskie, and we can take care of water transportation for you!