Daufuskie Island is a 50-minute morning ferry ride via the Delta Lady from Broad Creek docks at 18 Simmons Road on Hilton Head Island. You should arrive at the Enjoy Daufuskie Reservation Window (at the marina) 30 minutes before your departure. Once on board, make yourself comfortable on the boat and feel free to peek over the railings for wow-worthy views of the sea and surrounding landscapes.
Our typical sunny forecast affords you miles of seashore views in all directions. You might even see a dolphin or two.Your captain on the Delta Lady is guaranteed to be knowledgeable of the area, so you are sure to be regaled with histories, sea legends, and tales of both Hilton Head and Daufuskie. Open your eyes and ears, and be sure to pack a camera for quick snapshots of beautiful scenaries and amazing wildlife.
When you arrive at Daufuskie Island, your pre-rented moped or golf cart will be waiting to whisk you away to must-see sights. Your tour is, of course, self-guided, so you can take your time and really take in all of the sounds and must-sees that make Daufuskie Island a fantastic travel destination. Taking a Daufuskie day trip is simply something that fits into your vacation adventures.
Things to See on Daufuskie Island and Where to End Up
• The Old Daufuskie Crab Company is a seafood restaurant that serves up fresh-caught fish, shrimp, and oysters on a daily basis. Their meal prep
is simple with loads of delicious seasonings, completing lunch and dinner dishes with classic seafood flare and old southern charms. Have a bite of
their homemade hushpuppies with tartar sauce, bring on a main meal of a flounder, scallop, and oyster platter [fried to golden perfection], then finish
up with a chaser of homemade potato salad.
The restaurant has garnered heaps of praise over the years, and many of their past guests have taken to TripAdvisor to leave high praise and positive reviews. For example, Copper of Eaton, Massachusetts writes, “Great atmosphere drew us to this spot for a sunset meal and drinks. Plenty of waterside picnic tables are available and they are first come first serve—no reservations. The Mahi tacos were delicious and the Ahi tacos were tasty as well.”
• The Bloody Point Lighthouse, established in 1883, has a rich history that dates back to the 1700s. There were Indian battles for the lands, hard work by freed slaves that sought refuge from vengeful masters, and heaps of family tragedies and bloodshed. What remains is a two-story range house behind an authentic lighthouse with surrounding gardens and a seaside view. You can take a tour of the entire properties to hear legends, historic stories, and a ghost tale or two.
• The Silver Dew Winery is a historic winery with history rooted in wick houses and wines. It was once a wick house for making lamps, then became a winery in 1883. However, it closed in 1956—until Daufuskie Island locals opened it again for public tours to visitors. Now you can hear stories, learn winery history, sample local wines, and visit a cozy gift shop for historic souvenirs.
Daufuskie Freeport Marina is where you begin and end your adventure onto Daufuskie Island. Before you embark on another ferry for the Broad Creek Marina dock, take some time to explore the General Store, or maybe a "last call" at the marina bar. The boat leaves in the early afternoon, giving you ample time to hit the beaches of Hilton Head Island before you retire for the evening.
Schedule Checks, Reservations, and More Info
Booking a morning reservation for a day trip to Daufuskie Island is the surefire way to ensure you get the adventure you crave. Reservations are an absolute must, so call 843-342-8687 to schedule a time to take a ferry ride to Daufuskie. Before you plot your reservations, give our website a once over to check the daily ferry schedules.
Concerned about prices? For a round-trip to and from Daufuskie Island, you can expect to pay $33 per adult and $12.50 per child [under 12 years of age]. If you would prefer to opt for a one-way ticket so you can stay the night on Daufuskie Island, then come back at your leisure, prices are $16.50 for adults and $6.25 for children.