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Tucked between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, Daufuskie is a real gem! Accessible only by boat, this fascinating island hosts a number of historical sites as well as interesting artists studios. Highlights of a visit to Daufuskie include The Iron Fish Art Gallery, home to Martha Stewart American Made winner Chase Allen; as well as Mary Fields School, where author Pat Conroy taught, memorialized in his novel 'the water is wide.' Outside offers several great ways to Discover Daufuskie, whether on our fully guided History & Artisans Excursion or a customized private trip. Click on the links below to learn more.
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Tucked between Hilton Head Island and Savannah is Daufuskie Island, a true gem of the Lowcountry. Constantly inhabited for the last two thousand years, this island has never had a bridge connecting it to the mainland. The result of this isolation is a landscape and culture completely unique to this island. We offer several ways to see and explore Daufuskie. By far our most popular program is our Daufuskie History and Artisans Excursion. Departing from Hilton Head or Palmetto Bluff, this program begins with a scenic guided boat cruise to the island. Your Captain is a Historian and Interpretive Naturalist. Once on Daufuskie, we load on to golf carts and tour Daufuskie, stopping at significant historical sites and artists studio. Stops on the golf cart tour may include: The First African Baptist Church, The Mary Fields School (memorialized in Pat Conroy’s, A Water is Wide), The Daufuskie Rum Distillery, The Daufuskie Museum, Silver Dew Pottery, The White School, the site of the Bloody Point Lighthouse and The Iron Fish Gallery (winner of Martha Stewart's American Made Award). After the golf cart tour we will enjoy light snacks and refreshments before our return cruise. Private programs are available for groups and families as Private Charters.

If you would prefer to explore Daufuskie on your own, we offer a water taxi service charter. Our Captains will take you to your dock of choice on the island and depart from either location at a time convenient for you. The other self-guided option to Daufuskie is to rent one of our twenty foot pontoon boats and boat over to the island yourself. The ride is about an hour each way, so book at least a four hour rental in order to have time to explore the island.