23 Things To Do and See on Daufuskie Island
Daufuskie Island is known as much for what they don´t have as for what they do have. However, if you thought that the absence of a bridge, grocery store, chains, franchises, strip malls, centralized town, excessive development, hotels, etc., would result in an island with little to see or do, you would be very mistaken.
Below, we have put together a short list of the top “things to see and do” while visiting Daufuskie Island, which has kept visitors coming back year after year since tourism to the island became popular in the late 1970´s and early 1980´s.
#1 Rent a golf cart
Rent a golf cart for a self-guided tour (aka as an adult version of a scavenger hunt). With only a couple paved roads on the island, most visitors love navigation the “old timey”, tree canopied dirt roads that are unique to Daufuskie. Of course maps are complimentary.
#2 Book a guided history & artisans tour
Book a guided history & artisans tour if you´d rather get the local’s perspectives. One common denominator for all Tour Daufuskie guides is that they must be Daufuskie Island residents!
#3 Meet & chat with the people in the community
Meet & chat with the people in the community who actually choose to lie on this remote island that has so few modern conveniences. Daufuskie islanders are known to be fiercely independent yet very friendly and welcoming.
#4 Learn about the American Indian and Gullah culture
Learn about the rich American Indian and Gullah culture by stopping by the Daufuskie Island museum as well as by touring the 20+ historic landmarks found on the Rob Kennedy Historical Trail.
#5 Visit Iron Fish Gallery & Studio
Visit renowned coastal sculptor Chase Allen at his Iron Fish Gallery & Studio which was established on Daufuskie Island in 2001. Allen & his artwork have been featured in national magazines such as Coastal Living, Southern Living, and Martha Stewart Living to name a few and he was the 2014 winner of the prestigious Martha Stewart American Made national contest. Allen, coastal sculptures are collected worldwide but handcrafted and sold exclusively on Daufuskie Island.
#6 Visit The Silver Dew Pottery
Visit Lancy & Emily Burn at The Silver Dew Pottery. Not only is their unique pottery beautiful, well respected, and very sought after but Lancy’s stories of his life growing up on Daufuskie Island will blow your mind.
#7 Visit the Daufuskie Island Community farm
Visit the Daufuskie Island Community farm which is an all volunteer run and volunteer funded sustainable farm. All buildings on the farm where constructed of timbers milled directly on the property.
#8 Visit Daufuskie Island Wine & Woodworks
Visit Daufuskie Island Wine & Woodworks. Here, boat builder Mike Loftus handcrafts small wooden specialty boats in his beautiful state-of-the-art timber framed workshop. Attached to this workshop is a very cute little store where specialty wines, beer, and gifts can be purchased.
#9 Take a walk on 3 mile long underpopulated beach
Take a walk or spend the day relaxing on Daufuskie’s approximately 3 mile long underpopulated beach. Only at the height of Daufuskie’s tourist season would you see up to 300 people on the entire 3 mile stretch of sand! More than likely, you will see so few people that you will feel as though you have arrived to your own private island.
#10 Visit the First Union African Baptist Church
Visit the First Union African Baptist Church which was built in 1884. FUABC is the only active church on Daufuskie and is one of the most beautiful historic churches you will ever see.
#11 Visit Mary Fields School
Visit Mary Fields School which was immortalized by Pat Conroy in his first best selling book, The Water Is Wide which was also made in to a movie called Conrack, starring John Voight.
#12 Take a tour of the Daufuskie Island Rum company
Take a tour of the Daufuskie Island Rum company where founder Tony Chase and his hard working partners distill their very own rum which is of course available for purchase and taste tests! Each bottle of rum is distilled, bottled, and labeled right here on Daufuskie Island!
#13 Golf at Melrose or Bloody Point
Golf at Melrose or Bloody Point and enjoy some of the most beautiful golf holes you could imagine. Most Daufuskie Island courses are under-played so enjoy your leisurely round with no pressure coming up from behind.
#14 Visit Marshside Mama’s
Grab a bite to eat at renowned Marshside Mama’s, The Daufuskie Crab Company, Melrose on the Beach or at The Eagles Nest Restaurants. From the classic island “dive” to fine dining, there are no wrong choices.
#15 Horseback ride
Horseback ride on the beach! Yes, this is a once in a lifetime experience!
#16 Kayaking or stand-up-paddle-boarding
Book a kayaking or stand-up-paddle-boarding tour with Tour Daufuskie. You will be able to choose from paddling the shores of the beach or navigating the turns in the rivers and salt water creeks. Either way, nature will find you!
#17 Visit Daufuskie Peach
Visit Daufuskie Peach where you can stop by Jan Crosby’s store to select from her line of handcrafted soaps or other natural body works. Yes, Daufuskie is home to many independent & talented artisans and entrepreneurs.
#18 See Devil Crab Ladies
Ask around to see if the locals will direct you to their favorite “Devil Crab Ladies”. If your lucky enough to find one, you will see why these ancient yet delicious recipes are synonymous with Daufuskie Island.
#19 True island experience
Want the full tilt true island experience? Rent a house and stay awhile! Rentals vary from quaint historic bungalows to beach front mansions. Either way is a win. Try VRBO.COM
#20 Sea turtles
Daufuskie is a favorite nesting stop for loggerhead sea turtles. If you’d like an informative up-close look at the beloved “loggerhead sea turtle”, book a tour with Tour Daufuskie. This option is only available during nesting and hatching season (May-September).
#21 Biking Daufuskie Island
Biking Daufuskie Island is a blast! Warning… during dryer times, peddling through the sand can be a bit strenuous so be prepared with water and bug spray in the event you need to walk through the “soft spots”.
#22 Fishing and Crabbing
Bring your gear for fishing and crabbing. You might find that it’s challenging to “hear about” the good fishing holes but trust us when we say there are many!
#23 Birding tour
How about an eco-tour or a birding tour! Tour Daufuskie also offers guided birding & eco-tours. Learn all about Daufuskie’ large bird population and also about the flora and fauna that is so unique to this pristine island. All guides are master naturalists and master birders! Binoculars are included.
For more interesting facts about Hilton Head, cool pictures, and the many fun things to do on Hilton Head Island, visit us at www.h2osports.com or give us a call at (843) 671-4386 to book your fun-filled day on the water!