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Daufuskie Island Residents Page

Daufuskie Island
Important Information

Federal Express Services for Island Residents

Daufuskie Island residents now have the option to use Federal Express services to receive FedEx, FedEx Home, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight packages. The Daufuskie Island Ferry Visitor Center is a Federal Express clearing station for all FedEx packages addressed to Daufuskie Island recipients.

Island residents will be notified when a FedEx package addressed to them arrives at the Visitors Center. Residents may choose to pick up the package there between the hours of 9 and 4, Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays, or they can arrange to have the package delivered by the Captain to the Melrose Landing luggage transfer area at a specific time any weekday.

The fee payable to DIFS by credit card is $10 for pick up at the Visitors Center or $20 if delivered to Melrose Landing. If you are going to have the package sent over to Melrose Landing, call the ferry office (843 940 7704) to make payment and set up ferry delivery details. Unclaimed packages will be returned to FedEx. Please be sure to add the Visitor Center address, (1536 Fording Island Road, Bluffton, SC 29926) to the delivery information for any of your Daufuskie-bound FedEx orders.

Daufuskie Island Non-emergency COVID-19 Medical Transport

The following non-emergency COVID-19 medical transport procedures are effective immediately and will be followed until further notice. The purpose of this policy is to transport individuals who are feeling sick to the mainland in a vessel other than the regular ferries.

Individuals who require non-emergency medical transportation will be transported on a water taxi from Melrose Landing to Buckingham Landing during normal business hours.

Individuals who think they are symptomatic will be transported from Melrose Landing to Buckingham in accordance with the following procedures:
• Transportation shall be provided on a separate vessel.
• The crew and vessel will be assigned by Haig Point marine management.
• The captain will determine who will be allowed to accompany the patient.
• The patient will wear a mask.
• The crew will wear a N-95 mask and gloves.
• All present on the boat will maintain a distance of six feet from the patient, if possible.
• The crew will de-contaminate the boat after the patient has left.
• The boat will not be used for passengers until it has been completely de- contaminated.
• A written record of each transport will be submitted to the Director of Transportation.

If an individual on Daufuskie Island requires non-emergency medical transport, they should call the Daufuskie Island Ferry office at 843-940-7704.  That individual will provide the office staff with a credit card to be used to cover the $250 taxi fee unless it is waived by confirmation of a doctor visit.

Ferry Policy

If you have any questions or concerns about Daufuskie Island Ferry policies, please call 843-940-7704.   The crew is tasked with operations and is not responsible for company policy.

Parking at Melrose Landing

Notices have been placed on all the cars parked at Melrose Landing advising the owners to call 843-341-8106 to register their vehicles if they wanted to continue parking at the landing.  We appreciate your cooperation.  If you have any questions, call Captain Richard at 843-341-8106.

Decal Parking Policies

Individuals with a parking decal on the bumper of their automobile should be aware of the following:

  • That the decal is not transferrable (parking privileges apply ONLY to the car to which the decal is attached).
  • That decal parking payments of $50.00 per month are due regardless of whether or not the car is parked in the lot.
  • That decal parking payments must be made on time whether paying monthly, quarterly, annually or otherwise.
  • That cars with decals must park in the area reserved for them unless directed by the crew to park elsewhere.
  • That non-adherence to these policies could result in a late charge or revocation of decal parking privileges

To void this decal and terminate the associated parking agreement, a cancellation notice should be presented in writing to the ferry office (843 940 7703).

Island Resources

If you are a newcomer or an old-timer, and if you may need help with plumbing, painting, heating repairs, landscaping, the list below gives you some valuable resources for quick help.  If you provide services to the island and are not on the list, just call the Daufuskie Island Ferry.  Any updates will also be appreciated.

Please Make Ferry Reservations

Click the flag logo to make reservations.

THANK YOU for making ferry reservations.
It help us anticipate our crew and boat requirements in order to best serve you.

About your
QRcode Ticket Account

To deposit money into your
Breeze QRcode ticket account,
click the Breeze icon above.

To check your balance, click here.

Individuals who want to obtain a Daufuskie Island resident ID card and open a Palmetto Breeze ticket account should contact Palmetto Breeze.  The cost of a one-way ride for individuals with a Palmetto Breeze ID card is determined by Palmetto Breeze and depends on the resident status (renter, land-owner, home-owner, etc.).

O – Orange = student resident, elderly resident or disabled resident – $3
P – Pink = permanent resident and 4% land owner – $4
G – Green = long-term renter – $5
Y – Yellow =2nd home & 6% land owner – $8

Islanders who already have a Breeze ID card and need a QRcode sticker for charging their rides should contact the Palmetto Breeze office or the Daufuskie Island Ferry office (843-940-7704).

Palmetto Breeze
25 Benton Field Drive
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 757-5782

Out of respect for this convenience, all individuals with QRcode accounts are expected to keep these accounts current.  Passengers with delinquent QRcode accounts may be asked to provide credit card payment of $35.00 for round-trip transportation until their account is brought up to date.


Information for Island Residents

Island Artists

To learn about the wonderful talent that has made this island so special, click here.

Island Services

Scroll down for a list of island services.  To print a Directory of Island Services (Daufuskie Directory_09042018 – partially complete), click here.

Emergency & Administrative Services

Emergency & Administrative Services

Fire: Island emergency services are handled by a full-time, modern Fire Department and EMS.

Daufuskie Island Fire District:        843 758-2116

EMS: 911

Poison Control Center:        800 222-1222

Beaufort County Sheriff does not maintain full-time presence on the island. They will respond as necessary.

Beaufort County Sheriff Department:    843 255-3300


Environmental Crimes unit: Sgt. John Gobel     843 255-3421

SC Crime Stoppers: 1-888-274-6372

You can access “Lowcountry Law: A Look Inside of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office” through the following locations:

Utilities and Services

Water & Sewer

Daufuskie Island Utility Company                        617-423-3030

Electric & Gas

SC Electric and Gas (SCG&E)          800-251-7234

Underground Line Location           811

Phone and Internet Service

Hargray/Telephone Service           877-427-4729

Builders and Architects

Builders / Architects

Fred Ludtke                            843 686-2210

Vaccaro Architects                843 290-3076

CCL Builders                            912 412-8882

Tidewater Company             841-842-8313

Anthony Group – Tony Cucco        843.671.3071

Joshua M. Simpson               843.247.2351

Mahe Coastal Homes           843.422.8292

Osprey Construction – Chuck Hunter 843.290.1845

General Construction and Renovation

General Construction and Renovation  

Geoff Brunning (General)                      404 569-2353

Daufuskie Site Preparation Inc      843-785-5141

Lee Construction                   843 784-5288

Clark Construction. LLC Steve Clark 478-387-5580

Jeff Winholt                            843.842.5990

Johnson Services                   843.384.2982

Khristo Services                     843.683.7440

Ron Jones                                843.684.2344

Ted Richardson/Renovation          843-842-4560

Yarborough Masonry 843-338-2570

Nelson Olivera                       843.540.5514

Joe Davis, 706-829-8864

Khristo Services (Painting)                     843.683.7440

Nancy Owens (Painting)                         843.842.6942

Graham Iverson (Painting)                                        843.422.4755

George Rafferty(Painting)                                          516-287-6592

Brian Crabtree (Painting)             404-444-01491

Heating, Air & Electrical Services

Heating, Air & Electricity  

Eddie Pennebaker 864-650-2739

Bluffton Electric                     843 757-9522

May River Electric                 843 784-7070

Earl’s Electrical                       843 683-6186

Lang 72 Degrees                    843 681-6824

Hahn’s Air Specialists           843 683-4242

Air Control Systems              843.815.9389

Air Force One                         843.815.6982

Markes Heating and Air      843.836.3000

Superior Heating and Air    843.682.2665

Palmetto Propane                 843-540-6273

Septic Tank  – Degler Waste Management           843-645-7867

Sea Island Backflow, LLC John Lebak 843-842-8427

House Keeping and Handiman Services

Housekeeping and Handiman Services

Sea Glass Home Services LLC         843-785-4697/843-368-7013

Cleaning/Triune Corporation         843-686-6330

Jodi Smith                                843.505.0961

Johnson Cleaning Services 843.384.2982

Raya Cobb                               843.540.3020

Rebecca Price                         912.308.5017

Nancy & Monica                    843-842-6942

Tammy Helmuth                   843-247-5941

Jodi Yarborough                    843-842-2245 or 843-338-2184

Handyman Services

David Helmus                         843.247.5940

Ron Jones                                843.684.2344

Ted Richardson                      843.842.4560

Jeff Winholt                            843.842.5990

Bryan Cranston

Eddie Pennebaker 864-650-2739

Landscape & Pest Control Services

Landscape & Pest Control Services   

Daufuskie Landscapes         843-684-3445

Island Essentials (butterfly-friendly pest management) 843-444-8585

Island Environments            (843) 342-7734

The Greenery                         843-785-3848

Rivers Landscape and Tree Service          843.247.5210

Hilton Head Exterminators             843 681-2590

Carolina Termite & Pest Control   843-681-4401

Septic Tank  – Degler Waste Management           843-645-7867

Sea Island Backflow, LLC John Lebak 843-842-8427



A Perfect Move                      866.630.6740

All My Sons                             843.757.2100

Barge Services

Bull Island Freight                          843-321-0119

Hutchinson Island                          912-232-1836

J & W Barge Services                     843.342.8687 or 843.290.9336

New River Transport                     843.341.5765

Transportation Services
for Daufuskie

Transportation Services to and on Daufuskie

Daufuskie Island Ferry Service – 843-940-7704

Daufuskie Island Ferry Service Water Taxi – 843-940-7704

Haig Point Ferry (private)            843-686-2000

Harbour Town Water Taxi           843-363-2628

May River Excursions Water Taxi          843-304-2878

Palmetto Breeze (ferry passes for residents) 843-757-5782

Golf Cart Rental

Freeport Marina                               843-384-4354

Island Carts                                      843-505-3937

Daufuskie Carts                              843-341-2327

Tour Daufuskie                               843-842-9449

Bicycle Rental

Sports Addiction Bicycles Rentals          843-815-8281.

Taxi / Shuttle Service

Daufuskie Transit                           (843) 338-2570

Vehicle Services and Repair

Gasoline – Freeport Marina                 843-785-8242

Suresh’s Cart Garage                    843 445-1455 or 843 842-1239

Daufuskie Cars and Carts             910-528-6383

Golf Cart Sales

Club Car of Hilton Head                            843.837.2066

Coastal Custom Carts                                843.815.6622

Low Country Golf Carts                            843.987.8272

Real Estate & Rental Services

Real Estate  

Tony Simonelli 908 295-6778

Andy Mason 843 842-3441

Karen Rafferty 516-287-6592

Tom Heffner

Tom Jackson 843-757-7710

Erica Veit 843-290-9119

Tom Beavor 843-341-3700 ext. 8205

Norma Jenkins and Susan Taylor (843) 384-1484

Dawn Hall Rodgers  704-770-6825

Daufuskie Properties 877-437-7290

Susan Jones Property Management 843-384-4894

Daufuskie Rental Group, Deb Smith 404-414-1282

Other Creative Services

Other Creative Services

Catering – Sallie Ann Robinson 912 604 8210

Catering – Brad Klieve & Rebecca Watts 803 518 0665

Daufuskie Island Photography – Meg Prosser  (678) 628-2474

Interior Home Decorating – Karen Operdeck 843-247-2364

Ferry QRcode Ticket System

Paperless Ticket System

Notice from the Palmetto Breeze Transit Authority for those who are new to the island

“Palmetto Breeze in conjunction with Daufuskie Island Ferry offers a paperless Ferry Ticket System.

No more rushing to the outlets to buy tickets or trying to catch the Ferry without having the proper money.  With a QR code sticker on your ID card, you can now load money into your Palmetto Breeze Daufuskie ticket account in the comfort of your own home, 24 hours a day, seven days a week by computer or smart phone.  Please find the instructions at below the Palmetto Breeze icon

If you do not have a credit/debit card or access to the internet, you can load cash onto your card by visiting Palmetto Breeze at 25 Benton Field Road in Bluffton or School Grounds Coffee Shop on Daufuskie Island.

If you do not have a QRcode, please come to Palmetto Breeze between the hours of 8 am -5 pm, Monday through Friday to get your QRcode sticker and learn how to use the system.  If you have any questions, please call 843-757-5782 and press option # 1

Please note:  If you do not have a positive balance in your ticket account when your code is scanned, you will have to purchase full-priced tickets until your balance is positive.

Palmetto Breeze, 25 Benton Field Drive, Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 757-5782 –

Parking at Buckingham Landing


There are three parking areas:
1. General Parking
This area is the one closest to the dock and extends to the beginning of the Islander Parking area. Cars parked over-night in the General Parking Area must have a parking permit displayed on their dashboards.
2. Islander Parking
Islander parking is for cars that have Resident Parking Decals on their bumpers. Individuals are not assigned specific parking spaces, however, they are assured that they will always have a parking place. Generally, islander parking will be in the area which extends from the general parking area to the end of parking lot. The ferry staff will direct drivers to appropriate parking locations.
3. Free remote parking
Located at the Beaufort County Government Offices, 4819 Bluffton Parkway, Bluffton 29910. This area can be used by any cars which have a valid dated parking pass displayed on their dashboard. Valid parking passes for overnight parking can be obtained from the ferry staff.

General Parking and Remote Parking

Cars parked over-night in the General Parking area will be charged $10 per night or $100 per month. Overnight parking at the remote location is free for cars which have a valid parking pass displayed on their dashboard.

Islander Parking

The ferry staff will guide individuals with parking decals on their car bumpers to an appropriate parking location. Parking locations are assigned at the crew’s discretion based on availability. Residents are assured that they will always have a parking place, however, there are no specific spots assigned to anyone.

Securing a Parking Decal

Individuals with Palmetto Breeze ID cards can request to be placed on a waiting list to receive an Islander Parking Decal for their car’s bumper. Currently all Islander Parking Decals have been assigned.

Paying for Islander Parking

Islander Parking is $50 per month. Payment is due and payable on the 1st of the month and if not paid by the 15th of the month, a $15 late fee will be applied. Parking can be paid monthly or for any number of months. A Family and Friends ticket incentive of 2 tickets for each month paid in advance was offered until July 1, 2018. Payments received by July 1st for all of the remaining 6 months of this year ($300) will qualify for the ticket incentive. Payment by check made out to HPCCA can be mailed to Ferry Administsrative, 1080 Haig Point Road, DI 29915 or you can make a payment by credit card by calling the Daufuskie Island Ferry office at 843 940 7704.

Finding a Place to Park

Parking Permits are required for over-night parking. Any car which does not have a Resident Parking Decal on the bumper must have a parking permit on its dashboard.
Arriving vehicles will drive to the designated cargo drop-off area located under the small building where the crew will issue parking permits for overnight parking. Overnight parking permits must be displayed on the dashboard of every car being parked overnight unless there is a Resident Parking Decal on the car’s bumper.
The ferry staff will direct individuals to park in whatever location they determine is appropriate. There are no specific spots assigned to anyone. Parking locations are assigned at the staff’s discretion. Passengers going to Daufuskie are encouraged to wait patiently until passengers from Daufuskie have de-boarded and have left the parking area.

Daufuskie Island Ferry Passenger Guide

For a complete understanding of the ferry system including:

  • Ferry Services Overview
  • Photo ID Cards
  • Classification of Fares
  • Parking
  • Guidelines & Rules of Conduct
  • Cargo & Freight

contact Palmetto Breeze.
25 Benton Field Road, Bluffton, SC 29910
843-757-5782 – office
843-757-5783 – fax
Ticket Sales:  Monday – Friday  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM