Make Ferry Reservations2021-07-17T21:12:08-04:00


Single-Day Visitors

Day-only visitors to Daufuskie Island should go directly to the FERRY VISITORS CENTER.
Daytime parking is FREE with free shuttle to ferry.
Suite 102A, 1536 Fording Island Road (Hwy 278)
Bluffton, 29926

Over-Night Visitors

Staying overnight?  Go directly to the BUCKINGHAM LANDING
to off-load you luggage and obtain your overnight(s) parking pass.
55 Fording Island Road Exd,
Hilton Head/Bluffton, 29926

Overnight parking in all ferry locations (Visitor Center, Fruit Stand. Gas Station, the Landing) is $10/night/car.

Face Coverings Required

The Daufuskie Island Ferry is again running its full schedule.  Following SC’s DHEC requirements regarding the COVID- 19 virus, all ferry passengers must wear face coverings in accordance with the directives below.  Please be aware that when you purchase your ferry ticket you are entering a contractual agreement with the Daufuskie Island Ferry to follow its policies.

  • All passengers are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth throughout the entire passage, including while loading/unloading luggage and cargo, while in the waiting areas, on the docks and while on board the ferry inside the cabin or on open decks.
  • Small children who are not able to maintain a face covering are exempt from this requirement.  Face covering guidance is provided on  the CDC website.
  • The application of hand sanitizer prior to boarding will continue as consistent with past practice.

Daufuskie Island Ferry Price List

The Daufuskie Island Ferry Company reserves the right to change schedules, update pricing, and  substitute an appropriate vessel as required by the regular maintenance schedule for the primary ferries.

TICKETS   (Children under 7 years of age travel for free.)

Same-Day Round-Trip (same day—initiating from the main land)  –  $45 per person

Multi-Day Round-Trip (for passengers staying overnight on Daufuskie) – $55 per person

Island Hopper Round-Trip (same day—initiating from Daufuskie) – $20 per person

One-way (In either direction) – $30 per person

Water Taxi Service (Does not include parking nor baggage handling service fee)

For up to 5 passengers  – $250 one way
Each additional passenger over 5 people – $40 one way

PARKING
NOTE: All cars parked in any ferry parking area must have a valid parking permit displayed on their mirror or dashboard. Parking permits can be obtained from the concierge at the Visitor Center or from a ferry team member at the Landing.

DAYTIME parking at the Visitor Center with free shuttle bus –  Free

Parking at Buckingham Landing is reserved for passengers spending the night(s) on Daufuskie.

OVERNIGHT parking in any ferry parking area including the visitor center, Buckingham Landing, the fruit stand and the service station  – $10 per night per car (not to exceed $100 per month)

PACKING & LUGGAGE POLICY

Packing Policy

All items must be packed in closed containers, suitcases or zippered bags. Open bags such as grocery bags will be refused.

The ferry company has the right to refuse any item which could hamper the safe operation of the ferry including unusually large items or items with sharp edges.

Coolers or totes with capacities larger than 45-quarts will be refused.

Consolidating small pieces into one suitcase/container is recommended since luggage tickets are required for transporting all pieces of luggage after the first which is free.

Be prepared to pay the crew in cash for their luggage handling services ($10 for loading up to half a cart and $20 for loading up to a full cart).

Canoes, kayaks, bikes and other oversized items may be transported at published rates.

Since luggage is not guaranteed to ship on the same boat with the passenger due to the payload limitations of the individual ferries, it is recommended that passengers carry their essentials with them, such as medications or necessary food, in case they are needed.

If luggage must be shipped on a different boat, it will come on the next available departure which could be the following morning.

Luggage Policy

  • Each piece of luggage must have at least one luggage ticket.
  • A complimentary luggage ticket for one piece of luggage weighing less than 50 pounds is provided to each passenger.
  • Luggage tickets ($10 each) must be purchased for each additional piece of luggage.
  •  Heavy pieces of luggage weighing more than 50 pounds will require more than one luggage ticket.
  • Luggage tickets can be purchased online or from the ferry agent when checking in.
  • Be prepared to pay the crew in cash for their luggage handling services at the time they load your luggage in to the baggage carts ($10 for loading up to half a cart and $20 for loading up to a full cart).  NOTE:  This is a fee for services provided and should not be confused with luggage tickets.
  • Each passenger may carry on one piece of luggage (suitcase, duffle bag, standard folding wagon, etc.).

BICYCLES—per seat  (Tandem bicycles are charged for two seats.) – $8 one way

KAYAKS—per kayak  – $10 one way

UNACCOMPANIED PARCELS 
There is no charge for transporting medications.  To transport other parcels is $20 one way.

FREIGHT
This includes furniture, appliances, tools, landscape and building materials, etc.

         Up to 1/2 of a baggage cart of freight  – $20 one way

         More than half and up to a full baggage cart of freight   –  $40 one way

ATTENTION VISITORS:

  • Each passenger may only carry on one piece of luggage which must not weigh more than 50 pounds (suitcase, rolling cooler, standard folding wagon, etc).
  • All luggage MUST be in closed containers (suitcases, zipped duffle bags, back packs).
  • Specific items which will be not be accepted include open bags such as grocery bags and coolers or totes larger than the 48-quart size.
  • Each passenger will receive a complimentary luggage ticket for one piece of luggage weighing less than 50 pounds.  Additional luggage tickets can be purchased for $10 each.
  • EVERY piece of luggage, whether being carried on or checked, must have a luggage ticket attached.
  • One luggage ticket is required for each piece weighing less than 50 pounds; two tickets are required for a luggage piece weighing from 50 pounds to 100 pounds, etc.  Luggage tickets can be purchased from the crew at check-in – $10 each.

PLEASE NOTE:  Luggage tickets are not to be confused with the luggage handling service fee that you pay in cash to the crew for loading your luggage into the baggage carts.

Please CLICK HERE for more details about our Luggage and Packing policies.

NOTE TO ISLAND RESIDENTS:  This luggage policy does not pertain to Palmetto Breeze passengers with orange, pink or green ID cards. If you have a Palmetto Breeze ID card with a QRcode sticker, click here to make your QRcode reservations.

DAILY FERRY SCHEDULE

The ferry runs the same schedule everyday except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Days. On these holidays, the ferry only runs the 7AM round-trip and the 4PM round-trip.

Everyday Schedule

  • To Daufuskie:  7 AM, 10 AM, 1  PM and 4 PM (and on Fridays only – 9 PM)
  • From Daufuskie:  8:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM (and on Fridays only – 10:15 PM)

There are two shuttles from the Visitor Center to Buckingham Landing per ferry departure except on weekends when there is no shuttle service for the 7 AM morning departure.  Shuttles to the landing leave the Visitor Center 30 minutes and 10 minutes before each ferry’s departure time.  Passengers departing on the 7AM on Saturday or Sunday are authorized to park for free at Buckingham Landing.

The Daufuskie Island Ferry Company reserves the right to change schedules, update pricing, and  substitute an appropriate vessel as required by the regular maintenance schedule for the primary ferries.

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MAKE RESERVATIONS

To make a ROUND-TRIP reservation (single-day visit $45.00 or multi-day visit $55.00), click here or click the ROUND-TRIP button below.

To make a ONE-WAY reservation to Daufuskie ($30.00), click here.

To make a ONE-WAY reservation from Daufuskie ($30.00), click here.

NOTE TO ISLAND RESIDENTS:   If you have a Palmetto Breeze ID card with a QRcode sticker, click here to make your QRcode reservations.

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Important Travel Tips

  1. If you are just coming for the day,  round-trip reservations are $45 per person – children 6 years old and younger travel for free.
  2. If you are going to spend one or more nights on Daufuskie, round-trip reservations are $55 per person – children 6 years old and younger travel for free.
  3. One-way reservations to or from Daufuskie are $30 per person.
  4. If you are staying a few nights, be sure to have land transportation waiting to take you and your luggage to your vacation residence.
  5. Daytime parking is free at the Visitor Center.
  6. Over-night parking at the visitor center, fruit stand or service station is $10 per night not to exceed $100 per month.  You will be able to pay for parking when you book your reservation or when you arrive at the ferry.
  7. Over-night parking at the Beaufort County Government Center (4819 Bluffton Parkway, Bluffton 29910) is free. Cars must have a valid, dated parking pass displayed on their dashboard.  You can get validated parking passes at the ferry when you unload your luggage.

Packing and Luggage

Please CLICK HERE for details about our Luggage and Packing policies.   Here are some tips to make your trip an easy and enjoyable experience:

  1. Pack as if traveling by plane – The island lifestyle is VERY casual.
  2. Make sure all your bags are closed or zippered to avoid spillage.
  3. Coolers greater than 48 quart capacity and open bags such as grocery bags will NOT be accepted.
  4. One piece of luggage  may be carried on by each passenger.
  5. Each piece of luggage must have at least one luggage ticket.
  6. A complimentary luggage ticket for one piece of luggage weighing less than 50 pounds is provided to each passenger.
  7. Luggage tickets ($10 each) must be purchased for each additional piece of luggage.
  8.  Heavy pieces of luggage weighing more than 50 pounds may require more than one luggage ticket.
  9. Be prepared to pay the crew in cash for their luggage handling services at the time they load your luggage in to the baggage carts.  NOTE:  This is a fee for services provided and should not be confused with luggage tickets.
  10. Plan to keep your valuables, and medications with you.
  11. Consider using a grocery shopping service to deliver your groceries to you at the dock or order from the grocery store on Daufuskie.
    D’Fusky Store on Daufuskie  Phone: 843-540-1570
    Daufuskie Grocery Shopping Service  Phone: 843-505-8568

Transportation on Daufuskie

Whether you are just spending the day or staying longer, you will need land transportation.  Golf carts are the transportation of choice although some hardy cyclists rent bicycles.  If you are staying over night, you need to arrange transportation from the dock to your rental unit.  Some rental properties will have a golf cart for you when you get there.   When a property does not include a cart, you may need to rent one for your entire stay.   Any one of our preferred golf carts vendors can have a cart waiting for you when you step off the boat.

Daufuskie Carts (electric carts) – 843-997-0062

Island Carts (gas carts) – 843-505-3937

Mungin Creek (gas carts) – 912-844-0222

Tour Daufuskie (gas carts) – 843-842-9449

Fuskie Bikes (electric bicycle rentals) – 843-849-9000

Daufuskie Transit (transportation between homes & dock) – 843-338-2570

Freddy’s Transport and Taxi Service – 843- 368-4238