Questions & Answers

Questions & Answers

The ferry leaves from Buckingham Landing (at the foot of the Hilton Head Bridge on the Bluffton side).  Plan to get there at least 25 minutes before your departure time.

Buckingham Landing is used exclusively by the Daufuskie Island Ferry.  Just pull under the building with the green round roof and unload your luggage onto the drop-off platform.  When the ferry arrives, the crew will come up to the waiting area and help you with your luggage and direct you to parking.  Payment for overnight parking can be made via credit card at that time.  Passengers will receive a parking permit to place on their car’s dashboard when parking over night.

The Ferry concierge will assist you with overnight car parking.  Parking at Buckingham Landing is $10 per night.  Remote overnight parking is FREE at the Beaufort Government Center for cars with a valid parking permit displayed on their dashboards. Visitors  coming in more than one car are encouraged to drop off their luggage and park all but one car at our free remote parking location (The Beaufort County Government Center, 4819 Bluffton Parkway, Bluffton 29910).   Dashboard passes for parking at the remote location can be obtained from the ferry crew.  You can pay for your parking when you make your ferry reservations.

Well-mannered pets on leashes or in carriers are welcome but must travel on the outside deck. There is no additional fee to transport pets.

No more than two bags or one wagon may be carried on by each passenger at boarding call.  This includes items such as  a  duffel bag, pets on leash or in a carrier, cooler or golf clubs, which a passenger may carry on without assistance.  –  Free

There is a luggage handling service fee paid to the crew for handling items which the passenger does not carry on himself/herself.)

         For handling baggage filling up to 1/2 of a baggage cart  – $10 one way

         For handling baggage filling up to a full baggage cart – $20 one way

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

KAYAKS—per kayak  – $10 one way

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

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

Here are some tips to make your trip an easy and enjoyable experience:

  1. Pack sparingly – The island lifestyle is VERY casual.
  2. Tag each of your bags with your name and cellphone number.
  3. Make sure all your bags are closed or zippered to avoid spillage. Boxes to hold open bags such as grocery bags and satchels can be purchased at the dock.
  4. Plan to carry on all your valuables, medications and breakable items.
  5. Consider using a grocery shopping service to deliver your groceries to you at the dock:

    The Nauti Butler   –  732-284-7660

    The Cyber Valet Service – 843-505-8568

    Low Country Grocery Runner – 843-505-8568

  6. Any luggage or other items that you cannot carry on by yourself may be left on the loading platform and the crew will load them into the ferry’s baggage carts.  A luggage handling service charge (similar to the gratuity that you would give a valet for equal service) will be due and payable to the crew at the time that your items are loaded.

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

It is approximately 5 miles long and 2 miles wide.

Yes, the Freeport Marina has a convenience store that stocks most things you and your family might forget to bring.  Bug spray. Suntan Lotion. Water.  However, if you need be, you can phone any number of Hilton Head grocery stores and  give them your grocery list and they deliver your groceries to the ferry.  You could also use a grocery buy-and-deliver service such as:

To order, just call or email your grocery list.   There is usually a fee for the grocery shopping and delivery service.
The Nauti Butler   –  Phone:  732-284-7660
The Cyber Valet Service  – Phone : 843-505-8568

Transit time is 45 min.

Arrive at the landing 30 minutes early if you are staying OVERNIGHT on Daufuskie.

Arrive at the Visitor Center 45 minutes early if you are only visiting Daufuskie for the day.  The visitor center has free parking and shuttle service to the ferry and has a comfortable waiting area, gift shop, and refreshments.

Additional Travel Times: 

Shuttle bus ~ 5 min  |  Ferry ~ 45 min  |  Express ~ 20 mins  |  Custom Water Taxi ~ varies

Please observe the following general rules of conduct.

  • Passengers must wait in the designated waiting area until the boarding call is made.
  • Smoking is not allowed on any Daufuskie Island Ferry.
  • Firearms are not permitted on any Daufuskie Island Ferry.
  • Passengers must be appropriately dressed (shoes and shirts are required).
  • Eating is not permitted in the enclosed cabin. Drinking from glass containers is not allowed. Food and beverages are allowed on the aft open deck only.
  • Guide dogs or trained personal assistant animals can accompany their owners.  Passengers with personal pets must keep them in the designated area.
  • Riding Daufuskie Island Ferry is a privilege. Please behave politely and do not disturb others.
  • Please use headphones when listening to your radio / CD / MP3 player.
  • The Daufuskie Island Ferry service accepts credit cards, and printed tickets which can be purchased on-line. No exceptions will be made. If you have any questions about purchasing Daufuskie Island Ferry tickets, please call 843-940-7704.
  • Please make sure to take all belongings when leaving the ferry. If you find something that has been lost, please give it to the staff. Please call the Daufuskie Island Ferry office with lost and found inquiries at 843-940-7704. Daufuskie Island Ferry is not responsible for personal belongings.

Daufuskie Island Ferry Service information: 843-940-7704. 
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For more information on planning your trip to Daufuskie Island please visit the link below. If you still have questions we’d be happy to assist you and helping you plan your travel. Don’t hesitate to call us at 843.940.7704. Safe Travels. 

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Face Coverings Required

The Daufuskie Island Ferry is again running its full schedule.  Following NTSB’s 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.

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