About Daufuskie Island, SC

Frequently Asked Questions

Planning a visit to Daufuskie Island? Here's everything you need to know about this Lowcountry gem. Learn about getting to Daufuskie, things to do on the island, and what to do once you arrive.


Q: Are pets allowed?

A: Yes! Daufuskie Island is a very pet friendly community but if you’re renting a condo or vacation home, check with the rental company on their pet policy. Pets are allowed at the outdoor areas of the island’s three restaurants. Because of the abundance of wildlife, please keep your pet on a leash for their safety when exploring the island however pets can run free on the beaches at any time.

Q: How long does it take to get there?

A: The quickest way to get to Daufuskie Island is to depart from Hilton Head Island’s Harbour Town Marina. A water taxi trip will take about 15 minutes. If you travel by tour with Enjoy Daufuskie, the trip will take about an hour, but it will include a narrated tour given by a local guide as you make your way to here.

Q: Can I go for just the day?

A: Yes, there are many options for daytrips to Daufuskie Island. After you schedule your transportation to the island you can plan a relaxing day on the beach, take in some kayaking, follow along on a guided tour of the island, or simply just wander around exploring.

Q: What do I need to know for a day trip?

A: Plan ahead! Make sure you have transportation to and from the Island, as well as transportation once you arrive. The primary form of transportation on the island is a golf cart, which you can rent through a local tour operator prior to arrival. If you are planning on staying for dinner, reservations are required at the Beach Club at Melrose, For something more casual, make a trip to Freeport Marina for burgers, sandwiches and picnic table dining.

Q: What type of wildlife is on the island?

A: Wildlife is everywhere on Daufuskie Island! American alligator, loggerhead sea turtles, right whales (the rarest of all large whales), snowy egret, and wood storks are just a sampling of the animals you can expect to see on your visit to the island.

Q: Can I live on Daufuskie Island?

A: Yes! While there are still few native islanders residing on Daufuskie Island, most of the permanent residents are former vacationers who fell in love with the relaxed pace, friendly vibe, and stunning scenery found here. There is a fire and rescue department, a few shops, and a small elementary school. Contact a Daufuskie Island realtor to start exploring your relocation options.

Q: How many people live permanently on the island?

A: Daufuskie Island has 300 permanent residents.

Q: How big is the island?

A: The island is 5 miles long and 2.5 miles wide.

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