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Hilton Head Island: Daufuskie Island Ferry Roundtrip Ticket

1. Hilton Head Island: Daufuskie Island Ferry Roundtrip Ticket

Discover the beauty of Daufuskie Island with this ferry ticket from Hilton Head. Travel aboard a comfortable and well-maintained ship. Have 5 hours of free time to enjoy the island at your own pace before making the return journey.  Have the option of purchasing a golf cart rental at the ferry check-in desk to have waiting for you on Daufuskie to allow you to see more in less time. Depart from Broad Creek Marina on Hilton Head. Look for local wildlife like dolphins and seagulls as you sail. Arrive at Freeport Marina on Daufuskie Island where you can take a walk thorugh the historic district or along the waterfront, or go get a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, take the return ferry back to Broad Creek Marina on Hilton Head. 

Hilton Head Island: High-Flying Parasail Experience

2. Hilton Head Island: High-Flying Parasail Experience

Enjoy beautiful views of Daufuskie Island, Calibogue Sound, Harbour Town Lighthouse, Harbour Town Yacht Basin, South Beach Marina, and all the other breathtaking sights the Lowcountry has to offer. Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for Hilton Head Island’s famous bottlenose dolphins. Flyers get to take off and land on the flight deck of the 31-foot Ocean Pro parasail boat powered by a diesel Volvo Penta engine. Tandem and triple flights are available based on weather conditions. Flyers also have the option to stay dry or get wet — will you make a splash? Time on board is approximately one hour and 30 minutes with a full boat of 12 passengers. Each flight lasts between 8-10 minutes.

Hilton Head Island: Self-Drive Pontoon Boat Rental

3. Hilton Head Island: Self-Drive Pontoon Boat Rental

Rent a pontoon boat on your trip to Hilton Head Island and explore this luscious landscape at your own pace (note: somebody in the group must have prior boating experience). Choose the rental time that suits you and hop onboard a vessel with capacity for up to 10 passengers. You will receive professional orientation on navigating Hilton Head Island’s waterways, as well as recommendations for some superb lunch spots. Once you’re ready to go, sail through the beautiful waters of Skull Creek, pass Daufuskie Island, travel through Cooper River, or head up May River to check out the sand bar and Palmetto Bluff. Along the way, keep an eye out for Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and other native wildlife. You can also anchor up and take a dip in the refreshing waters, or stay on deck and soak up the glorious South Carolina sunshine.

Hilton Head: Guided Disappearing Island Tour by Mini Boat

4. Hilton Head: Guided Disappearing Island Tour by Mini Boat

Explore the waters off Hilton Head Island on a guided boat tour. Take charge as you drive the mini boat around the waters at speed, taking in the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Then, head to the remote Disappearing Island to search for starfish and shells. Head to the meeting point and begin your outdoor adventure with a short safety briefing and instructions on how to drive the boat. Then, experience Harbour Town and the Harbour Town Lighthouse from the water as you set out on your tour. Cruise past Daufuskie Island as you learn about the Hilton Head ecosystem and the wildlife that thrives here. Keep an eye out for herons, pelicans, dolphins, egrets, and more. With your experienced guide leading the way, take a trip to Disappearing Island, a remote vanishing island that's only exposed for a short amount of time each day. Get out of the boat and walk along the beach filled with shells, sand dollars, and starfish. Your boat cruise comes to an end with a return journey to the Palmetto Bay Marina. Be prepared to go fast as you make your way back to Hilton Head Island and see what your mini boat can do.

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What people are saying about Daufuskie Island

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 87 reviews

We rode the smaller boat over to Daufuski and the larger boat back. Both were enjoyable. The scenery is so pretty. Our guide Petey was very nice and pointed out places of interest such as famous peoples homes. Courtney, the one who handles checking you in, has the best personality. She is very friendly, helpful and smiles a lot. The whole crew seemed to have a great time working. I think they did an awesome job and we enjoyed the round trip boat ride.

We had a great time exploring Daufuskie Island in our golf cart. On the way back to the dock we spotted a tent and grill set up on the side of the road. It smelled great so we pulled over and ate lunch at the Jake Washington Grill. Jake’s son is now the chef and he cleared off a spot at his table for us while we enjoyed delicious ribs, beans and potato salad. We left feeling welcome and lucky to experience the true island experience.

Awesome experience. We have been 3 times now, each time better than the last. Our boat ride there and back were great. We have seen many dolphins on this tour. The beach at Daufuskie is very pretty. Ill be back in coup years! Cheers y’all!

Transportation was very clean and not crowded. Captain Pete was great as well as 1st mate John B. Very informative and engaging. We enjoyed our excursion very much.

Parasailing was a blast. The two host were awesome.