We encourage you to visit Melrose and explore the unique environs of Daufuskie Island. Below is a list of available resources you may want to consult in arranging your trip. The logistics of visiting Daufuskie Island are a bit complicated, but planning is just another part of the adventure.
The adventure begins with arranging for boat transportation to the island. Reservations are necessary and schedules and fees may change so visit the listed sites and always confirm. These are passenger ferries only, so please check on parking arrangements if you are traveling by automobile.
Lodging providers can provide lots of helpful information and several of them offer golf cart rentals for their guests. A golf cart is a necessity for navigating the island, which is approximately two and a half miles wide and five miles long. Melrose is an electric golf cart and Low Speed Electric Vehicle community. Property owners, their guests, and their renters must operate electric golf carts within Melrose. It is property owner's responsibility to notify their guests, renters, rental agency, and service providers of our policy.
There are several dining options on the island but you may want to bring some food items with you for breakfasts and snacks. There are no regular grocery stores on the island but some basic supplies are available from the general store at Freeport Marina and D'Fuskie's at the public dock.
So what do you do once you get here? – As much or as little as you like. You can try bike riding, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, kayaking, walking the miles of beach or relaxing in a beach chair and reading a book. Go out and explore the island and its historical sites, the museum and shops. Life here moves at a different pace and you soon will find yourself loving Daufuskie time.
Daufuskie Island Ferry Company embarks from Buckingham Landing near the bridge to Hilton Head Island and docks at Melrose Landing on Daufuskie Website www.daufuskieislandferry.com
Calibogue Cruises embarks from Broad Creek Marina on Hilton Head and docks at Freeport Marina on Daufuskie
May River Excursions offers water taxi and excursions and embarks from Bluffton and docks at various docks on Daufuskie
Phone Capt. Chris Shoemaker 843-304-2878
H2O Sports Harbour Town- water taxi, excursions
Daufuskie Transit – Stewart Yarborough Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 843-338- 2570
Call for information and reservations.
Electric Cart Rentals
Island Accommodations, LLC – Krissy Roberts Website www.daufuskieislandrentals.com
Daufuskie Rental Group Vacation Homes – Deborah Smith Website www.daufuskierentalgroup.com
Bell's at the Beach
Old Daufuskie Crab Company at Freeport Marina Website www.daufuskiefreeport.com
Lucy Bells Cafe – ( lunch only) located on Benjie’s Point Road
School Grounds Coffee 9am to 4pm at Maryfields School on School Road – Pam and Brian Cobb
Sally Ann Robinson, Gullah Chef Phone 912-604-8210 www.thegullahdiva.com
Ella Mae Jenkins Phone 843-842-1269 Deviled crab
Ernestine Smith Phone 843-842-3011 Low country food. Call for selections and to arrange delivery.
Ethel Mae Wiley Phone 843-842-1259 Deviled crab
Freeport Marina General Store – limited selections of basic items, snacks, beverages, and sundries
D'Fuskie's - Located at the public dock - fresh vegetable, fruit, sandwiches, beverages and sundries. Open Thursday through Monday 11AM to 7:30PM.
Wesley Campbell’s Saturday Shrimp and Produce Market Stand at Freddie Grant’s house on Old Haig Pt. Rd.
Cyber Valet Grocery Delivery Service Bluffton, SC – www.cybervaletgrocery.com
Groceries shopped and delivered to Daufuskie Island dock
The First Union African Baptist Church on School Road welcomes part time residents and visitors. Services are held on Sunday morning at 9:15 for Bible Study and 10:00 for Worship. Alternately, you can take the ferry to Hilton Head Island for services at churches there.
Daufuskie has a full-time staff of fire fighters and EMTs. Dial 911 if you have an emergency and they will respond. Our local EMTs will assess and stabilize the patient and arrange transportation to Hilton Head or Savannah for further treatment.