Try something completely different, an experience you’ll remember for a long time. Explore Daufuskie Island by golf cart.
To get to Daufuskie, you’ll need a boat. There is no bridge. Your options include taking a passenger ferry, operated by Enjoy Daufuskie or Vagabond Cruises; sign-up for a private charter aboard a six-passenger boat; or rent a boat to “drive” over on your own. Once you arrive on Daufuskie, golf carts are available for rent at Freeport Marina.
Make sure you ask about making arrangements for a cart when you make your transportation reservations because the supply of carts is limited.
To enhance your exploration, a self-guided tour cd is available for purchase at Freeport’s General Store (the carts come equipped with a cd player). Provided by the Daufuskie Lowcountry Museum, the narrative includes many wonderful stories about the Island’s history and culture.
You can rent carts by the half-day or full day (about six hours). You’ll probably want to rent for at least half a day to give you plenty of time to explore all that the Island has to offer, from the beautiful beaches to historic Gullah sites and two restaurants, the Old Daufuskie Crab Company at Freeport Marina and Marshside Mama’s at the County Dock.
Just like renting a car, you must have a valid drivers license. You will be provided with a detailed map of the Island’s roads and significant landmarks.
Be aware that this island is undeveloped and sparsely populated. It feels almost deserted (there are less than 300 full-time residents). It is mostly woods and the sites of interest are very spread out. There are a few paved roads, but you’ll be mostly traveling on sandy lanes.
Remember that cars and trucks (yes, there are some) go much faster than a golf cart and have the right of way, so you’ll need to pull over to let them pass. If you need to stop to look at the map, don’t stop in the middle of the road. There are many blind curves. And just like with cars, do not let your young ones drive, and do not drink and drive. There are police on the Island.
For more information, contact:
Dolphin Seafari (843-785-2345)
Enjoy Daufuskie (843) 342-8687
Live Oac (888-254-8362)
Outside Hilton Head (800-686-6996)
Sky Pirate Watersports (843-842-2566)
Vagabond Cruises (843-363-9026)