Starting on August 1, Beaufort County established a contract with Daufuskie Island Ferry Service to provide public ferry transportation services for Daufuskie Island. This new service is providing regular ferry transportation between Palmetto Bay Marina on Hilton Head Island and Melrose Landing (also called Daufuskie Landing) on Daufuskie for residents and property owners as well as visitors and guests to Daufuskie.
The ferry departs promptly. Plan to arrive early in order to be aboard five minutes before departure. Island residents are welcome to bring aboard a reasonable amount of groceries and personal luggage. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Cargo is limited to carry on items only at 6:00 AM and 10:35 PM. For reservations and information please call 843-940-7704. Passengers with questions regarding the ferry schedule or cargo policy should visit the website at www.daufuskieislandferry.com.
Island visitors can purchase tickets to and from Daufuskie on the website or at any of the Ferry’s three ticket outlets listed below. Last-minute arrivals can purchase tickets on board the ferry via credit cards. No cash is accepted on the ferry. Tickets are $17.50 per ride, $35.00 round trip.
• On Hilton Head: Charter Office at Palmetto Bay Marina (843-785-7131)
• On Daufuskie: General Store at Marshside’s (843-785-4755)
• On Daufuskie: Island House at Melrose (843-341-2922)
Daufuskie Island property owners and residents, to include immediate household members of full-time residents and minor dependents of non-full-time residents, who have a photo identification (ID) card issued by the Palmetto Breeze Transit, qualify for discounted fares.
Eligibility for discounted fares is determined by the Beaufort County Asst. Administrator (843 255-2354) who will verify property ownership or legal residency and notify Palmetto Breeze. After verification, eligible recipients can pick up their photo identification (ID) cards at the Palmetto Breeze office in Bluffton (843-757-5782; 10 Benton Field Rd). The first ID card will be issued at no cost; replacements are $25. Passengers must present their ID card when using a discounted ticket. Minors age four or younger are not required to have an ID and may ride without a ticket.
There are four ID card levels (all fares one-way):
Orange: Senior Citizens, Students, or Disabled — $2.00
Pink: Full-time Island resident, 4% Homeowner — $3.00
Green: Full-time resident/renter, Non- Landowner — $4.00
Yellow: 6% Property Owner/Non- full-time Resident — $7.00
Information on the Daufuskie Island Ferry can be found online at www.daufuskieislandferry.com.