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Daufuskie Data and FAQ

How did Daufuskie get its name?

Although you may hear some say that Daufuskie is Gullah for “da fus key” (the first key in the sea island keys), according to Daufuskie historian Billie Burn, Daufuskie is an Indian name which comes from the Muscogee language (called Creeks in English) and means sharp or pointed (Fuskie) feather (Daufa). “Rather than saying Daufafuskie, it becomes easier to say ‘Daufuskie’ in a spoken conversation.” p. 3, An Island Named Daufuskie

How big is Daufuskie?

5 miles long by 2.7 miles wide. That’s about 500o acres with 3.5 miles of beachfront

How do you get there?

By passenger ferry or boat.

Residents, Property Owners and Resort Members:

Haig Point Members and visitors staying at Haig Point have access to private Haig Point Ferry which departs from Hilton Head

Bloody Point Members and visitors staying at Bloody Point have access to a private ferry which departs from Savannah .

Residents and Property Owners: Residents and property owners with a Palmetto Breeze pass can ride a public ferry (Calibogue Cruises) which departs from Broad Creek Marina on Hilton Head and arrives on Daufuskie at Freeport Marina  (click here for schedule and baggage restrictions).


From Hilton Head the following services are available

Calibogue Cruises departs from Broad Creek Marina
Harbour Town Adventures departs from Harbour Town
Daufuskie Discoveries water taxi
Island Time Charters
Palmetto Bay Water Sports Company
Live Oac Outdoor Adventure Company

From Savannah the following services are available
Daufuskie Discoveries water taxi
Bull River Marina

How many people call Daufuskie home?

About 300 full-time residents plus 600 homeowners who have second homes or vacation homes on the island

Where do the residents live?

There are several neighborhoods and private resorts on the island.
Haig Point is a private resort with 724 possible lots and 225 homes; approximately 150 residents live at Haig Point year round
Melrose on the Beach is a 730 acre residential resort publicly accessible, with 350 home sites, 50 finished homes, 37 guest cottages. 
Oak Ridge is a community with 14o lots (no homes currently)
Oak Ridge is an ocean front community with 55 home sites
Beachfield is 85 acres with 150 homesites 
Bloody Point is a 350 acre residential community with a public golf course and restaurant . 110 homesites with 15 completed homes. 
The Community Preservation District, commonly referred to as the Historic District has over 50 approved subdivisions with xxx homes.
Cedar Cove is 50 acres with 18 homesites each with private dock or community dock, one home completed
Webb Tract is 753 acres undeveloped

How many golf courses?

Three golf courses, 20 hole Rees Jones Signature course (private) at Haig Point,  18 hole Jack Nicklaus Signature course (public) at Melrose on the Beach, and Bloody Point 18 hole course (public) recently redesigned by the Love Design Group.

Where can I eat?

3 public restaurants, Marshside Mama’s, The Old Daufuskie Crab Company, The Eagle’s Nest Restaurant

At Haig Point, The Calibogue Club, The 30th Hole Grill, and the Beach Club

Small Selection of Grocery Items at Freeport Marina, County Dock, and Bloody Point Clubhouse

What Happens in An Emergency?

Fire House on the Island with Emergency Medical Services (911)

Are there any schools on the island?

One public elementary school with 2 teachers for grades 1-5. Middle School and High School age children take a ferry every day to Hilton Head and attend school there.

Is there a bank?

There are no banks, no ATM machines, no movie theaters, no drive through restaurants, no stop lights!

How can I learn more about the island?

Visit the Billie Burn Museum, read An Island Named Daufuskie, look around this website!, take a tour

Where can I stay?

Sandy Lane Condos have 32 three bedroom units with a community pool

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