- 288 Ratings
Ferry Departing Buckingham Landing on Hilton Head
Enjoy a forty-five-minute ferry ride on the Cooper River from Hilton Head to Daufuskie Island. See the sights as you feel the breeze in your hair.
What You Will Do
- Head out on a guided ferry ride leaving Buckingham Landing and making its way to Hilton Head
- Check out the scenic sights along the way, while a professional points of various points of interest
- Hear stories about the area's rich history and more, all told by someone with lots of insider knowledge
- Guided ferry ride
Full refunds for cancellations made at least 24 hours in advance.
- 288 Ratings
Staff was friendly and accommodating, especially for those coming from afar. We didn’t know what to expect with customer service, or how much baggage handling would cost (it was a reasonable $20 for a carload of luggage and groceries) and Captain Gene was forthright and friendly. Be prepared to tip these gracious, kind and hardworking people.
Despite repeated requests for an invoice as charged to out credit card we have received no information on final cost or amount charged. We did not receive confirmation without a second call, that did not provide cost data.
Nice trip. Just wasn't aware that they charge $10 for parking. Found out after we were on the water.
Very pleasant and competent crew
i believe the tickets should be collected prior to boarding & what ever was being loaded on the boat should have been done earlier,prior to boarding. We enjoyed the trip. Thank You
- Ronald & Vanessa
The Captain and crew members were very professional and welcoming! On our next visit to Daufuskie Island, this is the only transport to use. Thank you!
Easy to reserve, beautiful clean ferry, on time, friendly staff , thank you!
Came prepared to ride English as depicted in the ads but found it was western and had to ask in advance for English
All was lovely and as expected. Our only disappointment was with the very rude service at the crab company restaurant. Service was totally lacking there.
Very prompt departure, very courteous personnel
On time, comfortable, friendly
Maps were confusing. The numbered spots on the road didn’t always match to the numbers on the maps.
The boarding experience could have been more helpful. We were first timers and clear instructions were not given. I wasn’t even sure we were on the correct ferry until well into the trip when they started asking if we had paid ahead of time.
We are bike riders and brought our bikes to get around. All the information that that we reviewed stated that most of the roads were unpaved with light sand. This was not the case at all. We do not own off road bikes with the larger tires, so traveling was very uncomfortable. We would have preferred that the information we reviewed state that the roads were sand, and frequently deep sand, with a recommendation that off road bikes / tires are highly recommended. We would have planned accordingly. Otherwise, we had a fine day.
Service was prompt and polite. This was our first time riding. Would ride again
The weather was a bit of a factor, but that could not be helped. The staff members of the ferry were very nice — especially Jake. Unfortunately, because we had our pup with us ( a VERY well- behaved min Schnauzer who sat in my lap the ENTIRE) time, we were made to feel like the 3rd class passengers on the Titanic. We had to sit in wet webbed chairs outside on the deck in the cold and misty rain all the way over. The lady captain (least friendly on the boat) pretended to wipe water off the arms of the two chairs we were to sit in and made some comment like “guess your seats will just be wet! Yes, they were — the entire day. My wife has fibromyalgia, and this type of weather is brutal for her. If only we could have sat just inside the heated cabin and held the pup! Yet, we paid the same fare as others, on the return trip, there was only 3 other people on the ferry beside us — yet even when the cart lady went to the boat man and begged, we were STILL made to sit outside. He was almost ugly to her when she asked couldn’t we sit inside — we did not hear what he said, but we saw his hand gestures and head shaking no. Thankfully, the sun came out and it was a little bit warmer, but still uncomfortable. The boat itself needed lots of work — definitely not the same boat as pictured on website. Where we sat outside on the aft was really needing a paint job and lots of rust. The diesel fumes were really bad as if injectors needed cleaning. The island itself was as good as it could be on a day that began with rain. The lady who met us to give us our golf cart was very kind. Our complaint here was that the other family who went across on the ferry with us had nice carts with the clear plastic flaps that came down. She put them on the two carts and said she would have to take us to get our cart. We met it on the way. We were shocked that it was an older dirty cart and there were NO flaps on it at all. We literally froze all day! Why were they given carts that could be enclosed and, again we paid the same amount and got lesser??? NOT REAL HAPPY ABOUT THIS! My wife literally suffered from the cold and damp all day. The cart lady’s info was helpful, but leaving the dock area was still a bit confusing. We did enjoy the School House Coffee and the Indigo place. The Iron art was also good. Lunch at Lucy Belles was great ( although cold outside). We also found the store at the Freeport dock ( General Store) to be very good. Yet it was not pointed out — we just happened to find it. Two observations we had — one that I hope will be helpful to you, and the other a general observation: 1. The audio tour ( described on line as a cd) was actually completely unhelpful to us. Because of the low volume available on the iPod, we could not hear it at all while riding. As much as we had looked forward to this, it turned out to be a wasted $10. Our suggestion is simple. Equip your iPods with a pair of earbuds. We could have each had one earbud in our ear and could have clearly heard the information. As it was, we could not hear and drive/ride at same time. 2. We were REAALY disappointed that the island has been so commercialized. The Gullah people were totally non-existent as were their crafts and handiwork. They are what Daufuski is known about. We see and meet and interact with more Gullah people on St Helena’s Island bear Beaufort and in Mt Pkeasant near Charleston than were visible on Daufuski. Yet, that is the REAL history of Daufuski. So sad that real estate investors have nearly run the Gullah folk off of “their” island. I hope that our comments have been helpful. You have a great opportunity with your service and your people to be a 5-star plus operation. Just a few tweets and a little more upkeep of the boat would be fantastic. We will return and will use your company again, but it will definitely be in better weather! Thanks!
Claire was awesome! Horses are beautiful and loved getting to see around the different properties. Got everything out of it I could have wanted :)
We were concerned about the cart running out of charge.
Mix of locals. Friendly and on time.
Dependable Service and Friendly Professional Staff
The ferry operators were friendly and nice. In January, the ferry is not crowded. I would say it was a typical ferry experience.