Daufuskie Island is about 5 miles in length and 2.5 miles wide and is located on nautical mile west of Hilton Head Island, SC. In addition to the Atlantic Ocean, Daufuskie Island is bordered by the Calibogue Sound and the Cooper River. There are over four hundred full time residents call Daufuskie Island home, while many others own second homes or vacation homes on the island.
Daufuskie Island enjoys a rich history that dates back to before the Revolutionary War. During the Yemassee War, fought between 1715-1717, the island was the site of the famous battle, “the Daufuskie Fight.” Until recent years, the island has been home to a significant population of native Gullah and Geechee inhabitants, descendants of freed slaves who settled on the island after the Cival War. Pat Conroy recounted his teaching experiences on the island (fictionalized as Yamacraw Island) in his 1972 work, The Water is Wide.
Today, Daufuskie Island offers residents and visitors alike a rich and unique blend of history and modern conveniences, while still holding on to echoes from the past. The island is accessible only by boat or ferry service. Many of the roads remain unpaved. One of the Island’s oldest buildings, First Union African Baptist Church, is still in use as a place for worship. The Haig Point and Bloody Point lighthouses, built in the late 1800’s, are historic landmarks and popular tourist sites, as are the Tabby Ruins located in the Haig Point Community
Daufuskie Island is now divided into five sections, geographically. In the northeast section is the Haig Point Club. Haig Point is a private, member-owned community with more than 225 residences and about 150 permanent residents. Amenities at Haig Point include a Rees Jones championship golf course, access via a private Ferry fleet, a tennis club complex, an equestrian center, casual and fine dining, and a beach club.
South of Haig Point is the Melrose Community. This resort area was previously a private vacation club well-known for tennis and golf. The resort is now open to the public.
On the southeastern side of the island lies Oakridge, an oceanfront residential community, and Bloody Point. Oakridge is comprised of several oceanfront homes as well as a number of tracts of land available for custom building. Bloody Point is a private residential community which shares amenities with Melrose. Amenities include a beachfront hotel and cottages, a pool, golf and tennis.
The western part of the island is comprised of unincorporated land and private residences. This area is generally referred to as the Historic District and is the home of individuals living in diverse accommodations, everything from turn of the century “Historic Register” cottages to waterfront mansions.
Access to Daufuskie is by regular Ferry service, either Haig Point’s private Ferry system available to Haig Point members and guests, or the Daufuskie Island Resort Ferry which is available to resort guests, members of the club, the public, and island residents. There are several water taxis that service the island and which can provide passengers access between Daufuskie Island and Hilton Head Island in as little as 5 minutes.
Nearby airports are Hilton Head International and Savannah International.