Gullah Tours Purpose

Saving Gullah Homes and Cemeteries on Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island Gullah Heritage Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is working to help restore the old Gullah homes and look after Gullah cemeteries on Daufuskie Island.  

A percentage of the Gullah tour ticket is donated towards this purpose. 

Much love to all and many thanks for your support.



About Us


Sallie Ann Robinson

CEO - Daufuskie Island Gullah Heritage Society

Celebrity Chef, Author & Preservationist 

Sallie Ann Robinson is a sixth generation native, enjoying life on Daufuskie Island where she grew up learning the tough love way of life. The Gullah people were and still are proud people that lives life off the land from their gardens, the woods and the ocean which were skills they learned at a young age and did things they would never forget. There way of life was simple yet sometimes hard meeting their day-to-day needs, not their wants. They were taught manners and respect for all, something Sallie is proud to still use to this day. Her childhood gave her treasures of a lifetime, thanks to her ancestors and folks that are gone, but not forgotten. Her experience about Daufuskie is a lifetime of knowledge as a native. She has given tours on Daufuskie for many years sharing the history of her family and what life was like then and now.

Sallie is the author of Cooking the Gullah Way and Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way

Beautiful Historical Sites

When you visit Daufuskie Island you will see the beauty and feel how peaceful it is. You will get to visit sites like the Daufuskie Museum and Library, the Oyster Hall, the 141-year-old First Union African Baptist Church, the Mary Field School built by the natives in 1934 and where Pat Conroy taught Sallie Ann Robinson during his 1969/70's school year experience and the Mary Field Cemetery that is the largest Gullah graveyard dating back to the early 1800*s.

Daufuskie Island still has many of its original winding dirt roads that intertwine all over the Island with beautiful large live oak trees draped in moss. You will also get to see and learn much more about other Daufuskie Island history while on the tour.

Many of the Gullah homes are deteriorating because families were not able to keep up their property while living elsewhere due to work and some with health issues. There is no boat service after 4pm which makes it quite challenging to have a job outside the island. 

Booking the ferry and the tour

Contact us when you want to a tour.  Once that's confirmed, reserve your ferry tickets for the chosen dates of the tour.  Buy your ferry tickets online.

Then purchase your tour ticket online.  You will receive a confirmation email for your records.  Please print this and bring it with you as your proof of purchase to take the tour.

The ferry will bring you to the Melrose Dock 15 minutes prior to the start of your 3-hour tour.  

To catch the ferry, go to CC Haigh Jr Boat Landing (also known as the Pinckney Island Boat Landing) on Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.

You will need to arrive at least 30 minutes before your ferry departure. It will depart at 10:00 am for your 11:00  tour or 1:00 pm for your 2:00 tour.

Don't miss the ferry !!!

Gullah tour hours and days of operation

Tuesday through Saturday

11am-2pm and 2pm-5pm 

Closed Sunday and Monday

*****Ferry Cost Is Not A Part of This Tour*****

This tour meets at the Melrose Dock on Daufuskie Island 15 minutes before your tour time.  You will meet at 10:45 am for the 11:00 tour or you will meet at 1:45 pm for the 2:00 pm tour.

Please make sure you have with you the printed email that you received after the purchase of your ticket(s). 

After the 3 hour tour, you will be returned to Melrose Dock where you will take the ferry back to Bluffton, SC where you started.

Please note that food is not allowed on the tour bus but you may have water.

No smoking or vaping is allowed on the bus.

Donate to Support Our Work

Daufuskie Island Gullah Heritage Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is working to help restore the old Gullah homes, clean up and maintain Gullah cemeteries on Daufuskie Island. 

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