In the fall 0f 2016 Sallie Ann Robinson, a sixth generation native of Daufuskie Island, teamed up with Tour Daufuskie to debut the “Sallie Ann Native Gullah Tour,” a 2.5-hour tour that shows guests the bridgeless Daufuskie Island through her eyes. In addition to visiting the historic sites, the tour will also feature stories from Robinson’s life in this peaceful place flooded with natural beauty and pristine beaches.
“Returning back home on my native land is a dream come true,” Robinson said. “My love for Daufuskie runs deep in my soul.”
This isn’t the first time Robinson has given tours of Daufuskie Island, which is a 45-minute boat ride away from Hilton Head’s beautiful beaches, but will be the first weekly-offered Gullah tour led by a native professional guide on the island with Tour Daufuskie. Robinson has led tours on and off for about 15 years, but it wasn’t until 2016 that she and Tour Daufuskie started working together.
An authority of Gullah culture and cuisine, Robinson is widely acclaimed Gullah chef who has written two cookbooks and been featured in programs on QVC, The Food Network and The Travel Channel. When she was a child, she was a student of the famed local author Pat Conroy, who created the character Ethel after her in his critically-acclaimed novel “The Water is Wide.” Don’t be surprised if the tour stops by the Mary Fields School, where Conroy taught in 1968, because Robinson has a lot of insight on what it was like growing up on the island. With an unparalleled historic and cultural knowledge of Daufuskie, she has much to offer on this new tour.
The 2.5-hour Sallie Ann Native Gullah Tour is offered four times a week—Tuesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.—for $65 per person (ride to Daufuskie not included). With a round trip semi-private boat ride, the cost is $110 per person. These intimate tours have limited spaces available and reservations are required. To book a tour, contact Tour Daufuskie at (843) 842-9449 or firstname.lastname@example.org.