Low Country Joe's Excursions

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  • 99 Main St

    Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

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  • 888-446-7812

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In many respects, visiting Daufuskie Island during the day proves to be a very transporting journey. For one, its only accessible by boat and that by itself smacks of adventure and anticipation. Cruising the visually stunning waterways for an hour continues to add to the excitement of reward for the tourist. But in most cases, people arrive to discover that as an outsider, their options are rather limited in terms of satisfying true discovery. Meaning? Typically one arrives to find that they have option to rent a golf cart and a map but are generally left to one's own devices. Which yes, appeals to everyone's internal sense of wanderlust. But to those that wish to go deeper with the place, to come away with up close understanding and knowledge, Daufuskie can leave one feeling a little left out and emptyhanded. In reality, the majority go home never knowing or caring that there was a difference to be found. But for those who have advance knowledge that the island has secrets to be revealed, it can be kind of a bummer. There are some advertised touring options for Daufuskie, but they are either above the budgets of most or are vaguely offered by existing companies who it might be argued, have less interest in unveiling the island's greater mysteries and are more motivated by...well just letting you figure it out. Sad but true. Which is why Low Country Joe's Excursions is the best possible elixir for the truth seeking romantics drawn to Daufuskie's shores. Not only does he have this very special stature on the island as keymaster to all of the storytelling rooms, he's willing to help the thrillseeker do what no one else does or would even conceive of doing - daring the island at night. During the bulk of the 2 hour "Gullah! Gullah! Ghost Tour!", between secret Gullah cemetery and decrepit haunted house stops, Low Country Joe does an amazing job at keeping one's senses and imagination primed for the next ghostly rendezvous by telling personal ghost stories along with those of his friends and other Gullah neighbors. Yet they're also more than dryly narrated. Joe is an extremely passionate storyteller and one feels like they're privy to an ongoing performance being conducted at times by a madman. It isn't unusual for Joe to become overwhelmed by the spiritual environs around him and guests are stunned to say the least when they find him suddenly speaking in "tongues" near hallowed Gullah sites and then performing Indian chants respective of those sacred spots. At certain points in discussing friends buried here and there it isn't strange to find him in tears. Joe is never content with just scratching the surface of his subject matter as he talks. He very much takes the onlooker inside of Daufuskie's spiritual living quarters. Whether they like it or not. But can he be blamed?Afterall, hundreds of Gullahs have lived and died on the island. Thousands of Indians were massacred on it's sands. Joe it would seem not only feels every bit of this spirit energy, but for his guests he becomes a full fledged living conduit! Quite simply? There is no more of a dedicated storyteller or thoughtsperson on the whole of Daufuskie. When one buys a ticket to this experience, one is granted access to not just an island, but to a story telling dimension. One full of spirits who for some reason cannot leave Daufuskie and have chosen Low Country Joe to be their spokesperson. On a final preview note, other than guests being flavored to so many unusual sights, sounds and mental scenes along the moss draped, winding paths of Joe's ghost tour, he also takes the hospitality level over the top by providing a light meal that includes fresh Daufuskie, Gullah prepped "debbil crab"(deviled crab), bread pudding and a beverage. This tour should also be considered a "Mature Audiences" experience with parental discretion advised. Which isn't to say its not for kids, but just like its for the "right" adults, it should be considered for the "right" children. The tour departs from Hilton Head, SC at the Daufuskie Island Embarkation Point at 5:30 and returns there at 9:30 each night. Parking in the lot is $3.00 paid at the parking lot and the tour itself is $95 all inclusive. The tour has a 25 person minimum and maximum and reservations are reserved by credit card only. There are certain discounts for Daufuskie Island residents so please inquire if you're a resident or staying on the island. Low Country Joe also operates a daily history tour of Daufuskie called "Daufuskie: The Lost Island" and look for its separate article soon.

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In many respects, visiting Daufuskie Island during the day proves to be a very transporting journey. For one, its only accessible by boat and that by itself smacks of adventure and anticipation. Cruising the visually stunning waterways for an hour continues to add to the excitement of reward for the tourist. But in most cases, people arrive to discover that as an outsider, their options are rather limited in terms of satisfying true discovery. Meaning? Typically one arrives to find that they have option to rent a golf cart and a map but are generally left to one's own devices. Which yes, appeals to everyone's internal sense of wanderlust. But to those that wish to go deeper with the place, to come away with up close understanding and knowledge, Daufuskie can leave one feeling a little left out and emptyhanded. In reality, the majority go home never knowing or caring that there was a difference to be found. But for those who have advance knowledge that the island has secrets to be revealed, it can be kind of a bummer. There are some advertised touring options for Daufuskie, but they are either above the budgets of most or are vaguely offered by existing companies who it might be argued, have less interest in unveiling the island's greater mysteries and are more motivated by...well just letting you figure it out. Sad but true. Which is why Low Country Joe's Excursions is the best possible elixir for the truth seeking romantics drawn to Daufuskie's shores. Not only does he have this very special stature on the island as keymaster to all of the storytelling rooms, he's willing to help the thrillseeker do what no one else does or would even conceive of doing - daring the island at night. During the bulk of the 2 hour "Gullah! Gullah! Ghost Tour!", between secret Gullah cemetery and decrepit haunted house stops, Low Country Joe does an amazing job at keeping one's senses and imagination primed for the next ghostly rendezvous by telling personal ghost stories along with those of his friends and other Gullah neighbors. Yet they're also more than dryly narrated. Joe is an extremely passionate storyteller and one feels like they're privy to an ongoing performance being conducted at times by a madman. It isn't unusual for Joe to become overwhelmed by the spiritual environs around him and guests are stunned to say the least when they find him suddenly speaking in "tongues" near hallowed Gullah sites and then performing Indian chants respective of those sacred spots. At certain points in discussing friends buried here and there it isn't strange to find him in tears. Joe is never content with just scratching the surface of his subject matter as he talks. He very much takes the onlooker inside of Daufuskie's spiritual living quarters. Whether they like it or not. But can he be blamed?Afterall, hundreds of Gullahs have lived and died on the island. Thousands of Indians were massacred on it's sands. Joe it would seem not only feels every bit of this spirit energy, but for his guests he becomes a full fledged living conduit! Quite simply? There is no more of a dedicated storyteller or thoughtsperson on the whole of Daufuskie. When one buys a ticket to this experience, one is granted access to not just an island, but to a story telling dimension. One full of spirits who for some reason cannot leave Daufuskie and have chosen Low Country Joe to be their spokesperson. On a final preview note, other than guests being flavored to so many unusual sights, sounds and mental scenes along the moss draped, winding paths of Joe's ghost tour, he also takes the hospitality level over the top by providing a light meal that includes fresh Daufuskie, Gullah prepped "debbil crab"(deviled crab), bread pudding and a beverage. This tour should also be considered a "Mature Audiences" experience with parental discretion advised. Which isn't to say its not for kids, but just like its for the "right" adults, it should be considered for the "right" children. The tour departs from Hilton Head, SC at the Daufuskie Island Embarkation Point at 5:30 and returns there at 9:30 each night. Parking in the lot is $3.00 paid at the parking lot and the tour itself is $95 all inclusive. The tour has a 25 person minimum and maximum and reservations are reserved by credit card only. There are certain discounts for Daufuskie Island residents so please inquire if you're a resident or staying on the island. Low Country Joe also operates a daily history tour of Daufuskie called "Daufuskie: The Lost Island" and look for its separate article soon.

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