What You Need to Know About the Dewees Island Ferry

Sometimes you need to step back and take a vacation from your vacation. Sure, the Isle of Palms beach has it all from activities to relaxing in the sun, but if you really want to get away from it all, you need to take the Dewees Island Ferry. This convenient boat ride takes guests from IOP to remote Dewees Island, where a unique wildlife habitat, pristine beaches, and plenty of exploring await you. Whether you enjoy fishing, birding, or learning about sea turtles, a trip to this lightly inhabited island is a nice escape to a quiet and tranquil corner of the South Carolina barrier islands. If you’re looking for more adventures on Isle of Palms and around the great city of Charleston, request our free Vacation Guide!

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Everything You Need to Know About the Dewees Island Ferry

The Dewees Island Ferry departs from Dewees Island Marina on the hour and leaves the island every half-hour. The ferry runs are on demand, so if you think you might be done exploring the island or getting ready to head over to this little slice of paradise, make sure you call the ferry 45 minutes ahead of time.

Ferry Schedule

Monday Through Thursday

  • Runs from Dewees Marina on IOP from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Runs from Dewees Island from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.


  • Runs from Dewees Marina on IOP from 6 a.m. to midnight
  • Runs from Dewees Island from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.


  • Runs from Dewees Marina on IOP from 7 a.m. to midnight
  • Runs from Dewees Island from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.


  • Runs from Dewees Marina on IOP from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Runs from Dewees Island from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Activities and Things to Do on Dewees Island

Sea Turtle Patrol

If you want to learn more about the sea turtle nesting and hatching process and wish to participate in the Dewees Sea Turtle Patrol, contact the Environmental Programs Office! Hatching season is from May to October and patrols cover certain portions of the beach in the morning.

Fishing and Shellfishing

Fishing, oyster harvesting, and crabbing are the main forms of outdoor recreation on the island. The Copahee Sound lies in between Dewees Island and the mainland, providing plenty of great spots to catch wahoo, spot tails, and many other fish along the coast.

Tip: Regardless of where you are, remember to get your saltwater fishing license before crabbing, oyster harvesting, or fishing.

Wildlife and Wildflower Viewing

The island is home to over 50 native wildflower species that provide natural cover, nectar, pollen, and seeds for local wildlife that benefit that delicate and small environment. Residents use these local species to prevent the introduction of toxic and invasive plants. It also creates a gorgeous myriad of colors around the entire island.

Stay at East Islands RentalsLands End vacation rental

After you return to Isle of Palms, get back to enjoying all of the excellent beach activities just steps from your East Islands Rentals property. Our luxury vacation homes feature the best amenities such as private pools and elevators. In addition to our premium beach rentals, our guest services help you plan your vacation by setting up babysitting services, renting golf carts, bikes, beach chairs, and much more!

Are you ready to start planning your relaxing beach trip? Don’t forget to request your free IOP Vacation Guide!