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Hop on Manitou Island Transit’s ferry out of Leland harbor for a gorgeous hour and a half ride to historic South Manitou Island. You’ll get four and a half hours to either explore the island on your own or choose from one of two tours. If you decide on the tour, you have two options. Either check out the rural schoolhouse and farm from the days when South Manitou was a thriving lakeside community or be awed by the 500 year old cedars and the eerie shoreline shipwreck. Keep in mind that there is nowhere to purchase food on the island, so pack a lunch from home or order a hearty Northshore from the harborside Village Cheese Shanty to eat once you land- if you can wait that long. For day trippers, the boat docks back in Leland by 5:30pm, but if you want to spend longer on the island, many visitors do camp overnight on both South and North Manitou.
Get more ideas for a special day on South Manitou here.
Call Maintou Transit at 231-256-9061 and look on their website for more details on rates, tours, and ferry schedules.