Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island in the Bahamas reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests on Bahamian and Caribbean cruises. With so much to see and do on the island, beach goers can choose to be as active or as relaxed as they want. Read on for some of the activities you’ll find on this beautiful island.
Excursions and Adventures
Castaway Cay excursions and activities can be reserved in advanced or visit Marge’s Barges & Sea Charter Dock once on the island. The following port adventures are available:
- Extreme Getaway Package
- Watercraft ski Adventure
- Walking and Kayak Nature Adventure
- Castaway Cay Sandbar Beach Adventure
- Abaco Backcountry Fishing Adventure
- Glass Bottom Scenic Voyage
- The Wild Side Teen Adventure
- Abaco Rigid Hull Snorkeling Adventure – Adult Only Departure
Floats and snorkeling equipment can be reserved and pre-paid in advance or rented on the island at Flippers & Floats using your key to the world card. Tubes and floats are available to rent for $10.75 each. Snorkeling equipment costs $15.05 for a child set and $31.18 for an adult set. Rentals are good for the duration of your island visit.
There is a snorkeling lagoon located at the Family Beach where beginners can explore the Discover Trail. More experienced snorkelers can swim a bit further out in order to tackle the Explorer Trail. Guests may even find a few hidden Mickey’s below the surface!
Explore Castaway Cay via bike at the rental price of $10.75 per hour for ages 3 and up. Ride along the airstrip and turn off the road at one of 2 nature trails. Take a breather and park your bike. Then, climb the observation tower for a breathtaking view of the island. Helmets are also available.
Pelican Plunge is within swimming distance from the shore and is worth the short trip. The water play area and platform features 2,400 square feet of water slides and a big bucket that dumps water onto those beneath. Guests can get a good look at the excitement while staying dry at the Pelican Point Overlook.
The Grouper and In Da Shade Game Pavilions offer fun in the shade with complimentary foosball, ping-pong, pool table, shuffleboard, basketball, golf wiffleball, chess and checkerboards. Volleyball and tetherball are also nearby at the Sports Beach. Guests can splish and splash over at Spring-a-Leak water play area too.
Children ages 3 through 12 years old can explore Scuttle’s Cove, which offers supervised youth activities all day long. There is a water play area complete with pop jets, geysers and bubblers and even a giant whale-bone excavation site called Monstro’s Point.
Lunch is served on the island from 11:30am until 2:00pm at no additional cost. Cookies BBQ and Cookies Too BBQ offer an assortment of barbecued food items, fresh fruit and yummy desserts. Of course there is also an unlimited supply of free soft serve and soft drinks. There is plenty of covered seating located at Gumbo Limbo, Pop’s Props & Boat Repair, Dig In, Grouper in addition to outdoor seating. Watch out for the birds though or they might grab a fry or too when you’re not looking.
The Conched Out Bar, Sand Bar, Heads Up Bar, Castaway Air Bar and Olaf’s Summertime Freeze all offer frozen specialty drinks, cocktails and beer on Castaway Cay. Waiters will also deliver drinks directly to you so there is no reason to even leave the beach!
There are two family beaches on Disney’s Castaway Cay Island with plenty of chaise lounges, beach chairs and umbrellas. Lifeguards are abundant and are located on both the sand and in the water.
The adults only beach is located at the far end of the island at Serenity Bay and is reserved for guests 18 and older. There is a private bar and restrooms available.
There are a total of 20 cabanas to rent along Castaway Cay’s family beaches and the adult exclusive Serenity Bay Beach. Each cabana is 325 sq ft and includes a stocked refrigerator, fresh water shower, tables, chaise lounges and a hammock. Depending on the time of year, the cost to rent one of these private cabanas could cost as much as $599 for the first six guests. Up to 4 additional guests may be added at the rate of $53.75 per person. Reservations can be made 90 days prior to sailing and they do go quickly.
Merchandise is available for purchase on the island including beachwear, hats, souvenirs, collectible pins, suntan lotion and even beach toys. Shops include She Sells Sea Shells…and Everything Else!, Buy the Seashore, and Bahamian Retail. Purchases can even be delivered to the ship by Disney cruise staff.
Castaway Cay 5K
Disney Cruise Line offers a free 5K run on their private island that includes a bib number and plastic medal for runners ages 10 and up. Participants meet in the Tube Lounge on Deck 4 at 8am are among some of the first guests to disembark the ship at 8:30am. The walk to the starting line is approximately a mile long and parents are able to drop their children off at Scuttle’s Cove along the way. We secured five beach chairs in a prime spot at the second family beach by dropping our towels off before the start of the race.
The 3.1 mile long run begins at the bike rental stand (R) and follows the paved bike trail to the Serenity Bay Tram Stop (19) and then loops back around to finish at the bike stand. There is a water station that runners will pass by a total of 4 times. Participants are given a plastic cup and asked to hold onto it for the duration of the race in order to cut down on waste and mess. Be sure to stay hydrated since it can be extremely hot on the island by the time the 5k starts at 9am. If you don’t plan on heading back to the ship afterwards then I suggest you pack a small snack or breakfast. There is no food available on the island until lunch begins at 11:30am. Two hours is a long time not to eat after running, although I did manage to sneak a bag of chips and soft serve to hold me over.
There is a tram that makes frequent stops at various locations throughout Castaway Cay. If you’re not up to walking then consider taking a tram to where you want to go, the wait is usually not very long at all. You may really appreciate the ride back to the ship after a long day in the sun and sand!
Character Meet & Greets
Disney characters are available to meet throughout the day at the Post Office, Gazebo and gangway along with other possible locations on the island.