For many cruisers, the best part of a Disney Cruise is the opportunity to spend the day at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, in the Bahamas. The island is comprised of family and adult locations to meet everyone’s beach desires.
Disney takes all of the fun and activities on the ship and moves them out to the island, including the kid’s clubs activities and dining. You can take the day to relax on the beach or participate in a variety of shore excursions that include activities that range from laid back fishing to more active excursions such as water skiing. As with any excursion, fees are associated, but the options are wide-ranging.
Some of our favorite activities:
Bike rentals are a great way to explore the island, including the abandoned runway. The hourly rental rate is $10.75/bike and includes a helmet. Child seats are available for the little ones. Generally, you do not need to reserve in advance.
Snorkel Lagoon Equipment Rental is a fun activity for guests 5 years of age and up. Little hidden Disney features are located in the lagoon. I highly recommend doing this activity early in the morning while the water is clear. Once the water is churned up with swimmers, it isn’t quite as easy to see the marine life.
Parasailing is an excellent way to get a birds-eye view of the island. Kids can also ride tandem with an adult. This is an extremely popular activity, so I encourage you to book as early as possible. The cost is $102.50/person. Since they do not allow non-paying guests on the boat, you can run up to the front of the cruise ship for great photo opportunities of the parasailers.
The Wild Side Teen Adventure is a fun way for your teen (14-17 yrs of age) to do some biking, snorkeling and taking a high-speed boat ride with their new friends. It is a 4-hour adventure for $49.00 and still leaves time for them to enjoy family time on the island once they return from a busy excursion. This is another very popular activity, so booking early is encouraged.
If you are looking for a fun souvenir of your Disney Cruise vacation, you can mail a postcard from the post office on the island. You can purchase a special Bahamian postage stamp made specifically for Disney Cruise Line and get a Castaway Cay postmark. But you should be patient since it takes quite some time before it will arrive to your home.
The entire list of excursions is available on the Disney Cruise Line website under Cruises and Destinations, then choose Port Adventures.
A little trivia about Castaway Cay. The name prior to Disney purchasing the lease in 1997 was Gorda Cay. It is also where the movie Splash, with Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah, filmed the beach scene where Hanks first saw Hannah’s character.