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Castaway Cay, Disney's Private Island in the Bahamas

Castaway Cay, Disney's Private Island

Castaway Cay, Disney's Private Island
Castaway Cay, Disney's Private Island
Welcome to Disney's private-island retreat. A beautiful, breathtaking Bahamian oasis reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line. For kids and teens, it's Never Land. For grown ups, it's Shangri-La. As you step off the ship directly into paradise at Disney's Castaway Cay, you'll know you've arrived in a magical place.

At Castaway Cay, the ship docks right on the island. No tendering. No waiting. Just walk right off the ship. With paved walkways and tram service to different parts of the island, guests of any age, whether in a stroller or wheelchair can conveniently make their way around this island paradise and into an expansive oasis of serenity and play

Disney Cruise Line's Castaway CayYou can choose from a variety of activities at Castaway Cay to add to your Disney Cruise Line vacation fun! Enjoy clear, turquoise waters or your choice of separate white-sand beaches for adults, families and kids. Try a sumptuous barbecue lunch. This 1,000-acre Bahamian island offers sports activities including swimming, biking, volleyball and tetherball. Hop on a bike and live out your wildest Robinson Crusoe fantasies exploring this secluded paradise.

Let Disney pamper you in rare style in one of their open-air massage cabanas. Join us for a Bahamian barbecue, or kick back with your favorite cocktail. In true Disney fashion, this daylong island experience is one you'll never forget.

About Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay was once Gorda Cay before Disney acquired it for Disney Cruise Line. The island is located 225 nautical miles from Disney's year-round home port of Port Canaveral, Florida, and is a pristine island located in the string of Bahamian islands named the Abacos. Stretching 3.1 miles long and 2.2 miles wide, Disney has developed less than 10 percent of the island, allowing the natural beauty to surround guests at every turn.

Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Cay Facilities After they acquired Gorda Cay, Disney then worked its magic built all the buildings and facilities on the island including bars, restaurants, restrooms a post office and a private dock for the Disney Cruise Line ships. Again, this is the only cruise line private island where a ship can dock directly on the island, eliminating the need for tenders to ferry guests between the island and the ship. You are free to come and go as you wish.

Facilities on Castaway Cay

A tropical feast, cooked fresh at the island, awaits "castaways." The "all-you-care-to-eat buffet" at Cookie's BBQ includes barbecued chicken, hickory-smoked ribs, fire-roasted hamburgers, corn-on-the-cob, and a selection of salads.

Guests who want to take home a memory from their visit can shop at She Sells Sea Shells, the "hot spot" for exclusive Castaway Cay souvenirs. Castaway Cay also has its own post office, where guests can purchase Disney Cruise Line Bahamian stamps and receive a Castaway Cay postmark.

Castaway Cay Facilities include:

  • Serenity Bay
  • Family Beach
  • Teen Beach
  • Castaway Cay Post Office
  • Head's Up Bar
  • Cookies' BBQ
  • Castaway Air BBQ
  • Scuttles Cove
  • Mt. Rustmore
Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Cay Facilities

Castaway Cay Activities

Whether lounging on a sun-drenched beach, participating in a variety of water sports or indulging in the ultimate island barbecue, Castaway Cay offers an authentic tropical experience that every member of the family thinks is just for them.


  • Serenity Cay - A secluded, mile-long "quiet" beach on the island's north side.
  • Light lunch grilled fresh; a tropical fruit and beverage bar.
  • Open-air massages in private beachside cabanas overlooking the sea.

Children and Teens
  • Programs focused on discovering and exploring the island's natural beauty and environment.
  • A whale dig site where kids uncover sharks' teeth, fossilized shells, and other "treasures."
  • A water-play structure in the lagoon located off the family beach.
  • Games, sports, and unique island adventures specifically for teens.

  • A 12-acre snorkeling adventure with artifacts and tropical fish.
  • Sailboats, cycles, kayaks, paddle boats, rafts, and parasailing.
  • Nature areas to bike, hike, and explore.
  • Beach games and island-style music.

Castaway Cay Shore Excursions and Water Sports

Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Cay Boating Fun Disney Cruise Line offers a number of optional activities that are available for purchase while you're on Castaway Cay.

Glass Bottom Boat Scenic Voyage (1.5 hours) It's a clearly superior journey! Your window to the world under the sea is aboard a 46-foot glass-bottomed trawler, which will take you on a 1-hour narrated eco tour. The boat's expansive underwater windows provide a commanding view of the barrier reefs that protect Castaway Cay--see how many different types of fish, sea creatures and corals you can spot from your unique vantage point. After the journey, you'll return to the Castaway Cay Marina with plenty of "fish stories" to share!

Seahorse Catamaran Snorkel Adventure (2 - 2.5 hours) Enjoy sailing aboard a 63-foot catamaran that will whisk you away to a prime snorkeling location amid the colorful reefs that encircle Castaway Cay. You'll be provided with snorkeling gear and a brief orientation, and then it's time to explore an amazing underwater world teeming with fascinating aquatic plants and animals. After snorkeling, complimentary snacks and beverages will be served before the return trip to Castaway Cay.

Snorkel Lagoon Equipment Rental (All day) Discover species and creatures of the ocean in our environmentally friendly snorkel lagoon. Pick up your gear at Gil's Fins and Boats and make your way to the educational area, where you can learn more about our 12-acre snorkel lagoon. In the water, you can follow the Discover Trail (for beginners) or the Explorer Trail (for more advanced swimmers). Your all-day equipment rental allows you to enter and exit the water as many times as you like. It's a great first-time snorkel experience. Snorkel, mask, fins and vest included.

Float/Tube Rentals (All Day) Bob in the gently rolling waves on a float or inner tube, available for rent by the day.

Parasailing (45 minutes, airborne 5-7 minutes) Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Cay Parasailing View Castaway Cay from a whole new perspective as you soar approximately 600-1,000 feet in the air! This aerial adventure is approximately 45 minutes total, with 7-9 minutes airborne.

Banana Boat Ride (17-20 minutes) Get ready to peel out on a wild ride on a large inflatable boat that looks like a banana! You'll skim the sparkling Caribbean waters for approximately 17 minutes while the banana boat is pulled along by a jet ski.

Bicycle Rental (1 hour) Take a 2-wheeled tour of Disney's private island. Bikes are available for rent by the hour, and there are child seats available for the little ones. Children must be able to ride a bike and are required to wear helmets.

Castaway Cay Getaway Package Get all the fun under the sun for one convenient rate! Package includes snorkel equipment and float rental for the entire day, plus a 1-hour bicycle rental.

The Wild Side (4 hours) It's time to venture into uncharted territory as you explore the wild side of the island. Snorkeling, biking, and sea kayaking are all part of this 4-hour adventure, exclusively for teens.

Boat Rental A variety of boats are available to rent on Castaway Cay at Gil's Fins and Boats. This includes 2- and 4-seater Paddle Boats; 1- and 2-seater Sea Kayaks; Aqua Fins; Aqua Trikes; and, Hobie Cats.

Castaway Cay Bottom Fishing (3 hours)Cast out your line and reel in the fun on this bottom-fishing excursion into the calm, clear waters of the Abaco Islands. You and up to five other fishing enthusiasts* drop anchor and hone your angling abilities while enjoying the beauty of this outdoor sport. Fishing tackle, bait, soda and water are provided, so you'll have to bring your own camera to make sure you get a picture of "the one that got away."
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