Castaway Cay, The Bahamas

The idyllic island of Castaway Cay makes for the perfect Bahamian escape with its white sand beaches, swaying palm trees and stunning weather. Privately owned by Disney and reached only by its cruise liners, Castaway Cay’s 1,000 acres are impeccably maintained, making for a relaxing getaway.

Disney has thought of everything to make Castaway Cay the ideal holiday stop. There are cabanas for beach lounging, open-air massages, as well as bars and food aplenty. For the more active, the island boasts underwater treasures for snorkellers to explore, outdoor yoga sessions and water park rides. There is plenty to do for families and adults alike, with separate beaches for each, as well as a teen’s only activity area. Plus, the kids will love being greeted by their favourite Disney characters that wander the island.

This destination is a popular port-of-call in the Disney Cruise Liner itinerary with visitors enjoying the glorious Bahamian weather and Disney hospitality. Castaway Cay is easy to explore, has all the amenities and many costs of the day are included in the cruise package.

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Port Location

Castaway Cay is located in The Bahamas, near Great Abaco Island. Disney has constructed a pier for easy access by cruise liners. These ships dock at the Arrival Plaza.

Port Facilities

The island is well equipped with facilities so visitors need only to remember their stateroom key to get around with ease. Food is included in the cruise package and on offer at various locations around Castaway Cay. Disney’s stores are also located on the island with unique merchandise and there is also a post office with its own Castaway Cay postmark. There are plenty of toilet facilities and a First Aid post.

How to Get Around

Castaway Cay is a fairly small island so it is very easy to get around. While it is possible to get places on foot, there are also complimentary trams that will take you between each attraction.

Travel times from Arrival Plaza:

By foot:

  • 2 minutes to tram stop
  • 12 minutes to Scuttle Cove
  • 35 minutes to Serenity Bay

By tram:

  • 4 minutes to Scuttle Cove (free)
  • 10 minutes to Serenity Bay (free)

General Information

  • Currency – Visitors’ stateroom keys (or Key to the World cards) can be used as a form of payment at Disney run-stores. However, the Post Office requires U.S. currency.  Coins come in 1c, 5c, 10c, 25c, 50c, and $1 coin denominations, while notes are in USD$1, USD$2, USD$5, USD$10, USD$20, USD$50, and USD$100 denominations.
     
  • Time Zone – Castaway Cay, as part of The Bahamas, falls into the Eastern Standard Time zone (EST), which is 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). However, during March and until November, the island switches to Daylight Saving Time (DST), putting the clocks back an hour. 
     
  • Weather – Castaway Cay enjoys a mild, warm climate for most of the year. As one of the more northern islands of The Bahamas, it can be slightly cooler than the southern islands. From September to May, temperatures for The Bahamas average around 21–24 degrees Celsius, with the rest of the year slightly warmer with averages between 27 and 29 degrees Celsius and higher humidity. 

Highlights

  • Snorkelling Lagoon – Disney makes the snorkelling experience magical, for not only can you snorkel amongst the beautiful tropical fish that call Castaway Cay home, you can also discover the sunken treasure on the sea floor. There are two trails, one for beginners and one for the more experienced. Gear can be hired for the day, costing USD$15.05 for children (aged 5 - 9) and USD$31.20 for adults (10 and over) and can be picked up from Gils’ Fins and Boats or Flippers ‘n’ Floats.
     
  • Stingray Adventure – To have a truly memorable Castaway Cay experience, snorkel with the stingrays at Stingray Lagoon. This adventure includes a chance to get right up close to the stingrays with a feeding session as well as the chance to snorkel amongst more than 60 of the elegant creatures. The excursion departs from Stingray Hut and costs USD$38.70 for a child (aged 5 – 9) and USD$48.40 for an adult (aged 10 and over).
     
  • Serenity Bay – Located on the other side of the island from the noisier family beaches, Serenity Bay offers a relaxing and secluded escape for the adults. Reserved for those aged 18 and over, Serenity Bay has its own bar, restaurant and massage cabanas. Disney provides an excellent children’s program at Scuttle’s Cove, so the adults needn’t feel guilty about enjoying some peaceful island time. To access the bay, it’s a 20-minute walk along the airstrip from Scuttle’s Cove. 
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